Christmas Decoration Organizers, Part 2

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Twinkling holiday lights are a pleasure to see but can be a pain to hang, remove and store. This is especially true when snarled light strings and broken bulbs cause decorating delays and frustration.  The Easy Install Christmas Light Storage system helps solve these holiday headaches with three spools that provide tangle-free storage for up to three strands of 100-foot lights. The system also makes the light installation and removal processes easier thanks to thInstall and Store Christmas Light Storage Imagee included Versa-Clamp that attaches to your ladder or gutter to hold the spools while you decorate.  A similar holiday lights storage product is made by Honey-Can-Do.Multi-Use Rolling Storage Bag Image

Reusable Christmas trees and wreaths offer a different type of storage challenge.  Fortunately there is now a wide variety of wreath storage and  Christmas tree storage solutions to choose from. The Expandable Rolling Christmas Tree Storage Bag and multi-use Rolling Storage Bag, both by TreeKeeper, are among the most versatile and efficient options.

 

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Christmas Decoration Organizers, Part 1

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Holiday decorations are delightful to see – except when they haven’t been put up in time for the holidays, or if they’ve been left up long past New Year’s Day.

One way to keep your decorating schedule on track is to use easy-to-access systems specifically designed for safe storage of fragile ornaments, lights and artificial greenery. Anything that can make the hanging-up and putting-away processes easier and less time-consuming is worth a try.

To prevent decoration damage and disorder,Zippered Ornament Storage Box Image ornament storage boxes are a good investment–they have compartments for individual ornaments so you don’t need to wrap them individually (a huge timesaver).  The Zippered Ornament Storage Box offers safe storage for up to 48 Christmas tree ornaments.If you need more compartments, the Ornament Keeper Ornament Storage Box has spaces for 72 and also includes a large zippered pouch on the front that’s designed to hold a tree skirt.

Next week:  Organizers for holiday lights, trees and wreaths.

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Answer: Narrow and deep spice cabinet

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Q: I live in an older home. The cabinets where I keep my spices are 7.25 inches wide × 10 inches at opening and very deep. I need a simple slide/glide for spices. Do you have anything that will work?

A. Your cabinet dimensions certainly present a challenge but I think the Pantry Roll-out Storage Baskets could work since there is one that’s 7 inches wide by x 21.5 long.  The baskets are actually designed to work with a roll-out system that is too large for your cabinets, but you could use them individually without the system–even though they won’t “glide” on a rack, they’ll slide manually.

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Gift Wrap Organizers

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Although gift-giving is associated with the holidays, luckily this delightful custom isn’t limited to one special season. There are always birthdays, weddings, graduations and other present-worthy occasions to celebrate…and these events create a year-round need for gift wrap.

Of course it takes more than mere wrapping paper to do the job properly. There’s also tissue, ribbons, bows, sparkly confetti, shredded filler and tiny gift cards. Such delicate items are awkward to store safely–as is gift wrap itself, whether rolled or flat–so it’s easy for them to create clutter.

If you don’t have an ideal space for storing and using gift-wrap supplies, there are several types of gift wrap organizers that can help make the most of your “present workplace.”    These range from simple plastic containers sized to hold rolls of wrap, to hanging devices with multiple compartments sized for all types of gift-giving gear.Gift Wrap Organizer Image

A popular alternative to gift wrap is gift bags, which now come in a seemingly infinite range of sizes, shapes, patterns and materials.  The Gift Bag Organizer is designed to keep them tidy, undamaged and easy to access–it features three divided sections so you can arrange the bags by size, plus separate compartments for storing tissue paper and scissors, ribbons or cards. For the true gift-bag junkie, the Hanging Gift Bag Organizer holds up to 150 gift bags.

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Answer: Dream Drawer Spring Loaded Drawer Dividers

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Q: I purchased 2 boxes of these on a clearance shelf at Marshall’s and just love them. They are a product of Dial Industries but they will not sell to the public. Where can I purchase more of these?

A. Fortunately, the Dream Drawer Dividers are readily available online & at stores such as Target and Walmart.  A similar expandable drawer divider that’s sized for kitchen drawers is also available.

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Holiday Card Organizers

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It’s true that e-mailing holiday greetings saves trees, time and postage. For many people, however, the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without the time-honored tradition of sending and receiving cards.

But greeting cards also can be a source of both seasonal and year-round clutter. They create two types of card-related challenges: how to display cards you’ve received and how to store cards you plan to send.  This is especially true if you’re sentimental about saving cards from family and friends, or if you stockpile greeting cards to send for every conceivable occasion.

One type of decorative solution for displaying cards is Plastic Greeting Card Organizer Imagethe Photo Display Stand.  Another option that holds even more cards is the Umbra Hangit.

If you like to keep on hand a selection of cards for celebrating holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc., the Greeting Card Organizer is a good system for storing and organizing cards, with six removable tabbed dividers for categorizing.

 

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