The holiday season means decoration time. Pulling out boxes, bags and containers of all kinds of special treasures you’ve saved for embellishing your home every year and they are all marked “holiday”. Where to begin, but to open them all and start dragging items out until you find what you are looking for at that moment. Eventually you make your way through it all in time to enjoy the holidays for the family gatherings and entertaining of the season, only to be quickly followed by the dreaded post-holiday season of taking down those decorations and putting them away for another year. But did you know the post-holiday season is the best time to organize all those decorations?
Here are some organizing tips for making this a really productive organizing season too!
When next year comes around you won’t be opening 10+ containers at once looking for certain items as you are trying to decorate. By sorting all of your holiday décor into categories and packing the décor into labeled containers will keep your décor organized and easy to access for the next season. You’ll look forward to knowing where everything is when you’re ready to decorate and knowing where everything belongs when you’re ready to put it away.
Here are simple ways to put the sanity back into the process of packing for a trip:
Stay true to yourself and you will always look fabulous! It doesn’t make sense to go on vacation to reduce stress and then pack in such a way as to cause you more stress. Pack well and enjoy your trip.
As a Professional Organizer, one of my favorite tools is my label maker. With one little machine you can create oodles of labels in different fonts, colors and even add borders. However, can you create a label without a label maker? Absolutely! Check out these other creative and perhaps “new to you” ideas to keep all of your favorite things in place:
The additional ideas listed below are brought to you courtesy of Martha Stewart and her new Home Office line at Staples. What can’t that woman do!
Whatever your preference or style there is a labeling option out there for you…even if it’s as simple as a Post-It and Sharpie! Happy Labeling!
Home is where you hang your hat. – Proverb
(That is, if you can find your hat and if there’s room for it on the hat rack.)
You’re walking through your local home goods store and you see the most attractive fabric storage totes that would be just perfect for finally organizing your bulging linen closet and you just have to buy them. When you go to set them up the next day, you realize that not only are they too small to hold the contents of your closet but they are also too tall to fit on your shelves!
It can be so frustrating to spend time picking out a lovely basket or interesting storage piece only to bring it home and find that it is barely big enough to store half of what you had in mind. It could be baskets to organize your pantry or plastic bins for sports equipment in the garage. Whatever the intent, there are a few things worth considering prior to running out to buy organizing supplies.
Size: It’s hard to choose the right sized storage piece(s) when you don’t know how much you have to store! Before picking out the container
Function: The type of items and frequency of their usage should be taken into account when deciding what type of container to choose
Placement: Decide whether or not your container will be in public view
Cost: Your need for function or fashion will have some affect on the amount you will spend on storage.
Now that you have considered size, function, placement and cost, you can stroll confidently among aisles of home organizing tools, sizing up all the latest, greatest products with an eye for just the right one that fits your need.