Dashing through the house, in a search of your décor; o’er the fall stuff we go -searching, we’re not sure.
Where did we put them now? Where are all the lights? It’s not much fun to paw through bags and find that they’re all …broken.
We need some better storage ideas, to get back to singing traditional carol lyrics. But, who wants to spring for a bunch of expensive storage options at the store?
Yes, you’ll need a few boxes. However, I’ve got some DIY tricks up my sweatered sleeve that will help after all that present-spending.
Like, Make Life Lovely‘s idea of using leftover egg cartons for glass ornaments.
I have a bunch of these every time we get eggs from Costco. Now, I can use them for more than compost.
Another great idea for keeping produce -I mean, ornaments- fresh is reusing apple containers.
They look like they’re made for each other, don’t they? Snap the tabs closed, and stack them into a box on on a shelf.
On a reusing binge? I am. Next up is old water bottles.
Did you know that beaded garlands could be stored inside?
Now you know.
Last of my suggestions of unconventional materials is to reuse are drinking cups.
Yep, you heard me correctly: I said, “Blinking pups.” Okay, really, I did mention plastic cups.
After attaching them to a piece of cardboard using my friend, hot glue, they’re set to snugly hold your tree decorating knick-knacks.
I mentioned avoiding stores’ options of boxes initially, but I really can’t agree enough with Stone Gable‘s idea pictured.
It’s not just about getting clear containers, either. She says she decluttered, then kept a specific theme in each easily-see-throughable container. She also labeled them.
The somewhat-compulsive side of me could stare at this organized setup all day.
Storing lights is a pain. I keep their original packaging around, just to make myself feel badly that I cannot possibly get them back in there.
Solution? Easy! It’s cardboard.
Cut out a strip of cardboard, or rip it off in frustration. You’re among friends here.
Cut little etches into the sides, then wrap your Christmas lights around and around. Try not to cross the wires too much; that would be extraordinarily bad.
Ziplock bags aren’t just for your leftover sandwiches anymore.
Now, consider slipping a few out for separating and holding your various ornaments.
It’s a quick, easy way to organize, especially when you want to use them next year.
Hanging ornaments on a pole? In a large container?
I’m totes for real, here.
You’ll need to cut out holes for that pipe first, then you’ll be ready to get this awesomely ghetto idea in place.
It’s time, finally, to put that your evergreen to rest. Why not give him a proper burial with a homemade body bag?
TREE BAG. I said, “Tree bag.” No need to worry.
Just go get a cheap sheet from the store, then follow Time With Thea‘s instructions.
Argh! What about the wreath? Or, wreaths?
I have purchased wreath boxes more than once, and found they were the wrong shape or size for what I needed. What a headache!
Well, no more! Look at this idea from Ask Anna, using a hangerjack (and the means to screw it in the wall).