Essential Christmas Decoration Storage Items

Now that Christmas has come to a close, it’s time to store the holiday decor and prep for the post-season cleanup. With the proper storage and adequate organization, you can keep special items safe, while making next year’s setup much easier. Let’s look at some of our most useful holiday storage items. Click the photo to learn more about each item highlighted below.

Tree Storage Bag

Safely store an artificial tree in a bag specifically designed to protect the branches and lights.

Artificial Christmas Tree Storage Bags

Ornament Storage

The safest way to store ornaments is to separate and wrap them individually. This can get tedious with newspaper and tote boxes, and some ornaments still break. Different sized ornament bozes allow you to easily separate and store ornaments by style. The separation panels are durable and soft, keeping your ornaments safe without all the work of newspaper wrapping.

72 ornament storage holdeHolds up to 112 Ornaments

 

Garland and Wreath Holders

Garland and wreaths need to keep their shapes in order to look their best. Help them retain their shapes with one of our great protective storage options.

wreath and garland storage

Light Storage

Light organizers will help protect holiday lights from damage, while making next year’s setup much easier. Prevent tangles and broken bulbs with cord holders and light storage reels.

light storage reel with zip up baglight cord wraps

7 Chores to Complete Before Spring

It felt like Christmas was just yesterday, but it’s actually been over two weeks! For some reason, the beginning of the year seems to fly by us much quicker than the summer and autumn months (is that just me?). If you haven’t already taken down your Christmas decorations, you’re likely doing it soon. Mid-January is ideal for doing a little pre-spring cleaning because you can do a lot of it as you’re putting away holiday decor.

So, you have the post-holiday cleanup, Valentine’s Day, and suddenly it’s spring! This happens all the time, so a few years ago I started doing a little pre-spring cleaning as I closed down on Christmas decor. The tips below will make your spring cleaning much easier! I swear by this list and do it every year. I hope this post helps you as much as it’s helped me. Happy Cleaning!

Close Down Christmas

If you haven’t done so already, pack up everything from the holidays. Feel free to leave snowmen, snow globes, and white holiday lights up, as those make great winter decorations. If you leave those up however, make sure you have the storage boxes handy for quick and easy cleanup in spring.

Use Quality Storage

Store holiday items safely and easily for next year with tree bags, ornament boxes, light wraps, and more. When you use a storage bag or box thats created for a specific item, you reduce the risk of that item breaking. That’s obvious but the major benefit comes the following year. Special storage items will make it so much easier to find everything you need for decorating.

Clean Carpets and Linens

I don’t mean just vacuum and wash the Christmas tablecloth. I mean shampoo every rug in the house and wash all linens including curtains and placemats. This should be done a few times a year, but not too often. If you complete these tasks now, your spring cleaning list will already have a huge dent in it.

Polish All Wood

You should polish your wood every few months, and more often for frequently used surfaces. Clean and polish ALL wood in the home now. In spring, you’ll just need a few touch ups.

Decorate The Mantle

Some people only decorate the mantle for holidays. During the rest of the year it has a few photo frames and maybe some candles. Create an attractive, generic decor scheme for the off months. The mantle is a focal point in your home and it’s good to have something special up there regardless of the season.

Clean Baseboards

Baseboards can get dirty pretty quickly. You may honestly want to do this one once a month. I used to do it every few, but as I got older I realized it needs to be more frequently. So, if you do it my way, you’ll clean the baseboards three times before spring. Cleaning them this often prevents dust and hair from building up, making them easier to clean every few weeks.

Purge Unwanted Items

Clothing and decor that you no longer use or like should go to someone who will use it. These things will only take up space and harness negative energy, thus stressing you out. Take a day to purge as much of your stuff as you can. I’m not saying go Oprah and give away expensive stuff, but make sure everything you hold on to has a purpose and is loved.

DIY Home Decor for Every Room

I’ve highlighted a large portion of our best home decor items over the last few months. While I love our items, I also love to see handmade decor in a home. Items that you created yourself hold sentimental value and positive energy. The item you created is a one-of-a-kind, truly personalized decoration. I have a few things I’d like to try over the next few months before I move. I’ve decided to share my super-top-secret DIY projects with you. By super-top-secret I actually mean I found them on Pinterest! As always, if you try one of these projects, send us photos and we’ll highlight the best ones on our Facebook page. Happy Crafting!

