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by Jolene Hanig-Jones
I like to think I am a master at "hiding things in plain sight". I never have enough room in closets, kitchen cabinets, and built-ins to store all of my stuff! I do try to eliminate clutter, duplicates and items that have seen better days. At the end of the day, I still need more space! My philosophy is to hide things we use, in plain sight, in practical, but pretty containers.
One case in point are these containers I purchased last fall from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. I had admired them and thought they would go perfectly with our family room decor, but I was hesitant to purchase them because after the fall season, I would have to store them away. That seemed like an unnecessary purchase and one that required storage space.
I really liked the shape of these containers and the faux burlap paper lid. After admiring them on each visit to JoAnn's and leaving the store without them, I came up with a way to use them in my decor throughout the year. The solution was wrapping paper! I figured I could wrap the bottom of the containers with a large rectangle of wrapping paper to match our decor and the season. I could utilize these boxes all year around! The containers were the perfect size for our family room side tables.
I was well into my love of all things in red and black buffalo plaid for winter decor. I purchased paper at TJ Maxx for a minimal amount and I had just what I needed and wanted. The paper was of a nice quality and thickness. The pattern made it easy to cut the large rectangle to wrap the container. I happen to have a full size laminator and I did laminate the paper. This is not necessary, but since I had a laminator, I laminated the paper, too. (I also planned to save the paper from season to season, since I loved it so much.) The last step was to wrap the container and secure it with transparent tape on the back.
Spring is fast approaching, so it is time to rewrap the containers. I found an apple green and white checked paper. All it took was measuring, cutting, laminating (optional), and securing with transparent tape.
Here they are on my side tables in the family room. They are a perfect height and shape. One box contains all my greeting cards. I'm trying to be better about sending cards to friends and family. I know that many people are sending e-cards, posts on Facebook, and email, but there is something about getting a card and letter in the mail. I still have my scrapbook of cards from childhood. There are the birthday cards from grandparents and aunts and uncles. Many still show the residual tape from nickels and dimes being taped to them and sent in the card. Good memories of loving people!
The second box holds "seasonal" items that I might be working on. In November and December the box contained our Christmas cards, Christmas letter, and postage stamps. Having the easy access helped me to get my cards done in a timely manner and have a place to put "it" all away in plain sight.
Check out some more examples of "my stuff" hiding in plain sight.
I will be sharing more secret and not-so-secret hiding places for containing and displaying useful and needed things in plain sight. One of my favorites is to use beautiful, holiday bags to hide and contain wrapping paper and bows during the holidays. I store the bags under the tree when I am not using them, and yet I have easy access and easy clean-up when I need them. Sometimes, I store items that I put away for the holidays to make room for the holiday decor in bags and decorative boxes under the tree. I even top them with a little tissue paper or bow. When my mom came for Christmas this year, she commented, "Oh, so many presents!" Mm-m-m-m--not as many as you might think, Mom.
How do you store your precious things in plain sight? Please share and keep on creating with everything that makes you happy!
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