Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Storing Holiday Decorations

I received a gift card for this post, though the thoughts and opinions are mine because, believe it or not, a home decor company did not ask me to write about purging possessions and avoiding buying what you don't need...during the busiest shopping weeks of the year. Also, check out the giveaway at the end of the post.



I work on a fairly regular basis with Wayfair, but there are changes afoot. I'll no longer be doing monthly posts on their site because they have more guest bloggers than they can handle. This suits me fine because in all honesty, I was having trouble keeping up once I started working full time. We agreed that every now and then they would contact to me to write a home related post if the topic interested me. They emailed me a couple of weeks ago to write and...I guess I didn't read the fine print because this post is supposed to be about holiday entertaining.

Hahahaha! I hate entertaining. I hate parties. In general, I hate leaving my bubble of safety and interacting with the world for more than minutes at a time. Wayfair, you do not want me writing a post about entertaining unless that post includes a link to a mood stabilizer.



To be fair, they did say I could write about entertainment "woes," though I doubt woes for them means "I hate everything about it."

I gave it some thought, and I decided to write about something I enjoy: organizing. Specifically, organizing all the platters that come with entertaining and organizing my holiday decorations (which some of you asked me to do in this post detailing our holiday ornament tradition).

So here, goes.



Platters


The first thing you need to do is get rid of what you don't use or need. I know that's not a fun tip you can put on pinterest, but it's the truth. The best way to get organized is to reduce the amount you have to organize. One way to do that is to buy multi-use items. If it has only one use, it doesn't take up space in my kitchen. This is why I don't own a garlic press. My chef's knife is my garlic press! With that philosophy in mind, avoid buying any old chopping board (unless you're using it for raw meat). Buy something beautiful and long lasting so that you can use them as cheese boards and appetizer platters at your next party.

Once you've cleaned out your kitchen and bought functional, attractive chopping boards you can use as platters, it's time to organize your now-empty cupboards with rack organizers.

I swear by these in my kitchen. The most straight forward way to organizer your platters is by size with the largest platter on the bottom. That's great, until you need the large platter. Rack organizers are worth every penny.


Decorations

My Christmas tree ornaments are glass, so the way I store my ornaments may not be necessary if your ornaments aren't as fragile. If your ornaments are sturdy, you can store them in a regular bin with a snap lid  or in a storage bag with cardboard segments. The reason why this method won't work with ornaments like mine is because the cardboard can crumple under pressure. If you live in a very humid or damp environment, that's something to consider, too. won't survive a wet environment.

When possible, I keep my ornaments in their original packaging. Then I store them in large, super sturdy bins like these. I don't use segmented organizers because my ornaments are not round or uniform in size. For those fragile ornaments without packaging, I wrap them using a big roll of acid-free paper or tissue paper. The paper is acid-free to protect the finish on the ornament. I wrap them like I would anything fragile before a big move. I keep my paper year after year and mark which ornament goes where, so the process actually goes quite fast. I clearly mark the bins with the ornaments with a sign that says the contents are fragile, this way we know not to stack additional bins on top.

As for all my other decorations, they also go in bins with like items grouped together. All the greenery is in one bin, all the blankets and stockings in another, etc.

And that's it! There's nothing to it. The hardest part is purging what you don't use or need. Last year I did a huge purge of Christmas decorations and put them to use in the library. I plan to do another purge this year, too. Let's call it another one of my holiday traditions.

Giveaway

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49 comments:

  1. I keep my glass ornaments in (former) popcorn canisters . . . fancy, I know. :)

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  2. Love this post, Jules. Simplifying keeps us all sane, and for what it's worth - I host a holiday party each year, but you can usually find me hiding in the kitchen (away from the guests). #INTJ. :)

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  3. I love your honesty. :)

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  4. Oops, missed the part about needing a link. This beautiful cutting board would be on my holiday entertaining wish list!

    http://www.wayfair.com/Architec-Acacia-Raw-Edge-Gripper-Cutting-Board-GWBARE15-YDD1006.html

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  5. Oh, I don't have a very good system when it comes to storing decorations....but they do all fit in about three bins, so that's something, right? :) Great giveaway.

