In keeping with my new keyword for 2012, I am trying to keep things organized and that includes things that are seasonal. So, before I packed a box up, I placed everything on the table and took a picture of what is going into that box.
Now it is time to pack these things up. A little tip that I do is that I like to use my plastic grocery bags not only to wrap items when I am out of packing paper but, they are also great to wad up and shove in the nooks and crannies of the box so nothing clinks into each other.
Okay, before I go any further I have to tell you that, yes I used cardboard fruit/veggie boxes this year to pack Christmas up. I always put a little bit of money aside for new plastic bins for storage. January is the month that retailers have sales on storage items so, I know that I will always be buying some at that time. However, this year I did buy new storage containers but, not for Christmas items. I used my budgeted money elsewhere. I can't afford to go out and buy all new containers and make everything perfect. So, I work with what I can do.
Normally I would have copies of the pictures I took of the box contents made at Walgreen or some other store. After all, it only costs a small amount to do that. But, this year I had one of those, “I want these boxes out NOW!” moments. And I know you guys know what I am taking about! LOL So, instead I just printed the pictures out on my printer. I do like the fact that they are nice and big pictures but, I don’t like using up my ink (way to expensive in my opinion).
I taped the picture of the contents to the end of the box. I will also write the box number on this picture. I put the picture on the end of the box because that is the way they will be stored on the shelves. As you can see, I have a few “X’s” on the picture. These items did not fit into the box and I was not going to take everything back out and unwrap just to take a picture. Nope, there will be no “it has to be perfect” mentality! No wasted time!
I make a second copy of the box contents and put into a plastic sleeve and add it to my “Holiday Planner”. I am not doing just a “Christmas Planner”. I am using a large 3 ring book and keeping all holiday info in it. I will do a post about my Holiday planner some other time.
So, that is how I pack up holiday things. It is not perfect but, it works for me.
Oh, and don’t think “Well, that is all fine and dandy but, I already have boxes boxed up and I am not about to go back and redo all that!”. Of course you are not! That would be insane! Don’t worry about what is already done. Start right now. I have a lot of Christmas boxes that are not marked like this that I didn’t even touch this year. I will deal with them as they are needed. I will have my Holiday Planner to know what box number I left off at so, next year, I will add more boxes to this planner as they are used. And as I said, I am making a Holiday planner, not just a Christmas planner. So, Valentine’s Day will get added next to the planner. So, start there if you want.
Remember, it’s January 2012…a FRESH start!
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