Staying Organized During And After The Holidays

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The holidays come with a lot of accoutrements—ornaments, wrapping paper, cards, baking gear. Honestly, it seems like my Christmas lights alone could fill a steamer trunk. And don’t even get me started on the cookie cutters.

Here are some organizational tips to keep all your holiday paraphernalia in line so you can spend your mental energy elsewhere—like on wrapping all those presents and preparing the best egg nog you can muster.

What to do with all those ornaments

Ornaments are challenging to store because they’re so fragile and oddly shaped. Of course you can always stuff them in a box with a bunch of newspaper or buy expensive ornament-specific storage boxes, but why not go DIY and use egg cartons to keep those glass balls safe?

Store your strands of lights by wrapping them around cardboard squares, securing each end by sticking it through a slit cut in the square. Stick the whole mess in a plastic bag, and you’re ready to stuff those in the attic until next year.

How to keep wrapping supplies from taking over

The hall closet where I keep my wrapping supplies looks like a Christmas-themed bomb went off inside.

An elegant solution to this problem is to make a wrapping and ribbon rack out of hooks and dowels. If you stick this up in the back of a closet, no one need know it’s there; you can still hang your dresses in front of it.

Other ideas include standing your rolls up in laundry baskets and using over-the-door shoe racks and skirt hangers to organize loose paper, ribbon spools, tape, and scissors.

Where to put those Christmassy baking supplies

A lot of my baking gear is in use all year, but there are various holiday-themed items that must be stored except at the holidays. Where to put all those snowman-shaped cookie cutters and green-and-red sprinkles?

Put everything in containers of a few uniform sizes so they can be easily stacked. Plastic is best, as it will last from year to year and always hold the same shape. Fill rectangular plastic bins with holiday items such as cookie cutters, red or green cupcake wrappers, and holly-jolly cocktail napkins.

Then get a set of small plastic tubs with lids—the type you might carry take-out soup home in. Fill each with a different food item such as colored sprinkles, mulling spices, or peppermint candies. Put these tubs into one of your bins, then stack them all somewhere out of the way, such as the back of a cupboard, and forget them until next year.

Every holiday deserves organization

Of course all these tips could be useful for other holidays. Christmas most certainly doesn’t have the final word on hard-to-organize paraphernalia.

I could write a whole other post about how to store birthday-party decorations or Valentine-making supplies. And don’t even get me started on where to put the spooky trappings of Halloween.

In every case, we all could benefit from some creative organization.

The holidays come with a lot of accoutrements—ornaments, wrapping paper, cards, baking gear. Honestly, it seems like my Christmas lights alone could fill a steamer trunk. And don’t even get me started on the cookie cutters.

Here are some organizational tips to keep all your holiday paraphernalia in line so you can spend your mental energy elsewhere—like on wrapping all those presents and preparing the best egg nog you can muster.

What to do with all those ornaments

Ornaments are challenging to store because they’re so fragile and oddly shaped. Of course you can always stuff them in a box with a bunch of newspaper or buy expensive ornament-specific storage boxes, but why not go DIY and use egg cartons to keep those glass balls safe?

Store your strands of lights by wrapping them around cardboard squares, securing each end by sticking it through a slit cut in the square. Stick the whole mess in a plastic bag, and you’re ready to stuff those in the attic until next year.

How to keep wrapping supplies from taking over

The hall closet where I keep my wrapping supplies looks like a Christmas-themed bomb went off inside.

An elegant solution to this problem is to make a wrapping and ribbon rack out of hooks and dowels. If you stick this up in the back of a closet, no one need know it’s there; you can still hang your dresses in front of it.

Other ideas include standing your rolls up in laundry baskets and using over-the-door shoe racks and skirt hangers to organize loose paper, ribbon spools, tape, and scissors

Where to put those Christmassy baking supplies

A lot of my baking gear is in use all year, but there are various holiday-themed items that must be stored except at the holidays. Where to put all those snowman-shaped cookie cutters and green-and-red sprinkles?

Put everything in containers of a few uniform sizes so they can be easily stacked. Plastic is best, as it will last from year to year and always hold the same shape. Fill rectangular plastic bins with holiday items such as cookie cutters, red or green cupcake wrappers, and holly-jolly cocktail napkins.

Then get a set of small plastic tubs with lids—the type you might carry take-out soup home in. Fill each with a different food item such as colored sprinkles, mulling spices, or peppermint candies. Put these tubs into one of your bins, then stack them all somewhere out of the way, such as the back of a cupboard, and forget them until next year.

Every holiday deserves organization

Of course all these tips could be useful for other holidays. Christmas most certainly doesn’t have the final word on hard-to-organize paraphernalia.

I could write a whole other post about how to store birthday-party decorations or Valentine-making supplies. And don’t even get me started on where to put the spooky trappings of Halloween.

In every case, we all could benefit from some creative organization.

Jessica Johnson

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November 26, 2012

About Jessica Johnson

Marketing Director Extra Space Storage After an internship with a marketing company changed her passion from computer science, Jessica obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. Now Marketing Director for Extra Space Storage, Jessica oversees all of the company's social media profiles and is in charge of all brand marketing efforts. Jessica, an avid goal setter, reads three books each month. Another of her goals, doing something new each year, has brought her to become SCUBA certified, playing in a kickball league, learn to fly fish, and volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival. She also enjoys traveling and trying different and exotic foods. Visit Jessica Johnson on Google+

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