holiday tips

Cures for Common Holiday Messes – Consumer Reports

Cures for Common Holiday Messes – Consumer Reports.


A favorite product of mine not mentioned in this article is Folex. It has no odor or color and is amazing at red wine removal (we use it A LOT at our house!).

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Quick Tips for Friday – packing up Christmas


More holiday decoration storage and organization tips

While putting up my decorations for the year I noticed some of my little tricks I’ve developed that might be worth sharing.

To keep the musty attic smell out of soft items like stockings, tree skirts, table runners, garlands, even wreaths I toss some cinnamon sticks or cloves in the box or bag with them. Take care not to let them be in direct contact if oils or colors could affect the seasonal items, it won’t do much good to have things smell better if they are ruined with stains!

Some years ago after buying some new ornaments I wrote on the packages they came in what the they looked like, before hanging them. Now when I am undressing the Christmas tree I can very easily put them back in the same box. I have gotten so used to this handy little trick I didn’t think to share it at the start of the season!


Mark ornament boxes to re-use for storage.

Mark ornament boxes to re-use for storage.

This makes packing Christmas ornaments so much easier!

This makes packing Christmas ornaments so much easier!


I also try to keep certain types of items together in the storage bins I use. Outdoor lights are in different bins than ornaments used for the tree, stockings are stored with tree skirt, etc. With this system I can take a peek into one bin and find a whole category of items quickly; even when I forget to put a label on the bin or can’t remember the genius plan of remembering what color bin is supposed to go with what items.

Happy un-decorating!

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Quick Tip for Friday – taking down holiday lights and decorations

If your decorations were complicated to put up, you did them for the first time or they turned out especially great this year – DO THIS FIRST.
Take photos for reference.
I don’t mean lighted nighttime ‘Look, how pretty!’ shots, but daytime ‘This is how it is done.’ shots. Concentrate on anything that will help you duplicate the positive results next year. Print and store with your decorations, make notes if you thought of better ways to do it or complications you had. Or create a folder on your computer to save it.
It is easier than figuring out how to get the ornaments back in the boxes and will be as useful as having untangled light strands next year.

Oh, speaking of storing ornaments, bonus tip here:

Those plastic containers with apples and other fruit from Costco are great for packing away ornaments safely!

Re use store packages for fruits to store Christmas ornament

Re use store packages for fruits to store Christmas ornament

Feel free to come back and thank me next December. 🙂

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Re-Post: First time putting up Christmas lights?

Christmas Lights

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally when many people put up Christmas lights, so I thought this would be a good time to re post this blog. It’s some advice that came to mind while installing my own lights that year.

One thing I would add is to check the weather in advance to pick the best day to work. This year in Southern California we are expecting rain the Friday after Thanksgiving so maybe not the best day to plan on climbing ladders and playing with electricity outdoors!

First time putting up Christmas lights?.

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The Importance of Shopping Small

Small Business Saturday is a BIG deal!

Please help support your local community and Shop Small on the Saturday between ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’.

All of us small business owners appreciate and depend on your support all year! My business isn’t affected by the retail shopping season quite so much, so I feel like it’s a great time for me to give back and support other small businesses around me.

The Importance of Shopping Small.

Where will you shop small this year?

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tricks for your leftover treats

If you have leftover candy like we do and need to get it out of your sight to stop eating it (like I do), here’s a few suggestions.

Project Gratitude partners with locals dentists for Halloween Candy Buyback. You bring your candy to the dentist office and they send it to the troops. Most of them have offers in return for the candy too. What a sweet way to support our military!

Operation Shoebox also collects items to send to our military troops all year round, keep them in mind this upcoming holiday season too!

If you do want to keep some around freezing will help keep longer. There are plenty of recipe idea all over the internet, of course. I am conscientiously avoiding those myself!!

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What a great collection of helpful tips!

Thanks to The Daily Buzz and for creating this awesome compliation of terrific ideas and to Artsy Names by Debby Yennaco for sharing it on Facebook! Loved it so much I had to pass along too. I think the sheet storage and old wet wipes container usage are going to be the most useful for me. Which ones do you think you might use?

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Wrapping paper tip

Save unused Christmas wrapping paper by putting what is left of the roll INSIDE the cardboard tube it was originally on. Easy to store and kept nice till next year.
Merry Christmas!!

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A little reminder about smoke detectors

You are probably already very familiar with the advice to test or replace the batteries in your smoke and fire alarms every time we change the clocks. But did you know you should replace the entire unit about every ten years?
How old do you think your smoke detector is? If you can’t remember it may well be time to have new ones installed.
It is an inexpensive, simple thing that can make a world of difference in protecting your home and loved ones.
Fires from Christmas lights, other decorations, heating appliances, cooking, etc increase sharply this time of year. Taking just a few hours and not much money to go around your house and update the fire alarms is a worthy investment for peace of mind!
Happy and SAFE holidays to you!!

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