It’s official — the holidays are here! Now we must answer the question: Where do we put them? If you find yourself wrangling, tangling and mangling your holiday decorations and gift-wrapping supplies every year, I might be able to help. I’m a sucker for storage.Check out my Good To Know tips for some simple ways to tame the festive clutter this season:
If those tips spoke to you, I’m just going to keep talking. I literally never stop looking for clever organizational solutions and this holiday season I can’t wait to tell you about a few new tricks. Here are three more items you might have hanging around your house that can help you do away with holiday debris.Paper Towel Holder:
Plain, standalone, vertical paper towel holders are also fantastic ribbon dispensers. Stack all of your favorite rolls of ribbon on top of each other, then pull and cut whatever length you need. You can keep it out at your wrapping station during prime present season and tuck it away easily in a closet or cabinet when the gift giving has slowed down a little.
A toilet paper roll makes a great clamp to keep wrapping paper from unraveling.
: I’m an admitted wrapping paper junkie, so wasting scraps is not an option for me. A week or two into the season, however, my wrapping station sometimes looks more like a ticker-tape parade. Basic (and affordable) office supply accordion files are the perfect way to keep wrap scraps and easily wrinkled tissue paper in fighting shape. The file’s tabs even allow you to organize by holiday or color, if you’re that crazy. (I’m that crazy.)
Digital Picture Frame
Wrap Christmas lights around a wire clothes hanger to prevent tangling and breakage.
: We all love receiving holiday cards from friends and family, but once the ball drops and the New Year arrives, things get tricky. Do you give up some sweet storage space to those suckers or do you toss your cousin Terry in the trash? With a basic digital picture frame you don’t have to choose. You can scan each year’s cards onto the frame’s memory drive and display a heartwarming slideshow every season. Guests will love looking for old versions of themselves at parties and dinners. They’ll feel touched that you made an effort to remember them, and you can avoid feeling guilt over your garbage can.I hope you’ve all had a safe and wonderful season so far! As always, I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried any of these strategies or if you have any others you’d like to share. After all, ideas don’t take up any space, so we can feel free to keep collecting them!