Up into the attic. Down into the basement. Around the corner into the storage shed. What will you find when you unearth your holiday decorations?
If you're like most of us, you're going to find a mess. Bulging boxes, bags and stacks. Tangled strands of lights. Tattered tinsel garlands. Ornaments packed willy-nilly. Fresh new bags from after-Christmas sales containing duplicates of the items you already have. It's as if you left a joke present to yourself from Christmas Past. Surprise!
This year, we'll do better. When we put away Christmas, we'll take time to protect, preserve and organize holiday decor items.
Get ready for Christmas with holiday help from sister site Organized Christmas.
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Yes, it's wall-to-wall shoppers at the supermarket today--but if you must join them?
Check your list for these often-forgotten survival items for your Thanksgiving gathering. They'll keep the fun in the festivities: