November 21, 2009

Christmas, we have a problem.

When we lived in Arizona, Christmas was not a problem.



Christmas was not a problem because my house had hiding places.

I could start shopping in July, be done well before December, and then enjoy every minute of the holiday season without having to rush about trying to find gifts.

Last year, our first Christmas on the East Coast, was a little trickier. I didn't have access to aunt's and grandma's, so I had to schedule shopping trips ahead of time and coordinate them with DadGuy and traffic and store hours. It was touchy at times, but I hid things under blankets in the car until I could move them to the {locked} closet  under the stairs.

This year, I haven't even begun to think about gifts.

I have no where to hide them.

There is no safe area in my home. No closet that is underused. No nook or cranny that I can utilize. The attic is even off limits because A) the access is in the shortlings bedroom and B) the opening is itty-bitty.

I've sat on the couch for much too long, contemplating various hiding places, but they're no good.

No good because that's where we keep the coats.

And the tools.

And the toilet paper.

Christmas, we have a problem.

15 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:59 PM

    Have you thought of renting a storage unit? You wouldn't need anything large and you would only need it for a month so it wouldn't be very expensive.

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  2. We have crawl space you are welcome to store items in. Just let me know when you need to drop off the items

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  3. Think "smaller and fewer" gifts.

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  4. HI- in addition to Sharon's kind offer, you are also welcome to hide things over at my place. You could hide them at both my place and Sharon's and then Christmas Eve or Christmas EVE Eve send your kids on a "treasure hunt" thru Woodbridge to find them!

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  5. That's a tough one here, too. I have one shelf in my closet that holds sweaters. Inbetween the sweaters lie gifts.

    I also have a trunk in the basement storage area (which is a section in the basement marked off with masking tape). I've taken the normal stuff out of the trunk and stuffed the presents in there.

    You may have a place to stash normal things (like sweaters and extra blankets) and then you can use the tub those were in to stash gifts! :)

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  6. hate that dilemma - the older the kids get the worse the problem gets. My last safe storage place is my own closet - I installed a thin shelf behind the hanging clothes (just wide enough for a book) and the gifts get stacked there to the ceiling... it makes for an interesting December... don't try to get dressed in a hurry - but that's where the important gifts have to be hidden :)

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  7. Just break out the shovels and pick axes and dig yourself a sub-terrainian Christmas present fall out shelter.

    You never know it may come in handy in times of peril sure to arrive any day now.

    (BTW Thanks for friending me on FB but do I actually know you? You blog is funny so I guess I could read it and get to know you. Just wondering if I forgot you somehow. Many of my marbles rolled away after the birth of my 4th baby.)

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  8. Inside your unused suitcases.

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  9. In suitcases. Locked. Under your bed.

    Or, in brown cardboard boxes that are sealed with duct tape.

    In my house, everything is in my closet. Up on the top shelves of my closet. Or, wrapped and stored on a lower shelf. Or, hidden behind my hanging clothes.

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  10. We have the same problem, no hiding places. But, at this point it's moot since I have nothing to hide.

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  11. I have the exact same problem... but I am LOVING the storage unit idea! I think I'm going to do that!

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  12. I love the unused suitcases idea. One year I hid everything in the big plastic rubbermaid tubs that were empty because all of the Christmas decorations were out of them being used.

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  13. I have the same problem! right now i have gifts in the back of my car...and honestly i have 2 sitting on the firplace and i just told them they were for someone else...i suck i know...i wonder how much a storgae unit is...hhhmmmm

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  14. Trade with your neighbors or friends from your ward, you hold their children's stuff and they hold yours (or they just hold theirs). You could adopt grandparents. Or do layaway at the stores. Or just wrap everything to begin with, maybe double wrap. Whenever my parents were really trying to keeps us under control our "Santa Gifts" would end up wrapped under the tree.

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  15. I don't really get that much stuff, so I wouldn't need a whole storage unit. BUT, I might take you guys up on your closet offers.

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