Post # 1
I keep seeing all these wonderful DIY decorations, and flower arrangements, and aisle runners, and favors, etc I’m definitely planning on doing most of these too, but where do you guys store all of these projects so they don’t get messed up?? I don’t have a spare room to keep these things closed off at and I also have 2 dogs and 2 cats. I want to get a jump start on my planning, but I don’t know how.
Post # 3
I packed all of mine up in boxes, then labeled everything with pictures and directions. Here’s an example
Post # 4
@housebee: Then did you just keep the boxes in your garage? I’m just so scared that if I spend all this time on a project, then it would break.
Post # 5
@keevolpi: Right now, my projects/gifts for BMs are spread out. LOL. I have some in our office, and some on our dining room table. We don’t entertain a whole lot, so it makes it easier to have things on that table.
Plus, it’s high up enough that our crazy beagle doesn’t get to the projects!
Post # 6
@keevolpi: I kept my boxes in our spare bedroom.
Post # 7
@keevolpi: Only you can figure out where you have room in your home.Don’t forget the space under the bed. If you really don’t have any space in your home, do you have family with space you could use temporarily?
I suggest using plastic rubbermaid type bins that have square edges and stack neatly. Label everything as the pp mentioned. Plastic bins will keep moisture and the dogs out.
Post # 7
I would love to state that I keep everything together and well organized. But I can’t. I work on projects pieces at a time and until it is ready to be all packed up together (properly labeled and itemized with inspiration pictures). It is just kind of a scattered mess until then. I have done my best to keep the “mess” to one or two rooms in our house so that the wedding hasn’t completely taken over our living space. Luckily, we have a very large basement (my craft room), garage, and spare bedroom for lots of storage. But I have lived in small places before and have learned some creative storage techniques:
The ceiling in your closet: screw in hooks to hang things from the ceiling. Flower arrangements can be stored this way using plastic bags (e.g., grocery bags) over the tops of flowers with the handles tied at the stem base. Hang from the ceiling on hooks/bent nails.
$10 bed risers increase the storage space under your bed so larger items can be stored there.
Space under your dining room table–if you seldom sit down at the table (or don’t use all the seats at the table), boxes can be stored there. A table cloth hides the boxes.
Space bags are friends. Store your out of season clothing in these bags and use the extra space now available in your closet.
Incorporate your projects into your home decor now–Why wait to display some of those centerpieces?
Now is a good time to donate items to Goodwill (or the like). You will soon be getting new presents from the wedding and will have to do a clean out anyway.
Over the door hangers and hooks, hooks on walls, items in boxes that can be stacked in a corner.
Keep in mind that any item that is too big to store, you may have trouble getting into your car and to the venue, so keep size in mind when selecting DIY projects. Decor that can be neatly folded/packed/broken down are a lot easier to store (e.g., my petal aisle border is rolled up and fits neatly into a small box).
I keep a master list of things I’ve done and need to do, and where the items currently are kept. When I move a box, I do my best to update the list with the new location.