Kitchens & Breakfast Nooks

DIY Coffee Mug Rack

Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

Bathrooms

Towel Racks

Mason Jar Supply Containers

Dining Rooms & Living Rooms

Old Door Photo Frame

Scrabble Coasters

Illuminated Dividers

Bedrooms

Makeup Storage

Lace Shelves

DIY Illuminated Canopy


 

Sherrie Carter

Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolution IdeasSticking to your New Year’s resolutions is always easier said than done. Fortunately, there are a few tips to staying on course or getting back on track. We all have weak moments; it’s what makes us human. It’s important that we don’t let it completely ruin the plans for ourselves. The main reason we quit something is that our subconscious mind and our conscious selves are not in agreement. You want to make a change, so your conscious mind creates a set of standards for your behavior. Then your subconscious comes in, and finds ways to disobey the conscious mind. Our brains are incredibly powerful. We have to find a way to get both parts of our mind to agree that this change is going to happen. I’ve created a list of tips that have helped me stick to plans in the past. I used to be very wishy-washy when it came to saving money or losing weight. After figuring out the four points below, it got a lot easier. I hope they help you as much as they helped me. Good Luck & Happy New Year!

Make a Commitment

Make yourself and your future a priority in your mind. Make a vow to yourself that you want things to be better, and the only way it can happen is if you accept the new changes. Whatever your resolution is, this should work. You have to treat yourself the way you’d treat a friend or family member. If you wouldn’t break a promise to someone you care about, you shouldn’t break a promise to yourself either. This mindset will help you stick to your plan, but it will also improve your mood and help you love yourself just a little more.

Write it Down

We tend to remember things and stick to plans better when they’re written down; it’s just how we’re made. If you’re trying to lose weight or save money, you’ll see your progress over time. Doing this will help motivate you to continue, because the results feel rewarding. Even if your resolution is different, writing it down will help because you’re pushing it into both your conscious mind and subconscious mind each time you write and read it. This is pretty much how I get everything done.

Create a Support System

Ask friends and family to help out with your goal. Ask someone you trust to give you tough love when you feel you may falter. I cannot stress the importance of having moral support. It’s like having a spotter when bench pressing.

Hold Yourself Accountable & Don’t Quit

Mistakes happen, we’re only human. Remember that each decision is yours and yours alone. Do not place blame elsewhere. While you should take responsibility for the mistake, you don’t have to be too hard on yourself. Just understand that we mess up sometimes, and learn from it. Don’t let it derail you or cause you to quit. The most common example of this is when someone on a diet has a candy bar. What do they say next? Something like: “this turned into a cheat day now”. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have that one snack and decide it was a cheating moment. You don’t have to throw away an entire day of your resolution for one mistake.

Sherrie Carter

Kitchen Decor Every Home NEEDS

For the most part, your kitchen needs to be convenient and functional for your needs. However, every kitchen also needs decorative items and quality storage. Adequate space will help organize supplies in an attractive manner. The decor will bring cheer and happiness to it, making your house feel like a home. That all sounds obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many people have strictly functional kitchens!

Every kitchen is different, but there are some key items everyone should have. We have some great, versatile items in our online shop. I’ve highlighted my favorite kitchen items that would work in any home. Click each photo for more information and pricing.

 

Bubbled Glass Canisters

Bubbled Glass Canisters

Coffee, Tea, & Sugar Containers

tea containersugar containercoffee container

Sassy Aprons

Sassy Chefs Aprons

Quality Storage for Pots & Pans

hanging Storage for Pots

Unique, Attractive Serving Dishes

deviled egg serving dishterracotta serving dish

Fresh, Bright Dish Towels

fresh bright ktichen towels

Decorative Wall Storage

kitchen wall storage

 
Sherrie Carter

 

Popular Throw Pillows & Blanket Colors in 2016

The color institute of Pantone just announced the 2016 colors of the year! From graphic design to home interiors and fashion, Pantone LLC. is a highly-esteemed authority of color. Soft pinks, slate blues, and dark blues complement their selected colors of the year perfectly.