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  6. I'm ready to be a real grown-up and own a dining room table. I love this one because it's sizeable without taking up a lot of visual space: http://www.wayfair.com/Aeon-Furniture-Greenwich-Dining-Table-AEON1024-AEON1024.html

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  7. haha... I HEAR YA... decorating and organizing BEFORE the party is pretty much the only thing I enjoy about parties. But I do so enjoy that part! ;)
    I need this throw in my life: http://www.wayfair.com/Rizzy-Home-Cable-Knit-Cotton-Throw-TH01-RZY2677.html

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  8. Oh, and a link to my holiday wishlist....adding some new pieces for entertaining. http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Stylish-Serveware-Serat-2-Layer-Round-Slate-Cheese-Tray~PVQ1607~E14243.html?group_id=34

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  9. hahaha...there are times when I read your blog and think "Oh good! Someone else gets it! We're so similar" and then I remember that I love entertaining and it all comes crashing down, haha. But, that probably makes this all the more useful.

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  10. I haven't a clue on how to decorate our tiny front porch for the holidays - do I keep the bench out there year-round? If yes (becuz the space will look crazy empty w/o it), what can I add to make it look festive? Please understand these are rhetorical questions - tho if you have any suggestions, I'm all ears! In the meantime, maybe something like this would work...
    http://www.wayfair.com/Woodland-Imports-2-Piece-Glass-and-Metal-Lantern-Set-23906-WLI7698.html

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  11. I would really like some holiday pillows to add to our paltry holiday decorations...Festive decorations make for a festive party, right? http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Pillows-%26-Tree-Skirts-from-%2415-Holiday-Ornaments-Throw-Pillow~PWP3865~E16008.html?group_id=34

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  12. I would love a collection of cutting boards like these

    http://www.wayfair.com/Lipper-International-Acacia-Square-Chopping-Block-1016-IG1470.html

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  13. http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Breville-BOV800XL~VIL1028~E14258.html

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  14. I need some fresh rugs for the kitchen! http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Dressed-Up-Dining-Furniture-Cambridge-Lattice-Navy-Blue-%26-Ivory-Area-Rug~FV24186~E14246.html?category_id=84

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  15. I want a new sofa! http://www.wayfair.com/Lexington-Images-of-Courtrai-Belfort-Extended-Leather-Loveseat-9098-34-02-LTN2439.html

    Granted, it's a little more than $500. ;)

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  16. I love this wreath for my front door (I can never find something I like in stores!): http://www.wayfair.com/Urban-Florals-Holiday-Time-Wreath-FLOR3756-FLOR3756.html

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  17. This has been on my list for a while. http://www.wayfair.com/Fox-Run-Craftsmen-20-Marble-Pastry-Board-3829-FRU1032.html

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  18. Although this is supposed to be a gift for the host/hostess why can't I have it?! And how awesome is the pull out utensil tray!
    http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Gifts-for-the-Host-%26-Hostess-Malvern-Cheese-Tray~PVQ1206~E14404.html?group_id=35

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  19. I definitely want the Acacia chopping block now. http://www.wayfair.com/Lipper-International-Acacia-Square-Chopping-Block-1016-IG1470.html

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  20. http://www.wayfair.com/Monarch-Specialties-Inc.-Computer-Desk-MNQ2149-MNQ2149.html

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  21. Ok, they have some good deals on rugs, and our entry way need a runner, so I'm eyeing this: http://www.wayfair.com/Andover-Mills-Standish-Brown-Tan-Area-Rug-KIHR1030-ANDO1031.html

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  22. Writing what goes where on the wrapping is brilliant! We never remember & start looking for last year's pictures if we can't find a good spot for something.

    We use those ornament boxes you posted, but I do use the cardboard. we just keep the heavier things on the bottom & larger odd shaped things on the top--we take some of the dividers out to make bigger spaces. We haven't had problems but we only have humidity issues in the summer & early fall.

    I have been coveting a bathroom vanity for about a year that Wayfair carries--we just can't get our act together on getting the bathroom redone, though. I was going to share the link, but read in the fine print that NY residents aren't eligible. I'm pretty sure that is the fault of the state & not Wayfair!

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  23. I have convinced myself that if I had a lounging bench at the foot of my bed, I would stop using the wooden bench that's currently there as a landing spot for clothing that needs folded and extra pillows. http://www.wayfair.com/Ave-Six-Curves-Velvet-Entryway-Bench-CVS20-C12-AVS1259.html This would totally make that happen. Yes. Definitely. Right. Uh huh. Yup. Totally.

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  24. http://www.wayfair.com/Wildon-Home-%C2%AE-Rollins-Floor-Lamp-41549CSa-LO1391.html Two of these lamps would be great in our living room. I am going to purge a few more things from the Christmas bins this year. Remember when decorating consisted of ONE tree and a nativity, maybe a wreath or a poinsettia if you were really fancy? I am old, so so old.

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  26. Thanks for motivating me to *finally* go through my holiday stuff and purge!

