It’s fall, former procrastinators! My favorite season! I like a nip in the air, sweaters, and beautiful trees in orange, red, and gold. I like crunching through the fallen leaves and smelling a fire burning. I like to pull out pumpkins, candles, and pinecones to decorate the house.
Changing flower arrangements with changing seasons poses a problem – storage. Storage in general is a challenge for many procrastinators because we’ve put off deciding where to put things. Therefore, we constantly “work around” stuff that ought not to be in our way. It’s time to clear the decks!
Please tell me how YOU store out-of-season decorations – and anything else. I need the tips. I’ll share with you some of the ways I’ve stored things around here.
As you read, take this challenge: select something you’ve never decided how to store – and do it. Today.
Oh – and because we forget, (I know I’m not the only one) start a storage list and tape it inside a cabinet door. Write the name of the item and where you’ve stashed it. Ideas:
Extra framed pictures I still want/need to keep – Hung these in closets. Most are hidden by clothes, safe and out of the way.
Large platters – Wrapped in a thin towel and stored under low furniture.
Earrings – Cut the lids off egg cartons and placed in dresser drawers. Cheap and handy.
Measuring spoons – Popped all these in a mug from the old family business. Makes me smile every time I reach for it.
Gloves, stocking caps, etc. – Mounted a hanging canvas over-the-door shoe organizer inside the closet by the front door. Designated pockets also hold our keys, sunglasses, extra litter bags.
Bathroom cleaning supplies – Set these in a basket (no small children) and tucked over the top a piece of fabric that matches the window valance.
Large homemade advent calendar – Hung behind a tall freestanding cabinet. Used finishing nails to support the dowel the calendar hangs on. The calendar is covered by big garbage bags.
Bread machine – Needed the counter space so installed this item in the basement on top of a tall file cabinet. Still use it regularly, but it’s safe to leave unattended. (Use a timer in the kitchen.)
Towels, scarves – Tried rolling – love it! Also working well for underwear, socks, pj’s and nightgowns. If possible I stand these on end; if not, I lay the rolls on their sides. Placed in shoe boxes as needed or larger ones I had on hand. Now I use more of the clothing I own because I see the items. Everything stays neat when I pull something out. No more linen closet avalanche!
This is fun! More next week.
What was your storage solution for that troublesome thing you selected?