By now I’m guessing you’re in full holiday decorating mode and probably shopping mode too. We’re exchanging gifts at the cabin this year so all of our gifts have to fit in 2 suitcases, including our clothes. The rest of the car will be filled with dog supplies. I have no idea how we’re going to pull it off. I’m pretty sure not being able to see out the back window is a moving violation so we’re going to have to make it work. If I haven’t shared with you the joys of what it’s like to travel with 3 dogs one that has the spirit of Cujo, I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots of stories in the weeks to come. It’s a real treat, wink wink.
Before we leave, we’ll have one last family celebration at Loblolly Manor, sprinkle in my sister’s birthday and attend holiday parties. I can’t wait. With so many activities happening at once, it’s a lot to keep track of and you may have a lot of parties to keep track of too. Last year, I devised an easy system to make sure all of the presents got to the right place at the right time.
First, I sit down with a cup of cocoa and make a master list of each person that I need to buy for and I put them into categories based on the city we’ll be celebrating in. For example, I know in advance I’ll need presents for 9 at Loblolly Manor this year. After I have all of the gifts, I’ll start wrapping presents. Sometimes, I’ll wrap each city in a different colored paper just so I can instantly recognize where it’s going when we’re loading up the car. We usually celebrate the holidays in 4 different cities over a 2 week period. I know.
I used to have paper, tags, ribbon and tape strung out all over the living room until I started using a metal shopping cart to help corral the wrapping paper clutter. The DIY Mobile Wrapping Station is really helpful if you have one on hand.
I fill the shopping cart liner with my favorite wrapping papers
and on the front I attach a bicycle basket or golf ball basket to hold wrapping supplies with ribbon.
You’ll need to make sure the basket is really secure. Depending on what you choose to put in your basket, it can get heavy quick.
I try to wrap everything in one day while watching holiday movies in my jammers but sometimes, I find myself waiting on a package or five depending on when they’ve been shipped. Since the shopping cart has wheels I can move it out of the way so the common areas stay clutter free all season long.
When the holidays are finished you can fold the shopping cart back up and store in a hall closet or leave everything in tact and have it available to use all year long in a home office or craft room.
I know, right? So easy! If you don’t have a shopping cart consider a vintage mop bucket, galvanized pail or if you’re short on space an over the door organizer is a great space saver option.
You guys, she loves this blanket. Sometimes, the best gifts aren’t found under the tree. She makes me melt.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing easy to create gift wrapping ideas.