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Turn Average Dollar Store Items into Holiday Storage Solutions

By Nikki Ducas

Do you have a game plan for putting away holiday decorations, or do you scramble to just get them out of sight? While I am very meticulous about how I put our decorations away with everything having its own box or bag put inside a larger tote, there is always that rogue item that didn’t quite fit or was just too fragile to be put in with everything else. So instead of spending more money after an already financially tight time of the year, I tried some of these dollar store organizational hacks and tweaked them to manage my storage solutions instead of shopping at fancy container stores.

At a fraction of what I could have spent, I was pleasantly surprised at how well these organization and storage solutions met my needs. My top five organizational hacks:

  • Small baskets come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, making for convenient ways to customize drawers or larger boxes for safe, structured storage.
  • Coffee filters have multi-purpose possibilities, including being used to separate small items that can be grouped together but shouldn’t touch. They are also great for separating glass bulb ornaments and holiday China pieces that need to be protected from being scratched.
  • Metal shower caddies can serve as a holiday greeting card holder with the help of a few clips and then used as a mail catch-all to help separate each family member’s in-coming mail.
  • S-hooks are a great way to store large holiday decorations and wreaths. Repurpose an old wooden pallet and attach hooks to it for easy storage in the garage, attic or shed.
  • Clear, over-the-door shoe holders are an inexpensive, space-saving organizer for all those small, easily lost winter items—wool socks, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, earmuffs, etc. I also use one in my pantry to make kid snacks easily accessible so they can grab and go throughout the year.

No matter how organized I think I am, I still struggle to keep everything in its place. It’s a constant battle in my house, but knowing I at least put my holiday decorations away safely and in an orderly fashion this season gives me some respite from the clutter. Bonus, it’ll make setting up for next Christmas easier. I hope you can use some of my frugal organization and storage ideas, and you too can start the new year clutter-free.

Nikki Ducas
Nikki Ducas is a freelance writer and for the past 8+ years writes the money column for Fredericksburg Parent & Family Magazine. She has lived in Fredericksburg for 16 years with her husband and is a homeschooling mom to their two boys. Nikki enjoys hiking, knitting and her other side hustles of pet sitting and event management.

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