The best Christmas tip EVER!

To Reduce Visual Overwhelm
as you Deck your Halls

Store in Plain Sight with this clever trick

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Decking, decking – still decking!

It’s a good thing I have switched to celebrating Twelfth Night – January 6th (12 more days to get it together than if my deadline were Christmas itself). There is NO WAY I’ll have everything ticked, tied and neatened by December 25 — my hall decking has faced a number of serious slowdowns.

  1. FIRST, I had to quickly move everything up off the floor to puppy-proof for the sudden good fortune of locating my wished-for Christmas puppy.
  2. Then, of course, came the day “off” to go get the little guy – and the day after that to recover from staying up all night puppy-proofing, followed by a car trip!
  3. And now that he’s here, I have to WATCH HIM LIKE A HAWK – this dog can find something verboten to put in his tiny mouth even if I’ve just swept or vacuumed.

The decking of halls has taken a decidedly back seat to puppy patrol. Oh well.  If that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes. This little guy is clearly worth it to me!

Celebrate Boxing Day early . . .

No, NOT the day-after-Christmas holiday celebrated by our English-speaking forefathers across the pond (along with, according to Wikipedia, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other Commonwealth nations, as well as Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden!)

I’m talking much bigger boxes for our Boxing Day than those used to gather alms.

Inundated by Shipping Boxes?

If you order anything online (and who doesn’t these days?), you probably hurry to break down the packing/shipping boxes to get them OUT of your house and into the recycling bin.


There’s a much better way to handle them – besides getting things out of the way of a puppy (you’re gonna’ love this!)

WRAP THEM!  (No I am not kidding)

But first, take down as many decorative tchotchkes as possible to clear the decks for Christmas decor.

Not only does Christmas decorating go so much more smoothly if you start with a relatively clean(ish) slate, it looks a lot better to the eye when there aren’t so many items competing for focus.

Pack the items you normally use to “merchandise” your space in a few of the medium to large-ish boxes that arrive carrying internet purchases.

It’s not too late to do it now, by the way – EVEN if your halls are primarily decked already.  Look around to see which non-Christmas items are distracting, and box them up.

NOW wrap those boxes – and tie them up with pretty ribbon and a big bow.

If you have the time, it is EVEN better if it is done in a manner that you can reuse them without rewrapping from year to year.

Even if you are someone who changes your theme or color scheme every Christmas, if you keep the wrapping paper relatively neutral you can always change the look with different ribbon.

Moving right along, you can ALSO reuse those wrapped boxes to pack up some of the ornaments and other artifacts of Christmas-soon-to-be-past until next year – sans bows, of course.

No mistaking what those boxes contain – even without the bows!  (Pop those inside one or two of your pretty boxes and store them all together – the only ones you tie with a flat Christmas ribbon.)

The MAIN thing, however, is to be able to
hide your during-the-season storage solutions
— in plain sight.

Put your prettily wrapped boxes around your home to spread a bit of storage-secret Christmas glow from room to room.

Or mass them together in a couple of out of the way corners.  According to Apartment Therapy, “. . . a collection of otherwise basic gift-wrapped presents is made more dramatic and note-worthy when grouped and stacked all together.”

Here’s the best part: nobody has to climb up to the attic or down dimly lit basement steps to store away the now empty packaging that once held ornaments and other pretties.  Pop ’em in plain wrapped boxes to sit under the ones with the bows until you are ready to take it all down again.

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No more sad and lonely post-present-fest trees

Have you ever noticed that when all the gifts have been opened, even a fully decorated tree looks oddly naked?

All of a sudden the beauty of the tree is almost over-shadowed by what’s no longer under it.

Yet few of us take the tree down immediately, right?

Ta da! You can move a few of these wrapped boxes under your tree to dress things up a bit once again.

Neat trick, huh?

But wait – there’s still MORE . . .

The VERY best part is that you don’t have to locate your storage boxes before you can put everything away for another year, and you can do it in dribs and drabs as you have time to pop a few things away in your pretty boxes without creating a big mess.

AND once you store or toss the tree, you can unwrap all the “presents” you have left for yourself and it feels like Christmas all over again.

On second thought, maybe the very best part is that it doesn’t cost an arm and a Christmas-lamp leg to implement!

Now it’s YOUR turn to share!

Have you ever done something like this?

What are some of your sneaky little Christmas tips and tricks to keep your home looking neat and festive?

Let us ALL know in the comments below.

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

17 Responses to The best Christmas tip EVER!

  1. dgkaye says:

    Okay, you just need your own creative show on TV! Brilliant! 🙂 😉 xxxx

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  2. Carol says:

    I think it is beyond a brilliant idea mgh x and can’t think why I didn’t think of that…So cool! I love it!….I hope you have a wonderful time with your new puppy and he doesn’t wreak too much havoc on your home…I have quite visual thoughts on ours..STILL…But he is adorable so he was forgiven very easily as I am sure yours will be…Happy, Happy Christmas ❤


  3. Tina Frisco says:

    You’re so darn creative, Madelyn. I store moving boxes (flattened and packed inside larger boxes) under my bed, but I never would have thought to wrap them and display as Christmas gifts. This surprises me, because I’m adept at space management. Fabulous idea! Merry Christmas, girlfriend ❤


    • Those of us who have lived in apartments MUST be adept at space management, as you so cleverly refer to it, and we all have creative tips to share (THAT would be a great book, yes?)

      I probably got a jumpstart on most of my small-space dwelling friends. I toured for many years, paying my acting dues post college, with my wordly goods effectively “on my back” in a Fiat sportscar convertible.

      Merry Christmas to YOU my friend.

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  7. janetkwest says:

    He is adorable. And yes my black and white thinking comes out at the thought of getting a pet or dog. I analyze like crazy.

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    • Thanks, Janet. He is certainly keeping me busy. It has been over 20 years since I had a BABY dog, so I had forgotten about some of the puppy antics that needed training.

      We’re working on it – and he is SO eager to please I’m sure things will get calmer once the chew toys I’ve ordered for him arrive – AND once he gets his final shots and is cleared for walks outside.

      It has changed my attitude 180 degrees, however. It is such a joy to awaken to more than the empty silence of a live-alone house!

      I’ll be over to check on what you’re up to later today or tomorrow. I’m scrambling since, even though *I* aim for 12th Nite, I will be spending Christmas Day with friend and colleague Peggy Ramundo.

      I still have gift-duties to attend to, as well as a great deal of decorating to finish (or give up on and neaten anyway). Unless history doesn’t repeat itself, I am expecting a last-minute 12/24 PM SOS to help her finish HER wrapping for daughter Allison.

      Wednesday’s blog article may have to wait as it is. – or be replaced by a quick and simple MERRY CHRISTMAS.

      You were so wise to scale back this holiday season! Thanks for checking on ME today.

      Happy/Merry EVERYTHING!


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