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7 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Get Organized For The Holidays

Using things you probably already have!

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1. Store all of your wrapping paper in a transparent garment bag.

You'll still have to pull it down to the floor when you're getting down to wrapping business, but this way you can see what you have all at once, and it stays protected when you're not using it. And you can hang it up in your closet to get it out of the way! From here.
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You'll still have to pull it down to the floor when you're getting down to wrapping business, but this way you can see what you have all at once, and it stays protected when you're not using it. And you can hang it up in your closet to get it out of the way! From here.

2. Then slip toilet paper rolls over the paper to keep it from unraveling as you pull it out of storage.

From here.
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From here.

3. Tape or tie lengths of wide ribbon to your kitchen cabinets (or a closet door) and use clothespins to display your holiday cards.

This tutorial ties the ribbon in the back of each cabinet door, but if you wanted to save ribbon, you could use removable adhesive strips. Because you're going to have a little weight from the cards and clothespins, try the strips made for hooks, like these, $3.99. And if you don't like the look of wooden clothespins, it's quick and easy to cover them with metallic washi tape (This set is $7.99, and has gold, silver, blue, and red options).
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This tutorial ties the ribbon in the back of each cabinet door, but if you wanted to save ribbon, you could use removable adhesive strips. Because you're going to have a little weight from the cards and clothespins, try the strips made for hooks, like these, $3.99.

And if you don't like the look of wooden clothespins, it's quick and easy to cover them with metallic washi tape (This set is $7.99, and has gold, silver, blue, and red options).

4. When you open up each box of decorations, take a quick phone photo of it so you can remember how to put everything back.

This is especially helpful if you have ~exactly~ the right number of bins to fit all of your decorations ~just so~. From here.
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This is especially helpful if you have ~exactly~ the right number of bins to fit all of your decorations ~just so~. From here.

5. If you're hosting overnight guests, throw a bunch of toiletry samples into a basket or jar.

You don't need one for every room, maybe just one for every shared bathroom. Plus, this will get rid of all the sample-sized clutter in your own bathroom (if you are one of the many who can't bear to toss product samples, you probably know how messy they can get). Now they have a use! From here, and you can get a similar jar for $13.99 here, although any basket or jar will work just as well.
lizmarieblog.com

You don't need one for every room, maybe just one for every shared bathroom. Plus, this will get rid of all the sample-sized clutter in your own bathroom (if you are one of the many who can't bear to toss product samples, you probably know how messy they can get). Now they have a use! From here, and you can get a similar jar for $13.99 here, although any basket or jar will work just as well.

6. Download ShopSavvy, which lets you scan a barcode in a store to see if you can buy it for less somewhere else.

Get it here.

7. Start saving egg cartons now, so you can store small ornaments in them when the holidays are over.

Check to make sure your ornaments will fit in them first, though. From here.
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Check to make sure your ornaments will fit in them first, though. From here.

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