Organizing tip!


A cold and stormy day.

T’was a dark n stormy night…well it was around lunch time actually. But it was dark and it was stormy and could well have been night! We are being battered by high winds and freezing rain here in southern Ontario. A great day to stay indoors and do some organizing.

So that I don’t feel as though I’m pulling the wool over your eyes. I’d better tell you that I did my organizing last week. Took photos while I was doing it and never got round to posting my tip. So it still works because this is a good day to stay in and post about organizing!

Because I decorate and create custom containers for other people, it doesn’t mean I love doing it for our house. We keep our Christmas decorations in the loft of the barn. Huge boxes filled with every possible sparkly item that would be considered Christmassy.  I have to lug these monsters down the stairs, across the drive, up and down more stairs and into the dining room. By the time I’ve done that, I can’t really be bothered to start rooting through the boxes. So I leave it for another day!


The old way! Arrrgghhh!

It’s quite sick how many boxes like the ones above I have. These. The 3 above, are just for the tree. There are probably 8 more in the barn to decorate mantles, the piano room, the entrance way…oh those decorations get all over!!!

There had to be another way. So I searched on my obsession….Pinterest. “How to organize and store Christmas Decorations” The first one looked interesting enough to catch my eye. It was by Yvonne at Stone Gable (stonegableblog). So I followed her advice and got me some clear plastic totes…a more manageable size this time. Not the biggest I could find.


Tree take down made easy! 🙂

I did use one longer sized tote as the picks I used throughout the tree were long in length. I didn’t fill the box all the way to the top this time. Also following Yvonne’s tip. I got rid of “bits” that never came out of the boxes. I was just keeping them because…?

All Gold in one box all Silver in another. Like with like! Not only does it make it easier to see what you have in each box. I was able to carry them back up and down the stairs, across the drive and up the stairs of the barn,  with ease. It’s a much better system.


Tree ornament boxes. Silver and Gold

Maybe next year, it won’t be so bad. Maybe, because I’ll be sooo organized, I’ll be able to bring the totes into the house and decorate the same day…I’ll  let you know!

If you’d like to see more on Yvonne’s tips. Which are much more detailed than mine. Go to

Happy Organizing!

Happy New Year!!!


Bird on bench

Wow! Is it really over??? That went fast! Let’s hope for all good things in this new year.

I managed to snap a few photos outside in between snow storms! I know you don’t all have snow. We went to a party just before Christmas in Mississauga. I was dressed up like I was going to outer Siberia. Down coat, Sorel snow boots, hat, scarf, know. The regular Canadian Winter uniform. When we arrived at our destination…about an hour from where we live. There was not even a trace of snow!! It was even a few degrees warmer than Stouffville. I didn’t need the whole winter uniform!!

So enjoy these photos and for more inspiration, don’t forget to check out the seasonal galleries at the top of the page. If you like winter, take in the beauty of this season. If you don’t. Skip right past and go to Spring or summer and dream of the warmth to come. It’s only a couple of months away!! 🙂


Front Porch


Oh Deer!


Side door


Side porch


Garden Shed

Enjoy Winter 😉