Organizing Christmas Ornaments Using Candle Crates

Today I’d like to share with you how I organized and stored my Christmas ornaments. I always have stored them in totes, but this year in my quest to better storage solutions I had a bright idea. Before placing the ornaments in totes, use some candle crates to separate them and protect them from bumping against one another. I have a lot of large ornaments so these crates work perfectly.  Here’s a picture before the crates were inserted into the totes.

organizing ornaments using candle crates

 

Like I said some of the ornaments are large so not all will fit in the crates, but the ones that do… I placed in them.

organizing ornaments with candle crates

 

Of course I obsessively moved them around from tote to tote attempting to match all of the alike ornaments together.   I get crazy like that sometimes.

Organizing Christmas Ornaments Using Candle Crates

Another thing I did, but the picture isn’t shown here, you can see it in the video here, I turned some of the crates upside down on top of the last row.  So, what this did was protect any ornaments that would move around and create a buffer.  You know I was so excited that I thought to re-purpose these crates.  Anything to help keep them from the landfill and they are being of great use to me in organizing these ornaments.  Here’s a video below that shows a few more boxes that I did the exact same way.  Hope this idea helps you organize your ornaments or maybe you can find another use for them too.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Organizing Christmas Wrapping Paper & More

The beginning of this week I completed putting away all of the Christmas decorations.  I usually get tired of them right before Christmas.  Of course that will happen when I put them up a couple weeks before Thanksgiving.

Well, this year I was on a mission to put everything away properly and organized.  I knew this would take some time and my goal was to not get frustrated.  The way our home is set up, we have an attic and a crawlspace.  Two very hard to reach locations to store things and if we’re not on a mission, it gets frustrating.

So,  my mission was to begin with putting away Christmas cards, tags, bows, ribbons…smaller items that I can organize into one location.  I started with these Snapware containers.  Perfect for organizing a group of multiple items together, don’t you think?

Snapware Containers

With the Snapware containers you can add on additional storage containers as needed or separate them. Another thing I added to the containers were chalkboard labels. I love chalkboard labels! Love them. My go to labels are the ones I get from Hobby Lobby. They’re easier to clean off and rewrite on. There are others that are good too, but these are just my go to.

chalkboard labels

chalkboard labels close up

Next thing to do was fill them up with Christmas cards, tags, ribbons, bows and etc…..

Snapware Containers w Labels Filled

 

Snapware filled another view

 

After those were organized the next thing to do was organize wrapping paper and gift bags.  The wrapping paper I had left over was too long for the bag.  So instead I went with the gift wrap boxes for paper.

Gift wrapping box

This past summer I found a great case to organize gift wrapping paper, bags, tags, cards… I used the bag to hold all of my Christmas gift bags.

Gift bag organizer

Getting this task complete first was the motivation I needed to put away the rest of the Christmas decorations. Everything has a place and I know exactly where to find them next Christmas. Originally I had all gift wrapping accessories together. However, that didn’t make much sense when the Christmas items aren’t used year round. Hope you can use some of my ideas for inspiration and you’re off to a Happy New Year. Have you began putting away your Christmas decor yet?

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Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Organizing hard to get to spaces

Most of the time I feel like I’m chasing my tail when it comes to organizing our home.  One minute I’m organizing and getting things in order and the next I’m redoing a space I once had completed.  On the bright side of chasing my tail, whenever I refresh a recent project… I love the new look.

Well, the new project on my list is to reorganize the crawlspace.  I dread entering the crawlspace! Deep dread.  Dread it.  Those are the moments I wish Bam Bam from the Flinstones was my son.  He could walk in there and pick up everything for me ;-/

Here’s a few things I’ve learned to do when organizing a place that’s hard to get into.

1. Take an overview of the space. This is a critical step because when you have a space that’s not easily accessible you want to eliminate any unnecessary work.  While overviewing your space map out changes you’ll make, where things will go, storage you’ll need and so on.

2. Get ready to purge! Yep, I said the “P” word.  My husband and I always battle in this area.

3. Reuse.  Before I purchase new storage items I use what I have first.

4. Execute your plan and always leave room to readjust when needed.  There’s nothing like getting excited about a project and hitting a stumbling block.  Leaving room to regroup and readjust where needed helps make the project successful.

Have you had to organize a space that’s not easily accessible?  How did you overcome the obstacles?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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