The presents are unwrapped, the guests are gone and the food is eaten. But you're still facing a mound of half-used wrapping-paper rolls...
The presents are unwrapped, the guests are gone and the food is eaten. But you’re still facing a mound of half-used wrapping-paper rolls, an unruly mess of ribbons and cards scattered all around the house.
Even the most organized can feel overwhelmed by the post-Christmas cleanup. But in an era when stores are devoted to organizing, chaos can be controlled heading into the new year. The bevy of holiday-organization choices this year includes greeting-card organizers, wrapping-paper bins and divided ornament-storage boxes.
Plenty of stores also carry bags customized for artificial trees and wreaths so you can keep them in good shape for next year.
Here are some of digs’ favorites. Similar products can be found at most stores that carry storage goods.
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• Holiday Storage Reels in a Bag: The reels neatly hold extension cords, rope lights or mini lights that then can be tucked away in one bag.
$14.97. Lowe’s, 12525 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, 206-366-0365.
• Candles: This Rubbermaid box has partitions with room for up to 30 pounds of candles, from three-wicks to tapers and votives.
• Tree Bag: This sturdy canvas bag is big enough for a 7 ½-foot tree.
$24.97. Lowe’s, 12525 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, 206-366-0365.
• Acid-free ornament storage: Preserve your ornaments in an acid-free box that will make sure your ornaments are around for years.
$39.95 for 44-ornament-capacity box. Storables, 1100 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-462-2900.
• Greeting-card organizer: Keep this organizer in a handy place and prevent card clutter. Store greetings from friends and keep cards stockpiled for next year.
$16.99. The Container Store, 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 120, 425-453-7120.
• Hanging gift bag: This is an easy way to get control of all those gift bags that don’t seem to fit anywhere. The organizer holds up to 150 gift bags.
• Ribbon-dispenser box: Organize those unwieldy spools of ribbon with a dispenser box that holds up to six spools. Openings on the side keep the ribbon accessible, and there is also room for tape and scissors.
$24.99. The Container Store, 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 120, 425-453-7120.
• Wing-lid ornament storage box: This plastic storage bin provides sturdy storage for 75 ornaments.
$19.99. The Container Store, 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 120, 425-453-7120.
• Gift-wrap center: Put away ribbon and cards along with wrapping paper in this gift-wrap center that is small enough to slide under the bed or stow in the closet.
$24.15. The Container Store, 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 120, 425-453-7120
Other storage ideas
There are some other clever solutions for storing items that don’t require a trip to the store. Martha Stewart Living recommends using paper cups for ornament storage. The cups can be placed in a regular plastic bin, layered on pieces of cardboard.
For fragile vintage ornaments, Better Homes and Gardens suggests wrapping them first in acid-free tissue paper, then in bubble wrap and finally a cardboard tube. Take care to not wrap the vintage ornaments directly in bubble wrap.
For holiday candles, Better Homes and Gardens also suggests wrapping them in cellophane and storing them in a cool place. The cellophane (available at paper-goods and craft stores) will keep the candles from transferring color if they do become warm. Avoid plastic wrap, which may melt onto the candles if it gets hot.
Other Martha Stewart suggestions: Wrap lights into neat bundles or wind them around a spool, then place them in separate plastic bags to prevent tangling.
Remember to group decorations and label boxes so you can find what you need next year.
Nicole Tsong: 206-464-2150 or email@example.com