Archive for April 2014

Spring has sprung! So now let’s get organized!

Organize your life then label it.

The bug bit me the other day. The organizing bug. I know exactly when it struck. Right when I tripped on a box of Easter decorations that didn’t quite make it to storage. To start, I took stock of what was there. I love to decorate for the holidays, and realized the haphazard way I have stored all those boxes was a huge waste of space. So that is where I started. After identifying which seasons/holidays I was working with, I estimated how many plastic tubs with lids I would need. With a supply of color coded tubs; Red for Christmas, Pinkish Red for Valentines, Blue tubs for the 4th of July and Orange ones for Fall/Halloween. I even picked up a Purple tub for Easter (I was thinking colored Easter Eggs).

I started sorting and re-boxing decorations. I threw away old, cracked or broken items. I kid myself that I can just glue that, or make a stitch here or there. I know I really won’t get to it. So in the trash they went.

As I started to stack them in the storage area, I realized with so many Christmas and Fall/Halloween tubs, I still didn’t know what was in them just by looking at the tub. I like to put our outside lights up first, so I wanted them towards the front for easy access. I thought about a list on the front, and frankly, I was just too tired to go through all the now packed tubs.

As I was drifting to sleep that night, inspiration dawned! I could just put a vinyl image on the tub that represents (at least to me) that season or holiday. On the Design Your Own tab on the Wall Written web site, I perused the embellishments and found plenty of designs to use. I ordered a bunch. I thought a 3” image in white would really stand out; making identification much easier.

I got pine trees for Christmas, snowmen for winter, eggs and bunnies for Easter, stars for the 4th of July, bats & witches hats for Halloween, leaves & pumpkins for Fall/Thanksgiving and hearts for Valentines. Putting them on was a breeze. Now I have the tubs all stacked in storage and can tell at a glance what is inside. Now I am looking around the basement for other things to label, this was actually fun!

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