Organize Your Holiday Decor

We’ve all seen the holiday movies where the dad is forever wrestling with tangled tree lights right?…Clark Griswolds everywhere can rejoice… I’m here to help you organize your holiday decor the less stressful way!

 

Let’s Organize Your Holiday Decor

Before I decorate anything, I take inventory of the decorations I already have. The first thing I do is get down all my decor totes from the garage. I keep my tree, ornaments, garland, wreaths, and lights on a shelf unit that is easy to get to. I get everything out and decide if I still love it and want to use it again. If I don’t, I donate or sell it! #useitorloseit is my motto.

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I love keeping all the larger unbreakable Christmas accessories in this one big tote on wheels. It makes bringing it into the house so easy.  It can easily be rolled under a bed too. It holds so much that I am able to keep all of my tree picks, garlands, berry wreaths, and smaller faux trees in one spot. When not in use, it stacks neatly on the top shelf in my garage-so easy!

 

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Lights

Do you have a pre-lit tree or do you string your own? Even though I have a pre-lit tree I still string my own wreaths, garlands and outdoor tree trunks. I keep all the lights tangle free and ready to go with these light wrap storage boxes. It’s also easy to find a string of lights if I need them at any other time of the year. Keeping like with like makes it easy on everyone.

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The lights wrap around these organizers keeping them untangled. The notches hold the plug ends in place and then they all stack nicely in these storage boxes.  The attached lids on the totes are perfect for stacking one on top of the other.

 

Ornaments

I have a collection of  mercury glass ornaments that I keep safely nestled into these weather tight totes  using  ornament tray inserts. One bag of natural excelsior per insert keeps them safely secured year round.

 

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Wreaths

I used to store my wreaths in plastic trash sacks in the garage until I found these wreath storage boxes.  I have three of them, and rotate my front door wreaths in and out as the holidays come around. They stand up right and fit perfectly on the garage shelf. They can also be hung up on the wall. I love that they keep my wreaths completely dust free and safe from critters.

 

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Ribbons & Nativity

There are a few things I like to keep in the house vs. the garage. I love using these open canvas bins to store my ribbon collection and my breakable nativity scene. They are similar to my favorite farmhouse bins that I use everywhere. I keep these on the top shelf of my linen closet. The built in label pocket makes it easy to see exactly what’s in each bin.

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Having all our holiday decorations organized in one location helps keep my stress level down. I know exactly where everything is stored, and all the labeled bins help me find exactly what I need. I have a spot for everything. It makes setting up and putting away so easy! Also, by purging unwanted and unused decor pieces each year, I end up using everything I have and love. Organize your holiday decor the less stressful way!

 

How do you organize your holiday decor?

Need help? I’m an email away. Want to follow all my organizing tips and tricks? Follow me here on Instagram, or here on Facebook. I also have a Pinterest  and Like To Know It page. I’d love to hear from you! Happy decorating!

 

From my home to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Lisa

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{This post is sponsored by The Container Store, but all thoughts and ideas are mine.}

 

 

 

Christmas Is Coming!

“Christmas is coming” my husband always says! When our kids were younger, whenever they would say they liked or wanted something he would say “Christmas is coming!” …even if it was February 1st lol. But guess what? Christmas really is coming….and soon!

 

Are you ready for the holidays?

I know every year it comes around faster than we realize. We are just getting our pool toys put away and BAM, we turn around and it’s Christmas.

This year with help from The Container Store I’m all set!

Are you a gift wrap or gift bag person?

I’ve always been a gift bag person, but either way you can find what you need at The Container Store.  They have a beautiful selection of gift bags and tissue paper to choose from, as well as gift tags!  I love going in there and seeing the beautiful displays of holiday wrapping ideas. They make it easy to find all the coordinating designs for your color scheme.

Can we talk about ribbon for a minute? I’m so in love with this pretty velvet Santa ribbon! I also grabbed a couple of rolls of this white satin ribbon that’s trimmed with red pom poms! This year my theme is going to be this craft paper with the ribbons I mentioned above. Here’s a sneak peek!

 

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Brown paper packages tied up with ….ribbon!

 

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These are a few of my favorite things!

 

It’s classic and fun and goes with my natural wood colored theme, with just a fun touch of red! I also love these reusable jute gift bags! You can use them over and over again. Add fun tissue paper and you’re all set!

How do you organize your gift wrap?

This year Christmas came early for me in the form of this AMAZING ELFA gift wrap cart! For real’s, my organizing dream come true! The best part is that you can roll it from room to room. Kids hanging out in the den? No problem, just roll it into your bedroom. Here’s mine all decked out and ready to go!

 

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Elfa Gift Wrap Cart

 

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So versatile!

 

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It holds everything you need! All in one place.

 

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It even has a ribbon arm!

