Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’

Tip #25 – Gift Bags

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Reuse your gift bags.

Reuse your gift bags.

Decorative gift bags can be very pricey. As you receive gift bags, hold on to them. Reuse them for gifts that you are giving others.

If you want to get real organized you can even organize your bags by holiday/event. You can place your bags in a box and then use small pieces of cardboard as a separator.

When you bring home your leftovers from the restaurant you can also reuse this bag. These bags can make great lunch bags.

Tip #4 – Dusty Holiday Decorations?

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Use a vacuum to clean larger decorations.

Did your holiday decorations collect a little dust while on display? No problem. Use either an air compressor or a can of compressed air (great for those small, delicate pieces). For some of your larger items, like your tree or wreaths, you may need to use a vacuum cleaner. Whichever method you use, hold the item far enough away to prevent and damage and keep an eye on small and delicate pieces attached to your decorations. If you do then cleaning now, everything will be ready to go for next Christmas and decorating will be that much more enjoyable.

Tip #3 – Holiday Lights

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Who enjoys untangling their Christmas lights each year? NOT ME! Now that all the presents are unwrapped, you probably find yourself with a few extra cardboard boxes lying around your house. (And if you’re lucky, you got a gift from Crate&Barrel so you have a good quality

Holiday lights wrapped around a piece of cardboard.

Holiday lights wrapped around a piece of cardboard.

cardboard box.) The amount of lights you have will determine how many “pieces” of your box you will need…you may want or need to use the top flaps, sides and bottom flaps. After you have carefully cut apart your box, make a small slit in either the top or bottom of one cardboard piece. As you begin to take down your lights, first tuck the end of the cord into the slit you made and wrap the string of lights around the cardboard. Continue to wrap the lights until you have filled the piece of cardboard. You can either make a second slit for the other end of your lights, or simply tuck the cord underneath the wrapped lights. Depending on how much of your box is left, you can even drop your wrapped cords into the box for easy storage.

This same strategy can be used for any of your holiday or seasonal lights.

Tip #2 – Holiday Decorations

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

If you’re like me, you get your holiday decorations arranged just the way you want them, a year passes, and then you have no memory of where that wreath went or what shelf you used for your favorite candle. Problem solved! Prior to taking down your decorations this year, take photos of them all. You have a couple of different options with your photos: print them and store with each specific decoration or create a folder on your computer to house the images. Either way, next year’s decorating will go that much quicker!