Sunday, February 2, 2014
Weekly Project: Holiday Storage!
Happy Sunday, everyone! As you probably know, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to have weekly mini-organizing goals in my condo. Since I started this project 12 days into January, (that darn flu!), and the closet project took me close to two weeks (a mini-project, it was not), this week's mini-goal rounds out January with two mini-goals down. Well, make that one mini-goal and one big-ass-project.
This week I was shooting two videos for Pantene's YouTube channel, and two for my own channel, so that combined with some pretty long work meetings left little time for organizing. That being said, I still managed to get a mini-goal accomplished. This week's goal was to round up all of my holiday decor, of which I have a lot, and consolidate them into one spot. My condo doesn't have a ton of built-in storage, so my Halloween and Christmas decorations were crammed into any space I could find, taking up valuable real estate that should have been used to house other stuff.
Blair and I are currently sharing a storage unit that we use to store some furniture that we are saving for use in future homes, and therefore don't want to sell right now. Since we have lived in 3 places since moving to LA, it is hard to find spots for everything in each new home; sometimes rooms are shaped differently and something doesn't fit. For instance, one piece of furniture I am currently storing is my pink chaise lounge from my old bedroom; I love it to pieces, but it doesn't have a spot in my current condo, so for now it lives in the storage unit. As convenient as this is, in a few months I am going to re-evaluate what is in the storage unit and make sure it is worth paying a monthly fee to keep. "Project Storage Unit" will probably be a weekly mini-goal sometime in the future, so be on the lookout for that ;)
I thought if I'm paying for the unit already, and there is room, why not pack my stuff up and take it there until next October? It's not like I'm going to need this stuff before then anyway, right? So off to Target I went, and into my car 2 plastic packers went, and into the packers my holiday stuff went. The end.
Honestly, it was kind of funny how I kept finding holiday decor everywhere. Most of it was wrangled into my laundry closet, but I kept finding things in the most random places. And as "mini" as I consider this mini-goal, it actually took some time to track down everything and pack them up nicely. I decided one packer would be for my Halloween stuff, and one would be for Christmas decor, and surprisingly enough I was able to fill both packers up to the brim. And these were big packers, guys. A holiday minimalist, I am not.
The Halloween packer has everything shown in my Halloween Decor Tour video, which you can check out if you want to see my place all spookified ;)
It holds pillows, pumpkin and bats hand towels, a dragon costume for Pinecone (cause I mean, he needed to be a dragon-worm, obviously), little tiny candy corn candles, glittery decor pumpkins, the scary antique phone, the marble "hand" bowl... pretty much everything in that video took up an entire packer.
The second packer holds all of my Christmas decor. I didn't end up decorating my new place this year because I was only in town for a week of December, and spent Christmas in Tennessee, so the decorations I have are from my old place. I do have a Christmas decor tour video, if you wanna see them in action, but all of my Christmas candles, my unused wall plug-ins, my baby Christmas tree, my front door wreath, unused Christmas cards, holiday pillows, extra lights, and more, went into the second packer.
Between these two mini-projects and the rest of the work I've done in my place in the last three weeks (hello, project House to Home!), I am very happy with the progress made this month. Let's hope February is just as productive on the home organizing front!
Did you accomplish any organizing mini-goals or big projects during the month of January? What were they?
What are your goals for February?
Oh, and I'll leave you today with a picture of the blurry, albeit magnificent, "PAH-SGHETTIO THE DRAGON-WORM FOWLER!!!"
No but seriously. Doesn't he look EXACTLY like a dragon-worm?