In Plain Sight

Currently I’m in the middle of decorating for Christmas. While I love all the little vintage bobbles that I’ve accumulated over the years, I’m not going to lie—it’s a lot of work to display it all. It’s a lot of work just to unpack it all. But in the end the burden is outweighed by a couple months of holiday joy exploding out of every nook. Like any collector, the question I get asked most often is, “Where do you store it all?” With just over 1,000 sq. ft. my house doesn’t have endless storage possibilities. For years I’ve kept my Christmas collection at my parents’ house, but last year I decided to move it in with me. How’d I squeeze it all in? By hiding it all in plain sight.


I discovered I had quite a bit of underutilized space allover the place: the space inside all of my vintage luggage. After displaying the luggage for years, it seems a little silly that the thought to use them for storage never occurred to me. I always thought if I put anything in there I’d forget it about it forever. But that logic actually makes a great argument for storing things you only need once a year.


So, while you’re considering all of the interesting things you could do with an old suitcase, you might just consider using it for what it was intended for—holding all your nonsense.

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