November 29, 2009

Cool Product - Dinnerware Storage

Have you finished your turkey leftovers yet? Good--now it's time to buckle down and get ready for the rest of the ho-ho-holiday season.

Today's 'Cool Product' goes out to those who celebrate Christmas. I have worked with many clients at the holiday season who have special dishes for the Christmas holiday. At least half of them store them in a cardboard box wrapped in newspaper. Half of those people never utilize their dishes because in the hustle and bustle of the season, they can't find the time or energy to unwrap dishes (cups and platters, too), wash them and then rewrap and store them after the holidays.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, check out Lillian Vernon's 'Jolly Holly' quilted/padded dinnerware storage pieces. Whether it's the fine china you inherited from Grandma or the wine glasses you rarely use, I recommend storing them in these types of dinnerware storage pieces--also called 'China Keepers.' The come in canvas or plastic and come with cardboard or flat/foam dividers to separate each dish.

Why the 'Jolly Holly' storage pieces for your Christmas dishes? Placing your Christmas dishes in Christmas-themed storage pieces will help you identify them very quickly on the shelves of an overstuffed closet or basement/attic space. Who has time during the holidays to hunt down dishes? Gotta make life easy and less stressful during the month of December and that's what these 'Jolly Holly' china keepers do.

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November 10, 2009

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

In an attempt to bring you correct information, I have scoured the Internet looking for the correct date for National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Some websites say it's November 14th or 15th and some say the holiday was declared to be the third Wednesday in November by the Whirlpool Corporation (which would make it the 18th this year).

Regardless of the exact date, it's a good idea to clean out your refrigerator from time to time. Believe it or not, food can be clutter. Don't you have to make room for the Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings, anyway?

A while back I wrote an article about this very topic. If you're not sure where to start, check out my article, 6 Tips for Organizing Your Refrigerator.

Bonus Tip: Use a marker or pen to write the 'I opened it' date on food items you don't eat often. This will prevent many a stomach ache from food that's been around too long.