Throw blankets and decorative pillows are key pieces in your décor; they help make it a home. The cozy, warm accents blend everything together perfectly. Choosing the right material, color, and size is important. Visit the link above for ideal color pairings in 2016. I’ve also included a few examples below. Click each photo for info and pricing.

Popular Throw Pillows

blue lush decorative pillow lily white fuschia decorative throw pillow

pink flanged trim decorativenavy blue decorative pillow

Popular Blankets & Afghans

blue cotton fringe throw blanket gray solid patterned cable knitted blanket red and creme white solid fringe throw blanket

 
 
Sherrie Carter

5 Reasons Christmas Shopping in January is THE BEST

Christmas Central is currently hosting our huge winter clearance sale. We’re not the only ones either! We all know January is a magical time for Christmas clearance sales. Most stores offer major discount on all of your favorite items. In addition to sales, the post-Christmas season offers a multitude of benefits. I personally love Christmas shopping all year long. Here’s why:

  1. SALES! Many stores (including us) offer a wide range of post-Christmas winter clearance sales. You can find beautiful items for next year at a great discounted prices!
  2. TIME! If you start in January, you won’t find yourself rushing out in crowds in late December. The more time you give yourself to get ready, the less stressful it will be.
  3. MONEY! In addition to the usual end of season sales, you can also find great deals throughout the entire year. If you take one year to spend what you normally spend in the three months before Christmas, life will be much easier.
  4. EXCITEMENT! Keep the Christmas spirit alive just a little longer by extending the holiday. Sometimes we feel a little down after the excitement of Christmas is gone. We know we have to wait a full year until it comes back. Shopping in January allows you to build excitement and anticipation over the course of a year instead of just a few months.
  5. GOOD GIFTS! When you start your shopping in January, you give yourself a long time to find that perfect make-them-cry gift. You won’t be searching around stores only getting to browse through what’s left in the store after Black Friday.

Starting The New Year Happy and Healthy

We’re into a new year now. Happy 2016! If you’re not the resolution type, that’s okay. You don’t have to make a huge change or go on a “diet” just because it became January. However, a new year does resemble a fresh start. You can make a few small changes slowly over the next year. These changes will dramatically improve your health and mood. Trust me, I know from experience. After a few months of small changes, I began to feel much better all around.

Purge Unused Clothing & Unwanted Items

Unused and undesirable items collect the negative energy you emit when looking at them. It’s true; it’s one of the main theories behind Feng Shui and other beliefs. From the way your furniture is placed to the color of your walls, everything is crucial. Purge clothing you won’t wear and items you don’t use to promote positive energy for the New Year. The extra space will feel like a breath of fresh air.

Make a Commitment to Exercise Regularly

Even if you’re not interested in going to the gym every single day, make it a point to be active for at least an hour. When we’re up and moving, we create positive energy in our bodies. Not only will it help keep you in shape, but it will also boost your mood. You don’t have to do anything rigorous if you’re just not into that lifestyle, but even going for a walk is good for you. Get up and do something for at least an hour. After a few weeks, you won’t be able to imagine your life any other way.

Choose Healthier Meals/ Eat Out Less Often

Don’t consider this a “diet”. Diets often fail because people have a mindset of “I can’t eat this, this, and this for the next four months”. Make yourself realize that you have to spend most of your life making good food choices. If you want to live a long, healthy life, you can’t eat garbage every single day. However, we’re only human and sometimes we need that cheesecake stacker from Checkers/Rallys. Sometimes you just want to go out for a burger and a beer. When you teach yourself that it’s a once-in-a-while treat, you end up eating healthier for the rest of your life. Plus, you’ll enjoy that burger more. I usually stick to a healthy meal plan for 5 weekdays. I give myself a little more freedom on the weekends, because that’s “me time”. As long as you eat right MOST of the time, you CAN have that candy bar. You CAN have pizza. You just can’t feed yourself food like that all the time. Once you accept this, making better choices will be easier.

