Hello again! I’ve been a little out of pocket over the past few months due the passing of my amazing grandfather, my husband’s unexpected hospitalization, me being ridiculously sick for a few weeks (I swear I caught Ebola and MRSA from the hospital #iknowiknow #buttotallypossiblewithme), and then back to the hospital with the hubs. When it rains, it pours around here. I’m trying to ease back into a normal schedule while I keep my fingers crossed for happier times ahead! This will be a short post but I didn’t want to wait any longer to share this idea to hide Christmas gifts in plain sight for the holidays.
I don’t know about you, but we are tight on space in our house. It makes me laugh that I originally bought this house to grow into and because it had great storage space…HA! While we have a decent amount of closet space upstairs, prying eyes have access to them so I’ve always hidden the girls’ gifts in my master bedroom closet. This is such a joke because I happen to have the smallest, most ridiculous closet for a master and by the time Christmas arrives, I’m ready to toss in a grenade.
My closet happens to be in the master bathroom so it’s also accessible to the girls. My 4-year old almost always takes a bath in there and they both brush their teeth in there (so we can witness this phenomenon). I’ve done a decent job over the years at hiding things in that little cave but I knew the clock was ticking and a better plan was necessary.
I decided to use Ikea’s Frakta zippered bag since they are pretty large and very inexpensive. They have two zipper pulls which have openings large enough to hold a mini padlock. I purchased these at Home Depot.
I bought one bag for each girl and a third for gifts for my husband or anyone else that needed to be kept out of sight until I had the chance to wrap.
I will say that these bags are not completely opaque and in bright lighting, might show a sneak peak of wording on a box or the outline of something obvious. That’s not a problem in my
cave closet but as a precaution, I left certain items inside of their shipping boxes. You could also just toss in a towel or little blanket to keep between the gifts and the sides of the bag.
I have the bags stacked up in my closet and no longer have to worry about anyone accidentally seeing something or ruining any surprises. It’s also helpful to have everything in one spot in effort to avoid finding stocking stuffers next July. #everysingleyear
Another bonus is that if I decide to go wrap gifts in another part of the house, I can carry the bag without waiting for someone to use the bathroom, hauling booty from the closet to another room while I balance as many gifts as possible, inevitably dropping them and attempting to throw my entire body over them as if I’m a blanket the second I hear the toilet flush. #notrecommended #doesntwork #atALL
This Ikea hack has worked for me so far this year and I love that when Christmas is over, they will store flat and not take up any space.