Up into the attic. Down into the basement. Around the corner into the storage shed. What will you find when you unearth your holiday decorations?
If you're like most of us, you're going to find a mess. Bulging boxes, bags and stacks. Tangled strands of lights. Tattered tinsel garlands. Ornaments packed willy-nilly. Fresh new bags from after-Christmas sales containing duplicates of the items you already have. It's as if you left a joke present to yourself from Christmas Past. Surprise!
This year, we'll do better. When we put away Christmas, we'll take time to protect, preserve and organize holiday decor items.
Get ready for Christmas with holiday help from sister site Organized Christmas.
Dashing around at the last minute, chanting, "Where's the serving spoon, where's the serving spoon?" is a holiday tradition that can stand to be forgotten.
Cut chaos on the big day: set the table early!
If you're hosting Thankgiving dinner, set the table a day or two ahead. Place a small sticky note inside serving dishes to remind you (or your helpers) what goes where.
You'll have time to shine up a tarnished platter or rout out missing serving pieces--in blessed privacy.
Back-to-school brings autumn sports events ... and dirty athletic shoes! Machine-wash athletic shoes in cold water (laces in but untied), then tie the laces and line them up next to the refrigerator vent. The warm air dries shoes quickly--and a dryer sheet tucked inside each shoe will rein in any residual odor.