I told you I was going to begin a series on Organizing For Small Spaces.
I need to start with the Christmas Tree as, it is the most pressing, I need to get it out of the living room.
As you know, we moved into an apartment a few months ago and it is much smaller than we had. When we move, I always forget to stay with my 3 boys and hubby while they move everything!
Usually – not that we move often – I will go with the first load and then stay at the new place to point out where things go and unpack the boxes as they arrive.
That is a good strategy except that my boys and hubby want to finish quickly…leading us back to the Christmas Tree.
We got a storage unit this time to store our stove and fridge since we can’t have those here. We also don’t have places for the things that were in the attic – so a storage unit was necessary.
So, they filled it up with the stuff that wasn’t coming to the apartment and I never went to look. Then comes Christmas and my hubby is hiding my gifts in there, so still I don’t see anything – until the day the tree comes out of storage – HOLY COW!!!
I sit in the car waiting for him to bring it out – (remember last year I had just had surgery so my son-in-law packed the tree away after Christmas) here comes my hubby with the worst looking totally unrecognizable cardboard box!
I mean ornaments are falling out and rolling down the way and the pieces of the tree are hanging out all over! Worse than a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!
So, I knew right then and there a new hard plastic box was in order! Well, having never had one for any of the trees, ever, I wasn’t sure where to find one.
I did find however, that there is a sweet spot to the time frame of finding one and that is going to be 1-2 days after Christmas – yeah, I missed it!
I looked for storage solutions at Target, Big Lots, and Walmart in store and online and they were all sold out! So, I had to buy 2 boxes at Home Depot and paid about $18 each – yuck! but it held the tree, and I bought 2 smaller boxes for the ornaments and the garland and other decorations for about $4 each. I used the garland to wrap around the fragile ball-type ornaments and I cut up an old towel to wrap the fragile memory ornaments.
I have been told that a canvas tree bag works well, too. It definitely would have been cheaper.
So, now with the tree and decorations packed up and in storage in hopefully indestructible boxes, I feel better! Even somewhat accomplished! Yay!
What are your storage solutions for Christmas decorations?
Next Time: My New Space Saving Keurig!
And: The Stockpile Pantry!
Misty Grenz says
I use a canvas bag for the tree and plastic wreath holders for my 2 wreaths. I paid $6 each for the wreath holders and $9 for the canvas bag. For my ornaments and other items, I used shoe boxes. I label each box so I know what is in them and then store them in a large tote that I also mark. I put outside decorations in totes also and label those. That way it is easy to know where everthing is when we decorate the next year!!
@Misty Grenz: I was afraid a bag wouldn’t be as sturdy! I should have done that! I don’t have any wreaths, but, I did see those containers, that would have been nice several years ago when I did have them. I used to keep them on coat hangers in my coat closet! 🙂
I bought a Christmas tree bag yesterday at Walmart for $13. I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it but it has plenty of room (I was able to put my garland in it too) and it has wheels on one end so it can be rolled around instead of having to carry it. I’ve always used totes and needed a new one so I went to Walmart to find one and they were sold out. Luckily I found this bag!
@Carmen: Wow! with wheels – now that I would love!
Thanks and what a great deal, too!