Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What do I do with all that Christmas Stuff?

Remember all that Christmas stuff I had out? Well, what to do with it the other 11 months out of the year? The one question I get from everyone is "where and how do you store all of that?" Well, here is the answer... in my garage! Handsome hubby and I spent one entire weekend (earlier this summer - - thankfully we did it then not knowing that he would break his back and not be able to help put any of it away!) putting up shelves in our garage. We were trying to come up with a "cheap" meaning not break the checkbook option, but it also had to be ligtweight and able to be taken down and put back up when we move. Ahhh, the chalenges of military life! I think we came up with a fantastic solution and even though out next place may not have a huge garage (or no garage - sorry Autumn) I think this will be versatile and be able to be used again. We bought the heavy duty garage shelf supports - - the cheap ones though - - don't look in the garage storage area or the storage area for that matter... go to the nuts and bolts area of your store and hidden in there you will find the "cheap" storage brackets. They were only $1.25 each. Then we went and got the full sheets of MDF (lightweight) and had it cut right there in the store into three equal long strips and whala! You have a great shelf for very little money!! We actually had 4 sets of these (for a total of 12 - 8 ft shelves) Here is all is in our garage. This one wall is just my Christmas stuff/stuff for dinners. I try to label everything very clearly in case I need something during the year. I am notorious for wanting all my silver Christmas bulbs for a dinner in July... so I try to keep it all organized!

You can't tell from the picture very well, but the top shelf is all of my "table top" Christmas trees, that way I don't have to take all the decorations off of them and I don't have to pack them up in a box or crate.


Kristi H. said...

Wow Girl, that is A LOT of Christmas decor!!! I had no idea you had THAT much! It's so cheaply and cleverly organized--I wouldn't expect anything less from you!

Ells said...

Great job, HM!!! You are SO organized! Are you really taking the doors off of your closet to make a mudroom like Mom in High Heels? :)

Mom in High Heels said...

WOW! You have a ton of stuff! How are you not over your weight limit? ;) Great job organizing it all. I wish my storage looked like that. Want to visit me and give me some help?

Happy Momma said...

Weight limit... well, on our move here, we were 50 lbs under our limit - - we have aquired quite a few new things. I will have to sell stuff before we move (but I have a year to think about that) and I am also banking on the fact that handsome hubby just got promoted so we now have 6000 more pounds to work with!! Yeah, I cut it close!

Kimchi4 said...

What an example you are to the rest if us Amy- Awesome job! Wanna come do my garage?(LOL)

I miss my home in Savannah where space was no problem. But since coming here, we have had to down size, so the garage is the place it all ended up- ugh! Can you say, "Nightmare on Antietam Street!?"

One of these days, maybe I can try to follow your suggestions, etc.

Christmas decor is not the problem for me, I have just the basics because we move so much and I got tired of dealing with it all. However, I have a ton of other stuff that needs a home. We have tried to do some organizing, but it is a work in progress, like myself!(LOL)

Thanks for sharing girl, I knew you were a talented and organized person, you will be good for me! I am totally organized in my head but it is yet to manifest itself in my life!(LOL)

Keep the ideas coming! Kimchi

Pretty Organizer said...

Oh my gosh... I'm in LOVE with that garage! It screams organized and REAL! I'm not a garage cabinet kinda girl... 6 kids prevents us from ever reaching that utopia so I settle for good old shelves and plastic bins. But girl, you got it way over me. My man's got all the woodworking stuff (and a drumset) that are taking up floor space. I think I'll just drool over your garage everytime I dream of mine ever getting that put together. Great post lady!

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