That meant that every time someone dropped by, I got to hear these two things: 1.) "They even have labels! I need to do that." 2.) an exclamation of whatever number was the largest tote showing.
Yes, we have 14 totes for Christmas...and this does not include any trees, smaller boxes like for the nativity, and wrapping paper. (I store my rolls of wrapping paper in clean, trash cans in the attic - one for Christmas paper and one for other paper. Yes, I keep it accessible all year because I like to think that I will wrap a gift as soon as I buy it. That happens in January, maybe in February but anything I buy after that tends to just get stacked by the wrapping paper.)
|This year's master list.|
I keep a master list tacked the wall inside the attic door. It is saved on the computer so I can quickly update it each year.
At our house, decorations don't always seem to fit due to things like new furniture arrangements, children, pets...well, you get the idea...so different decorations end up being used or sometimes tucked away for another year. As I update the list each year, I can usually clean a few things out that lack sentimental value.
Occasionally, I need an item for a Christmas in July project or some other crazy reason. Or I just need box #2 so I can wrap items early. (It actually happened this year!). This allows me to just grab the boxes for a particular room when I really don't have the time or space for the whole project.
Sharing this only because a few of the people who stopped by and saw the
Now if you know how to organize the rest of the stuff in my attic, please post here!