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  27. I have been living in one room while temporarily assigned to a different town for 4 months. This has really inspired me to purge my stuff when I get home. But I am also really wanting a set of copper mule cups since getting to like this cocktail in my temporary home. http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Top-25-Gifts-Hammered-Moscow-Mule-Mug-16-Oz~OI1228~E14395.html?group_id=35

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  28. We store our lights in old oatmeal containers. Everything else is either in its original box or wrapped in tissue or bubble wrap. I would use the gift card to get some nightstands like these: http://www.wayfair.com/Winsome-Shaker-1-Drawer-Nightstand-94922-WN1596.html

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  29. i need some sturdy chairs that my boys won't destroy and these may just be the right ones: http://www.wayfair.com/Crosley-Amelia-Caf%C3%A9-Side-Chair-CF500617-CRY2074.html

    thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I'd love this dish: http://www.wayfair.com/Le-Creuset-Signature-Rectangular-Dish-PG1047S-LEC3116.html

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  31. I love this dish: http://www.wayfair.com/Le-Creuset-Le-Creuset-Heritage-Stoneware-Oval-Au-Gratin-Dish-PG0400-24-LEC1984.html

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  33. Techni Mobili 30" x 44" Computer Desk The only way I know to link it (sigh) really need a computer desk. Sweetiesuzy@aol.com

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  34. Love this serving platter/chopping block! http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Stylish-Serveware-Buxton-Board-and-Tools-Cheese-Tray~PVQ1199~E14243.html?group_id=34

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  35. I was just saying that I need a chaise lounge on the patio so I can lay out there and read.

    http://www.wayfair.com/Wicker-Lane-Wicker-Adjustable-Chaise-Lounger-with-Cushion-WL-1_CL1-FS0-WBP1007.html

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  36. We've been looking for under cabinet lighting for our kitchen for about a year now. When we moved in, there was a fluorescent tube fixture. The light it put out was flickery and yellow but it gave us light to work by. Now that light has bit the dust and we're trying to find an LED or similar that will put out a good amount of light to work by.
    This one looks like it would do the job - and the reviews seem to confirm that thought - but it's quite out of our price range for a quick fix.
    http://www.wayfair.com/WAC-Lighting-24-LED-Under-Cabinet-Bar-Light-WAC4352.html

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  37. Just acquired some blue glass ornaments from my grandma's tree. And we won't even put up a tree this year ..... I'm failing at the purging part of this task. ;D
    http://www.wayfair.com/Ove-Decors-Elizabeth-36-Bathroom-Vanity-Ensemble-Set-Elizabeth_36-XOV1049.html

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  38. I LOVE this board! ; http://www.wayfair.com/John-Boos-BoosBlock-Square-Maple-Butcher-Block-Cutting-Board-CCBXX-S-JB1034.html

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  39. I use an old shoe/boot box for ornaments and wrap them in paper bags from the grocery store. It's very temporary and your post just inspired me to get a better container for them. I would love to get more ornaments like these: http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Shiraleah-40-63-001GO~SHIR1539~E16007.html and then a fun bunk bed for my son like this one: http://www.wayfair.com/Donco-Kids-Twin-Tent-Loft-Bed-with-Slide-750T-DONC1007.html

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  40. I love this rug! http://www.wayfair.com/Safavieh-Soho-Light-Grey-Ivory-Area-Rug-SOH732K-FV17276.html

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  41. I have a cutting board similar to the one in your post, but I never thought of using it as a platter. Great tip!

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  42. Bins are the only way to go when it comes to storing Christmas deco!

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  43. I'm into the texture on this serving tray. I can think of plenty of uses for it! http://www.wayfair.com/Palecek-Havana-Round-Tope-Top-Serving-Tray-342883-KSD1033.html

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  44. Missed the bit about a link: my foyer needs a big table for guests' purses and winter gear: http://www.wayfair.com/Convenience-Concepts-Wyoming-Console-Table-227477-CVC1584.html

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  45. I need two of these for my master bath!
    http://www.wayfair.com/Amanti-Art-Country-Large-Mirror-DSW01036-XAQ1130.html

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  46. I'm moving to a new place where I'll finally have a dining room! This dining set would be perfect for holiday entertaining! http://www.wayfair.com/Steve-Silver-Furniture-Antoinette-11-Piece-Dining-Set-SVV1866.html

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  47. What I really need for entertaining is a twin for the spare room so that I can host out-of-town guests. This would do the trick I believe! http://www.wayfair.com/Atlantic-Furniture-Concord-Platform-Bed-AP81X1004-FY2818.html?piid%5B0%5D=6084669

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  48. What a great give away. I used to think the container store was the way to go but you're right. It's all about purging!

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