Christmas Ornament Organization

Small ornament sotrageUsually I save all my egg cartons for the farmers who sell their eggs roadside, but this year I am keeping a bunch of them for myself as they are perfect for storing small Christmas ornaments.  No tangles! For larger ornaments I use the boxes you find in stores because they save me so much time when putting up and taking down the ornaments. Clear boxes let you see in before you even get started so if you like to put a certain type of ornament on first you can find them easily.

ornament storage boxIf you have a wine box with compartments use it for large ornaments.

If you have a great many ornaments and display items, consider having an “Open this Box First” container.  Depending on you, it might be lights or it might be something that gets you in the mood to begin decorating.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Christmas ornaments

Christmas Wreath ideas

Christmas Wreath

If you have not discovered Pinterest yet, and you are looking for ideas for decorating you will find a huge selection of wonderful ideas. You do need to make an account to look, but you will find thousands of photos.  Today we are really digging all the wreathes for Christmas.

You can make a wreath from scratch or buy one, but I will tell you, if you have the time, there is great satisfaction in piecing together a door wreath. Christmas is an especially fun time because there are so many things available to create one. Wreathes are laborate, fun or whimsical- do what makes you happy.

Christmas WreathYes, those are beer caps.  What a great way to display a collection.

Christmas WreathChristmas WreathAnd if you are super busy this December and time is precious, a bell wreath is festive every time the door opens.

Christmas WreathMerry Christmas!

Thanksgiving Cleaning List

As I prepare for 11 people to come for Thanksgiving dinner I start a list of things to do.  If I don’t,  I forget the simplest things like putting fresh toilet paper in every bathroom.  I thought a check list might be good for you too. This is not a deep cleaning list.  This is just the simple stuff that make Turkey Day go smoother.

Table clothes if need should be cleaned and ironed.

Little kids coming? Put things that are fragile and sentimental out of the way in a closet.

Wash serving dishes, special china  and wine glasses that you don’t use very day.

Clean out the frig as much as you can because you are going to need the room.

If you cook with larger pots and pans that are stored somewhere other than the kitchen find them beforehand and wash them.

If you need to go find the leaves that expand a table do that the day before Thanksgiving-they might need to be wiped down.

Think about where people will put their coats-do you need to clear closet space or are they just going on a bed in a bedroom?

If you have the luxury of space you can set the table(s) the day before.

Vacuum the day before.

Try to have the dishwasher empty the day before Thanksgiving.

Put the recycles out so you can have an empty bin in the house.

Empty the garbage cans (including the bathrooms!) so you at least start with empty cans.

Extra chairs and small tables should be brought into the dining room especially if they are coming form the cellar or garage. They might need to be wiped down.

If you like to send people home with leftovers plan the containers to be used ahead of time.

The day before Thanksgiving replace all toilet paper rolls in bathrooms so they are full.

If you want a fire iin the fireplace set it up the day before.

Wipe down the mirrors, sinks and clean the toilets.

Thanksgiving Day put fresh towels in the bathrooms.

Close the doors of rooms you would like people to stay out of.