Favorite Things Friday: The Right Containers


I hate to admit it, but these stupid, plastic containers give me a LOT of joy. I love knowing that everything fits in them. I love their compactness. I love having a system I follow every year.

I don’t like that I had to buy them. It seems like we should be able to get along just fine with the system my parents used – wrapping ornaments in toilet tissue and piling them into an old cardboard box. I did that for years, but then one year indulged in “real” containers for my various Christmas accoutrements and I will never go back. Turns out that there really is better living through plastic. I have never been happier unpacking or packing up my Christmas stuff.

Looking for post-Christmas sales on these ornament boxes, wreath boxes, and light spools is a good idea. They really do make the whole holiday decorating effort much easier.

This year, as I am unpacking my Christmas gear, I am paying closer attention to the things that make me happy and the things that I am keeping out of a sense of obligation or plain old ambivalence. I want to pare down and have only the things that make me and my kids really happy. I have already made one trip to the donation center and this group of things went there today.


Fake fruit (very realistic, but still unnecessary), a parasol (why have I kept this?), extra office supplies, plastic champagne flutes, sheets for a bed size I don’t own, fabric and trim bought impulsively, and a faded Easter wreath. The hardest things to give up were the clay Christmas tree hand-made by my daughter (which weighs about 30 lbs.) and the shower curtain which is pretty but doesn’t work in my bathroom anymore. All of these things have sat around my house for a long time and it is time to move them out into the world for someone else to enjoy.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and finding ways to make it easier and more joyful.

Are you doing anything differently this year?

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  1. I will confess that I’ve always wanted those dedicated-to-Christmas-stuff containers, but I’m always so sick of spending (and Christmas) by the time those sales hit that I never get them. I just might reconsider this year! Wondering if you’ve seen the William Morris Project at Pancakes & French Fries? Super-nice community of bloggers/readers working on bringing Morris’s idea about home to life. (“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”) Jules posts about it every Thursday and other bloggers link up their projects. I’ve found some great blogging friends by joining in there. You might like it, too.

    1. annie kip says:

      Thank you – yes, I have checked that site out before (maybe heard about it on your blog?) and I have always loved that William Morris quote – as well as his designs! His words so succinctly describe how to deal with our “stuff,” don’t they? I will check in there again – thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Deb says:

    Wow, that fruit DOES look real!!! Why did you want go let go of your daughter’s handmade Christmas tree? I need to pare down my stuff, too … also my Halloween junk … and those plastic containers sound like an excellent investment, Gaaaaaaaaaaaaal! MERRY CHRISTMAS ANNIE!!! xoxoxoxoxo

    1. annie kip says:

      Yes, I know it sounds heartless to “donate” her Christmas sculpture, but I just have to draw the line somewhere. I have so many things that she has made that I absolutely love, that this one was easy to let go – espcially because it was so heavy and I have to haul my Crhistmas stuff in and out of the attic every year! Yes, I am the gal who wants to be a homesteader and raises backyard chickens and worms, but also loves her landfill-clogging plastic containers. I guess that is the plenty perfect balance! merry Christmas to you too, gal!!!

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