Friday, January 7, 2011

Thrifty Holiday Storage Solution

I'm a bit of a cheap-o, so when it came down to storing all my Christmas decor I was not about to pay $20 for the storage containers sold at most stores.

I saw storage solutions like these everywhere and immediately thought I could that!

I had all the supplies already on hand, so I didn't have to shell out any dough. Just the way I like it!

I already had a large Storage Container that I was using to store my Christmas stuff and I had tons of cardboard boxes laying around from all the online shopping I do. (Yeah, I'm guilty of being that girl).

I started by cutting the boxes down to size. I wanted the storage grid to be tall enough and wide enough to fit some bigger ornaments. The length and width of the strips of cardboard depend on the size of your container, but I found that 6" was the perfect height for my big ornaments and created plenty of space to double up some of the ornaments. I cut slits into the lengthwise cardboard strips. You want to create slits that are wide enough to fit over the cardboard, but thin enough so that it sits snugly over the cardboard.

Set up your grid pattern inside your container. It should look something like this.

Now you can add a piece of cardboard over your grid and make another grid to stack on top or you can just start storing stuff over the ornaments.

For the Christmas lights I just took leftover strips of cardboard and wrapped the lights around them. It's as simple as that.

Viola! Christmas storage made cheap!

What thrifty storage solutions have you come up with??


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