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Holiday Decoration Storage Essentials

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Everyone (who celebrates Christmas) just unpacked all their decorations, and realized, once again, the sad state of their holiday storage situation.

Haggard boxes. Stray cookie tins turned ornament vessel. Cracked bins. And oh, good lord almighty, the lights. The state of the lights was almost enough to cause them to have an aneurism, or at the very least some serious marital anguish.

But this is the year! They’ve decided. This is the year that when it comes down, it gets put away carefully, beautifully, safely. This is the year they procure the necessary storage. In advance! In anticipation!

Well, then…

1. Adjustable ornament storage box

2. ornament storage

3. light and cord wrap with wing lid bin

4. light and cord wind ups

5. Rolling tree storage bag

6. Wreath storage bag

7. Stemware/wine glass storage case // Mug/cup and china storage case

8. Hard shell plate protector

P.S. For everything else: clear, weathertight totes

 

 

How To Decorate For Halloween (& Other Holidays) Without Losing Your Sanity, Spending All Your Cash & Over-Loading Your Storage Space

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I have clients at both ends of the holiday-decorations spectrum. Some, as you can imagine, have tubs and tubs of themed decor for each and every occasion. For others, the holiday decorations are scant. Yet, I’ve noticed a tendency among those in possession of modest decoration collections: there is an underlying belief that to not go balls-to-the-decked-out-walls is to have failed, in some sense. It is to have deprived their offspring of obviously celebratory atmospheres.

“Annie, am I the worst mom ever if I don’t decorate for Halloween?” One of my clients recently asked me.

I’m not sure when, exactly, intensity and quantity overshadowed all else, but they certainly have become the standard to which we hold ourselves. As marketers have pushed merchandise and Pinterest has pushed aspirational images, subtle, Simple tokens of celebration have taken a backseat. In the vehicle we might colloquially term “#Goals,” lavish, labor-intensive installations are cruising shotgun.

The good news is: you’re still the boss, pumpkinsauce! Good enough is a measure you define. Perfectly themed is a classification you make.

You don’t have to buy two cartloads of paraphernalia at Target or at the craft store. You don’t have to hang trinkets and signs from every ledge and hook. You don’t have to be responsible for storing tub-full’s of decorations.

A few things that summarize the spirit of the holiday for you, placed strategically in high traffic areas to maximize visibility and impact, are always sufficient.

Classic, timeless pieces that might even be so subtle as to possess the ostensible ability to blend into your decor year-round will always serve you well in the long run.

Holidays can often be alluded to through the use of colors, often with just as much, if not more, success than through specific shapes or symbols.

Organic materials are usually the most affordable, most natural-looking, and least storage-space-requiring means of decoration.

These principles hold true for any holiday. What with Halloween being on the horizon and all, let’s peep some examples of decorations that Live way Simply. 

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Angie Holden

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Caitlin Cawley

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Good Housekeeping

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Honestly Yum

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Flax & Twine

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Stylizimo

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Midwest Living

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Good Housekeeping 

Sanity-saving, wallet-relieving, storage space-freeing rules for holiday decorating.

Image credit: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

 

Now tell me what you’re being. No, scratch that: tell me what candy I can expect were I to trick-or-treat at your doorstep. 

All The Holiday Storage You Need

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Here at Live Simply, we like to inaugurate (ahem) the Christmas season by talking about packing all the related trimmings away.

It isn’t that we’re x-mas grinches, but die-hard organizers, and thusly want to ensure you have sufficient time to procure the storage items you’ll need in the near future.

(Shout-out to all my Jews and other festive-season celebrating crews who travel light.)

It isn’t that most people lack storage for their holiday decorations, it’s more that their existing vessels are barely managing to not spontaneously collapse on the shelf in that one weird closet.

Oh, believe me, I’ve seen it all out there on the mean streets: cracked plastic bins, haggard retail boxes, tissue paper so respectably well-used it’s less like paper than it is like tissue. As in, blow your nose in that and it will disintegrate to dust, and certainly it can’t be called upon to protect your precious trinkets another go-around!

This year, just do me and you a favor and get what you need to contain what you love–if you do.

And you, with the lone box of Hanukkah candles left over, I see you.

This year, all the holiday decorations are going away organized!

1. Wing Lid Light Storage Box

2. Christmas Light Storage Wheels with Bag- 3 Metal Reels with Carrying Case

3. Weathertight Storage

4. Clear Storage Boxes

5. Clear Ribbon box

6. Wrapping paper box

7. Packing Paper, 24 Inch x 24 Inch Sheets, Pack of 120 Sheets

8. Acid Free Tissue Paper – 100 Sheets 15″x20″ Acid-Free

9. Gift Wrap Caddy

10. Premium Christmas Wreath Storage Bag with Direct-Suspend Handle

11. Ornament Case (20-Ornaments)

12. Keepsake Ornament Storage Chest

(p.s. from a pro-packer, I’m telling you: you can skip the bubble wrap, all together. A couple or three sheets of newsprint, rolled and wrapped smartly is all you need.)