Christmas ornaments are beautiful and filled with sentimental value. They are also often very fragile. Here are a few helpful tips to help you keep, preserve and store your beloved ornaments: Read the rest »
Putting up decorations for the holidays can be fun, but it is can also be a huge hassle. If you didn’t carefully organize your decorations last year when you put everything away, you may not even know where to find your holiday decorations. Instead of enjoying some holiday music while decorating, you may find yourself in a closet or attic frantically searching for that one box that could be anywhere. This year, have a plan so that you can spend less time searching and storing and more time celebrating.
Color code your boxes
Labeling your storage containers is useful, but you still have to take the time to read all the labels to find your decorations. Instead, buy some color-coded boxes and lids. This way, you’ll know to look for the red and green containers next year. Maybe you can put your ornaments and indoor lights in one color container and your outdoor decorations in another. You’ll know exactly what is in each box next year without having to open everything up. Read the rest »
If you have run out of space in your closet and under your bed, you may be wondering where you should hide your Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. Even if you have storage space, you may want to get the gifts out of your house to keep them away from your children. Unless you have a nearby family member with space to share, you may want to consider renting a storage unit. This way, you know your gifts will be safe and secure and far away from your children.
Hiding your gifts
Large boxes are virtually impossible to hide. This is especially true if you have children who know your best hiding spots. You may be able to hide a few smaller items away from your kids, but your larger items could be discovered. Searching for the gifts before the holidays is part of the fun, but you don’t want your children to actually find any. Seeing their surprised faces when they open a gift they did not expect is one of the best parts of the holidays. So, where should you put your gifts? Read the rest »
The process of aging wine is often complex and delicate. The organic compounds that contribute to your wine’s aroma, flavor and structure can be affected by light, humidity and temperature. Therefore, proper wine storage is key to the aging process. If you are not able to control the temperature of your cellar, closet or other storage area, your wine may age prematurely or quick enough.
Why temperature matters
Bottle aging of wine is a result of chemical reactions taking place. These chemical changes may or may not occur when the wine is too hot or too cold. In one recent study posted on Wineperspective.com, wine aged 1.2 to 1.5 times faster when stored at 59 degrees compared to 55 degrees. When stored at 73 degrees, wine aged eight times faster. Storing wine at 91 degrees for one month is the equivalent of storing wine at 55 degrees for as little as four months or as much as 18 years. As you can see, the aging process becomes more unpredictable at greater temperatures. Read the rest »