Drink More Water

Most of us don’t get nearly enough water. Dehydration can take it’s toll in a variety of ways. From mood swings to nasuea, dehydration will get to you. Make sure you have several 8oz glasses of water each day. This is not a myth, it’s proven to help promote good moods, productivity, and weight loss.

Take The Right Vitamins

If you lack iron, vitamin D, or another crucial element, make sure you’re taking supplements to adjust. We need the right levels of amino acids and vitamins to maintain a healthy, happy life. Talk to your doctor to see which vitamins would be good for you to take. Everyone can benefit from fish oil and a daily multivitamin, so consider starting with those.

Take a Few Minutes for Some “You Time”

Earlier I mentioned that weekends are “me” time. It’s important that you give yourself time to relax and do the things you want to do. For one day (or both) allow yourself to live without the restrictions of schedules, diet, and work. Sundays work for me, but everyone is different. Pick a day that is YOUR day, and spend that time pleasing yourself and not others. For the most part, we care about our family, freinds, and job. So we spend our time making others happy. It’s important to be a little (emphasis on a little) selfish once in a while. You must care for yourself as you care for others.

Make Time for People

Similar to the point above, you have to find time for the people you care about. Too often we cancel or flake on plans because we’re busy, broke, or whatever. Love is an important part of life and without it, days have a little less color in them. Make a point to see the people who make you smile. Even if you just have a lazy movie night.

Take a Technology Break

Our phones and computers can stress us out like never before. They’re our metaphorical leashes. Yes you need them for an emergency, yes things are important. However, for a little while, the world will go on in your absence. Most things CAN wait. I usually put up a status that says “taking a technology break for a little while, I’m not ignoring anyone. I’ll respond tomorrow”. Most of the time people will respect that and I’ll have maybe, one message by the time I check my phone.

The Connection Between Human Emotion & Home Decor

There’s a strong connection between human emotions and home decor. Why do we decorate? It’s not because of advertising or competition, which some people might argue. Human beings, regardless of culture, have always “nested”. As comedian Joe Rogan puts it, our cities are just giant beehives. Our decorating and nesting habits are instinctive and natural. Nobody told us to start decorating our homes, we just did it. Our form of nesting today is decorating our living space. Now, imagine the government came in and took all of your sentimental and decorative items. What would that do to you? I went down this home decor rabbit hole while watching the 2002 movie “Equilibrium”. In this dystopian society, human emotion is illegal. Subsequently, any objects that could invoke human emotion are illegal. The movie has few scenes that show us just how important our emotions are. There’s also an incredibly important scene where the main character finds a room of illegal home decor, and it makes him feel for the first time. Let’s have a look.

John Preston (Christian Bale) Sees the view from his room for the first time. This is when the feelings start to creep in, but he is unaware.

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John Preston saves a puppy and finds it harder to suppress emotion. Can you blame him? look at this thing.

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John Preston finds a hidden room of elegant, historical decor. Upon viewing a snowglobe and hearing music for the first time, his emotions launch a full assault.

 


This movie made me appreciate the smallest things, like being allowed to have a dog and an attractive lamp. Life without my decorated bedroom and music would be bland. A woman in this movie was caught with an abundance of decorative items and contraband. Upon arrest, she asks Preston “Why are you alive? I’m alive to feel. Without emotion, each breath is a ticking clock”. So there you have it. Look around your desk, and your bedroom. What would your life be like if someone were to forbid you to keep your possessions.

If you haven’t seen the movie, go watch it immediately.

Sherrie Carter

A Peek Into 2016: Highly Anticipated Movies

Imagine what 2016 holds for us. We can’t predict everything that will happen, but we can set a few expectations. For example, I personally think this is going to be an amazing year for movies. With these wonderful trailers, we can peek ahead to see what excitement awaits us in the theaters in 2016. There are so many great movies coming out, but I’ve included the trailers of the most anticipated movies so far. Check them out below, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Warcraft


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Zootopia


Suicide Squad

X-Men: Apocalypse


The Boy


Alice Through the Looking Glass



Sherrie Carter