 

Can we talk about this for a minute? Five drawers, a ribbon dispenser, wrapping paper organizer, hard top surface for wrapping gifts….AND it’s on wheels?? And look at the top drawer! It has a clear divided tray to hold tape, gift tags, pens, whatever you want! You guys, I haven’t been this excited for something since my husband bought me the vacuum of my dreams LOL!

 

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Is Christmas coming early for you too?

What’s on your Christmas list? Want to get organized? Ask for one of these, or for a gift card from The Container Store! Want the gift of organization to come to you? I offer holiday gift cards too!! Organization is one gift you won’t want to return!

 

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I love these Santa bag gift card holders!

 

Christmas is coming sweet friends, are you ready?

 

I’m here to help you today,

Lisa

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*This post was sponsored by The Container Store. I am proud to be a Brand Ambassador for them. I love and use all the products I endorse; and I love sharing them with you! Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Custom Master Closet

A few weeks ago I was asked to be part of a fun collaboration with a new client.  The client was surprising his wife with an amazing anniversary gift…a new custom master closet from The Container Store.  He pulled off the surprise by scheduling a trip for he and his wife during the installation period. So fun right?!

 

Step 1: Design your dream master closet!

He started by visiting our local Container Store to set up a meeting with a custom master closet design specialist. Anna at the Fairview Container Store was the designer on this project. She met with the client several times in the store and at their home to discuss the wants and desires of the new custom master closet.

TCS designers will take the dimensions of your existing master closet, (or any closet in your home) and design the space of your dreams, complete with 3D pictures to get a real feel for the new space. The custom master closet designer will also make a trip to your home to measure again, and discuss your master closet desires in depth.

Once that process is done, the measurements get sent off for production. Depending on the size of the job, installation will begin in a matter of weeks.

 

Step 2: Where do I fit in?

Normally, I would come in after the custom master closet is finished, but in this instance, the client needed extra help during the install process to make sure it was all finished by the time they returned from their trip. We had four days to complete the entire process.

We arrived at their home minutes after they left for the airport and immediately got to work. We emptied the entire closet so the demo team could get busy. In a matter of hours, the master closet demolition was done.

 

 

 

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The existing master closet during the emptying process.

 

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The master closet after demo.

 

Next, the electricians got to work wiring the lighting for the new custom master closet. The client chose special lighting all around the closet with extra lights on the shoe tower. While they were busy doing all that, we were changing out hangers, sorting clothes into like piles and shopping for organizing products to fit the space.

 

The next day the closet installers got to work, it was really fun to see the process unfold.

 

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During the master closet installation process.

 

Four days later ….the results were astonishing….we made the deadline with hours to spare….the only thing left to do is to lay the carpet and do some touch up paint.

 

Here are some before and after pictures ….they say it best….

 

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Can you believe the transformation? Before, no rhyme or reason to where the clothes and shoes were stored… after, a beautifully categorized space. Shoes with shoes, suits with suits… like with like items now have their own special place to live in this custom master closet by The Container Store.

 

Want to see more behind the scenes from this project? Visit my InstaGram bio and hit “TCS Closet” in my saved stories. Want to shop this closet? Find all the links to the products we used below.

 

Black Wooden Hangers

Suit Coat Hangers

Tall Boot Inserts

Acrylic Clutch Organizer

Black Diamond Bins

Bristol Storage Boxes

Matte Black Bin Clip Labels

Storage Box Labels

Mirrored Acrylic Box

 

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You too can have the custom master closet of your dreams…the designers at TCS and I would love to help you! I’m an email away.

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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I Love Pantries

Why do I love pantries so much?

 

 

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Pantry Organization

 

 

I love organizing pantries so much because I’ve always felt that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s my happy place, and I want to make it yours too! We spend so much time in our kitchens through out the day that we need to make it a priority! You should love being in your space. I can help you make it pretty as well as functional.

 

 

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Clear, Air Tight Containers

 

 

I look back fondly, to the years when my kids were little, of cooking and creating good meals for my family. I’ve always loved cooking for large groups, after all I am the oldest of seven, I can do it with my eyes shut.  Like my Grandma, feeding people is my love language.  So naturally for me, creating a functional yet pretty space in any pantry is a must.

 

 

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Create Zones

 

How I organize a pantry.

 

If you follow me on instagram you know the drill by now. Take it all out. By taking everything out of the space, you will touch and see it all, forcing you to decide if you want it, need it, and/or use it.

 

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Before….you must take it all out!

 

Next step is sorting. Sort like with like. Check expiration dates during this process. I put all the baking together, all the lunch items together, all the snacks together and so on. If I had a quarter for every time I heard “how did I end up with five of these?” I’d be rich.

 

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Oxo Brand Pop Top Containers

 

Now create Zones.  Here is how I zone my pantries: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, eat first (snacks), baking, paper goods, cleaning supplies (if applicable).  I use the top shelf for large items that aren’t used very often.

