One thing I love almost as much as holidays is organizing “stuff.” And with so much holiday “stuff” in our house that needs to be stored away for the eleven months out of a year it is not in use (and very little storage space in our house in which to keep it all), organization is of the utmost importance. So since “’tis the season” for spring cleaning, I thought I’d share some of my organization strategies that have worked well for me.
First, invest in lots of plastic boxes. Get all of one type so that they will stack neatly. Pack your holiday decorations in the boxes by holiday. It is very important not to combine more than one holiday in a box. It saves so much time and energy when you don’t have to remember which decoration is in which box. Try to leave a little space in each box so that you have some room to add new decorations each year. I also like to “ruthlessly” clean out the boxes each year when I open them. Getting rid of the decorations you are tired of makes room for new ones you will love!
After your decorations are stored away, head to the Container Store (one of my favorite places!) and go nuts!! We hung Elfa shelves in our extra bedroom and created an art room. Some of my other favorite finds from the Container Store were great ribbon storage boxes (I keep my ribbons stored by color and by holiday) and card storage boxes (I always keep an extra sample of each of the cards I make and store them by holiday in these fantastic card file boxes).
I have bins for upcoming projects, and I have other bins and drawers of craft supplies organized by holiday and season.
This makes it easier to know what supplies I do and don’t have and avoid getting duplicates.
I hope this gives you some ideas for your own spring cleaning. I for one am looking forward to putting labels on my Elfa drawers and shelves over spring break this year. Life in the fast lane, right? Happy organizing!