“I’ve bought most of my Christmas presents, now I’ve just got to find somewhere to hide them.”
It’s the same school gate conversations I’ve had year after year. It starts in October, organised me, with a mission to avoid the last minute present buying rush, slowly begins the stockpiles gifts. It’s easy at first, top of the wardrobe is my go-to. How the kids haven’t ever rumbled me is great but slightly worrying. Are they really wrapped up in their own little worlds to not notice the hessian bags and boxes which appear regularly in the run-up to the big day?
Or maybe they’re just really good snoopers and good at not telling me stuff? Don’t you just hate how Christmas brings out the secrecy in everyone!
If there’s ever a time to be more efficient with your space, it’s Christmas. I tend to go full Christmas grotto style to make the whole season feel cosy. I replace all year round ornaments with Christmas paraphernalia. Which requires taking up even more space.
Thank goodness for my under bed storage is all I can say. These things are little gold pots of hiddy holes. Invest in an ottoman style one like these from Super king divan bed from The Sleep Station and you’re laughing. You’d be surprised just how much you can store under there with nothing on show.
It’s not about finding the space in your house at Christmas. You can never have enough storage.
Sideboards, for instance, are not just for 1980’s dinner parties. When I ran out of kitchen cupboard space, mine became the great place to keep larger items which I only used occasionally. As well as hiding away kids crafting supplies. While storage footstools make great multifunctional furniture for toys.
I love the idea of a coat rack with basket storage. You have gloves and hats are where you need them, ready to grab as you walk out of the door. While in the summer you can swap for suncream, sun hats and umbrellas (not being random, btw, just a healthy nod to the great British summer.)
The main thing to consider though, when trying to claw back space in a home is do you really need everything? Decluttering is ridiculously cathartic. I underwent a big one recently and threw out everything I hadn’t used for 2 years. My local recycle centre became my new local as I took car load after car load. Clothes, bakeware, that large casserole dish you keep just in case but never used as you’ve never needed to cook for more than 8 people in one sitting. (see above; ‘larger items which I only use occasionally.’)
That was the biggest way to make the most of the space I already had!
This is a collaborative post