 

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Keep it simple.

 

 

Next, choose your favorite organizing supplies. Mine are  Oxo brand containers,  baskets,  bins,  lazy susans , can stackers, and labels.

 

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Use lazy Susan’s in the corners.

 

 

Lastly, use floor baskets help hide clutter. I use big floor baskets for paper and plastic sacks, lunch boxes, cleaning supplies, paper goods, and Costco snacks.

 

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Hide the clutter with large floor baskets.

 

 

 

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Target Basket

 

 

 

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Belly baskets hold a ton!

 

Now, it’s time to enjoy!

That’s it! That’s my pantry formula!

 

I’d love to help you organize your pantry too! Did you know I do virtual organizing? It’s so fun and easy. We FaceTime for forty five minutes and then I send you a detailed to do list and links to all the products. It’s that easy. Or if you live in the DFW area, I’ll drive straight to your house. I also travel! Send me a plane ticket and I’m there! We will have fun, I promise.

 

Is redoing your pantry on your to do list?

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

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How To Summit

What’s new with me?

I’m traveling to California this weekend to speak at the How To Summit put on by my #instafriends at Home Sort.

 

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The Home Sort Sisters

 

Brandie and Ryan are the epitome of #womensupportingwomen. In a world of cutthroat competition they are a true light. I can’t wait to hug them in real life!

 

Women Supporting Women

I love supporting and lifting up other women in my industry. There are enough people and clients to go around. Kindness and support matter. This world can be an ugly place… but not on my watch. (not that I don’t make mistakes because I do, but I want to do better)

Who do you love to support and lift up? Start with yourself. Give yourself  grace and mercy. Then pass it on to others around you. People driving on the road with you, people in the checkout at the grocery store. Your neighbors, your kids’ friends. Kindness not only makes others feel better, it makes you feel better too.

 

What is the How To Summit?

This weekend over one hundred women (and one man yay) will gather together to learn how to grow our businesses, share ideas, meet each other in real life, and bond!

I am excited to be meeting up with my sister in love, Wendy. You can follow her IG at The Peaceful Homestead . We are married to brothers and she lives in Idaho, so we don’t get to see each other very often. We both love the Home Sort sisters and when I was asked to speak at the Summit my first thought was to invite my sister to come along! She recently sent her second baby off to college, and we are both looking for some fun jammie and wine time to just sit, talk and catch up.

 

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This is us with our beloved Mom in Love, who we lost this year.

Who do you support?

Let us all choose to support each other today. Let’s make no room for ugly competition. Choose to love, choose to show kindness, choose to forgive. It’s truly so freeing! Tell me below who you support, I love getting to know you better.

 

And as always, I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

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Baskets

I. Love. Baskets.

…..said in my best Oprah voice!

 

 

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I use them in every room, and for so many different things. Take this basket above from Home Goods. I used three of them in a pantry last week and you all went crazy for them! I love to get things up off the floor, and these worked perfectly to house all the to go cups, plates, and napkins! They also work great to hold paper and plastic bags, pre packaged snack items, trash bags and cleaning rags, and the list goes on and on.

 

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I linked similar ones on my LiketoKnow.it account. If you don’t have that app, it’s so easy to use. Trust me, if I can use it, so can you lol! Just download it in your App Store, look for me, Neat Freak McKinney, or any of your other favorite accounts, hit follow, and viola, you can see and shop all my/our favorites right there.

 

Ok, where was I? Baskets.

 

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Baskets are a great way to add texture to your space. Neutrals are so in at the moment,  and using baskets will add beautiful pattern and depth to your room.

 

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I have and use them all over my home. I use this one in my office as a recycle bin. I found it years ago for under ten dollars at TJ Maxx.

Similarly, I use these from Pottery Barn to hold office supplies by my desk.

 

 

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The lids make it easy to stack, to hide, or to keep little hands out! I store my calculator, {yes, I’m #oldschool}, my current month’s work receipts, and envelopes on one side, and all my decorative banners on the other.

 

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In this  basket  I keep all my Neat Freak note cards. These bamboo bin clips are my favorite way to label right now. My assistant makes all the vinyl labels you see in all my posts. Message me to order!

 

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This woven tray from Pottery Barn (similar one linked) has been a favorite of mine for years. It has served as a backdrop behind a potted plant (for texture and to hide cords), as a breakfast in bed tray, as a party basket to hold plates, napkins and silverware, and as a magazine tray on my coffee table. It’s literally been everywhere, and I love it.

 

Baskets are an easy way to add warmth, texture, depth and storage to every room in your home. You can find them in any price point too. That’s why I love them and use them so much.

 

Want a refresh of your home or space? Did you know I do home staging and “redecoranging”? I’d love to help you! I’m an email away.

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

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