Maybe it is all the holiday sweets and our blood sugars run high, that makes us wrap up the holidays fast and not organize for next year?
If you are like me – during December I find all types of miscellaneous items that were misplaced last January after the Holiday extravaganzas! Of course, by the time there discovered in a box, I have already purchased additional wrapping paper, napkins, nametags and whatnots….wasting a LOT of Money. I just shake my head in shame and say NEXT year, I’ll be more organized! However, this idea never makes it on my NEW YEAR’S Resolution List – pity.
TQI-WC MOBILE WRAPPING WORKSTATION FOR HOME , PLAY OR WORK
Well here is a Wrapping Organization and DIY Cart that we invented and was the HIGH Seller at a local Charity Auction in TECNI-QUIP’s town Seguin, Texas! It hit a nerve with the crowd – and the dollars went up! IT must be a “good idea” to help store and use efficiently wrapping papers for any celebration. We will be offering it on our Shopping Cart in 2016 along with other carts and storage containers for the OCD ‘locked” inside of you. Below are some more important storage ideas from This Old House Online by VICTORIA REITANO & TABITHA SUKHAITHIS
Smart Ways to Store Holiday Decorations
Artificial Tree Storage
Artificial trees can last years and years with the proper care. Schneider suggests that you think about the weight of the tree before determining where to store it. “Most artificial trees are too heavy to wrestle into a trap-door attic or lug up a set of stairs. Consider storing the tree on the same floor as it is used, perhaps in an adjacent garage, storage room or closet,” she advises.A rolling case is a great option for easy moving. If you have the space, you can really save time next year by storing your tree without dismantling it. TreeKeeper bags with rolling bases are available in a variety of sizes. A heavy-duty plastic hook allows you to hang the bag from rafters in your garage or storage unit.
Tangle-Free Christmas Light Storage
In a battle between a decorator and a wad of tangled lights, the lights will almost always win. “Use a piece of masking tape and a permanent marker to label each strand. Your note can indicate how long it is or where it was used for easy replacement next year,” advises Schneider. Once that’s taken care of, wrap the stands securely to prevent bulb breakage and tangling. The case shown here provides 2 reels inside of an insulated, zippered bag. Each reel holds up to 100 feet of lights and the removable spools make it safe and easy to maneuver around your tree or entry garland when relighting.
Holiday Villages and Collectible Storage Case Schneider suggests that villages should be stored “in one or two cases or tubs by packing the buildings in first, then placing any snow, ground, landscaping or lighting on the top so that you can open the tub and immediately begin building next year.” If you pack your containers with what you’ll need first on top, you can unpack and decorate as you go along instead of having to unload an entire case before getting started. Makes sense since this also puts heavier items toward the bottom and lighter components above. This bag holds up to 20 boxed village components, and features rear wheels and padded handles for safe, easy moving of all your little breakable houses at once.
Crush-Proof Wreath Case
Fragile wreaths of dried berries and twigs could make it another year if they’re stored carefully. Meanwhile, artificial wreaths can stay decorated and fluffy for next year. “If your wreath is particularly large or heavily decorated, consider wrapping it loosely in plastic and hanging it from a nail on an attic rafter or wall peg,” advises Schneider. You can also try one of these crush-proof containers. They may take up more space than their softer storage counterparts may, but they’ll do a better job protecting what’s inside. They can be stacked, or hung on walls by mounting holes on the back.
Stash Tree Skirts, Table Cloths, and Other Seasonal Linens
Keep your poinsettia-patterned tablecloths and heirloom tree skirt safe from moisture, mold, moths, and dust by storing them in a hanging vacuum-storage bag. Sure, the airtight space-savers are meant to compress up to 10 garments, but no reason you can’t fold and hang clean seasonal linens, including plush winter throws, too. Next year, you’ll unseal items that are as fresh as they were the day you stored them.