Tips for Easy Wrapping

Feather Trees

A lot of time wrapping takes place at the last minute, the night before the presents are going to be opened.  I am going to give you some tips to make wrapping a little more bearable this year. Before you start wrapping, consider these statistics: Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste ...

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Hanging Christmas lights requires a little planning and preparation. However, the effect that lights give outside your home on a cold winter night is stunning. Kids and adults love Christmas lights. Hanging them is well worth the effort. Follow these tips to make the process easy and enjoyable. The first step is to gather tools. Even if you need to head to the store, gather your tools ...

Wrapping Caddy

Wrapping Caddy

If you liked our Christmas Card Caddy, you'll also love our wrapping caddy.  It's all about checking your supplies and gathering them before you start the wrapping process.  I find that doing this allows me to pick up anything I need the next time I'm out and about running errands (instead of making a separate trip out). I started with a small stackable tray from Storables.com.  You can ...

After Christmas Tips

After Christmas Tips

That's it, the big day has gone by.  Hard to believe huh?  Now it's time to focus on cleaning up, putting away, doing the returns and making the most of sales.  Before you head out to the stores and go crazy, here are a few tips and ideas to keep in mind. 1.  Take a photo id with you. Many places prevent fraud by asking for this now.  It's common practice so make sure you have it on hand and ...

Holiday Tips From HGTV’s Open Concept Hosts

I was seriously lucky to have Ashley Tuner and Whitney Gainer answer some of my questions on holiday decor for you, my readers!!  IF you don't know them, they are the hosts of HGTV's  Open Concept, — and sisters — are two power tool-wielding DIY queens, on a mission to turn houses into homes. The two manufacturing mavens– transformed a hobby into a dream career, and are self-taught ...

Organizing Hacks for the Holidays

Cards on Book Ring

You're busy during the holidays.  The last thing you want to think about is organizing on top of all that cooking, shopping and running around you're doing.  Well, just like most things in life, what you put in determines what you get out.  A little time investment to organize, will go a long way on saving you time, money and frustration down the road.  Here are three simple tips and tricks to ...

Ornament Organization

Ornament Organizer

Ornaments are a big part of the holidays.  However, they are an organizational nightmare.  They come in different materials, sizes and shapes, thus making them a challenge to store in a uniform manner. Here are a few creative ways to store your ornaments from year to year so that they are usable for generations to come. Of course there are traditional ornament storage box. These can be ...

More Stuff In, Means More Stuff Out!

More Stuff In, More Stuff Out

Christmas can be overwhelming as it adds a lot of stuff to our already crowded homes.  This year, take time and make sure that you put your presents away with care.  Take the time to clean out your storage spaces (closets, basement, and garage) and donate what you don't use or wear.  Donate any unused items such as kitchen items, linens, Christmas decorations, and sports equipment.  This will ...