As I said yesterday, I’m on a mission to organize and eliminate, and last night all the Christmas decorations were in my sights. To make it more visual I stacked up all the boxes and bags on the front room couch. Even before putting away any decorations, these boxes were already half full with all the stuff I don’t use but keep around anyway. Well this year marks the end of that!
Thrifty Tip: For years my mom has kept decorations in orange boxes. They are amazingly durable and usually free from the grocery store. They stack easily and are just the right size to carry. Some of the boxes in the photo are probably twenty years old. Crazy durable! Almost perfect except they’re cardboard. Here in Utah our climate is so dry it isn’t a problem, but I imagine they might not work as well in more humid climates.
Over the years Robear has given me some of her decorations in the beloved orange boxes, but this year I decided to splurge on a few plastic bins to store some of my decorations. Since my storage area is a dirt floor crawl space I’ve been thinking it might be good to transition to plastic totes, just on the odd chance we actually get some moisture down there. It hasn’t been a problem so far, but you never know.
Last night I started going through everything, throwing out the garbage and boxing up the stuff someone at D.I. (our local good will store) might want. Funny how projects like this seem to explode.
Eventually I got it all back under control, and I’m quite proud of the progress I made. In the process I eliminated seven boxes of decorations.
And now I just have my favorite decorations to haul down to the crawl space.
This also freed up half of one closet on the main floor I was using for four of the orange boxes I didn’t want in the crawl space. This means more closet space for everyday use, and who doesn’t need that. Yippee.
Moral of the story: 1) Just do it! Decorations aren’t like friends; you can get rid of the old and only keep the good stuff. 2) If you’re pinched for money you can still find durable storage, just ask your local grocer and save a box from the landfull.
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