burning the wick at both ends

Nov 30

if the title to this entry didn’t already give it away….today it’s all about organizing our collection of candles. and i felt the title was accurate given the way our family life is these days. anyone else feeling that way? the holidays are such a special time of year and because we are so busy, it flies by much too quickly. i’m hoping to slow down a bit in the next couple days once i am finished with gift shopping and home decorations. i’m determined that our family will just enjoy the holiday season and spend time with friends.
oooo, and if i finish gift shopping soon…i can do a lot more organizing projects 😉
this one-a-day was sparked by several inspirations. one being the fact our candles were stored away in our daughter’s closet. before her room was hers, it was a guest room. the closet in that room functioned as a storage space. now that she is acquiring quite the little wardrobe (much better than mom’s), it was time to move the candles out.
and honestly, what i didn’t see…i wasn’t using. it bums me out to find a great holiday candle AFTER the holiday has passed!
another inspiration….a new beautiful set of candles/candle holders i found at Williams-Sonoma on Black Friday….

are those the prettiest? the candle holders are delicate, little glass leaves. they were originally priced at $19.95, but on sale for $8.99!…

the tapers that went along with them were originally $12.95, but marked down to $5.99!…

we will keep these away for next years Thanksgiving holiday….but given my history of forgetting i have cute little candles like this set aside, it was time for a quick re-org! every year i try to take advantage of the great post-holiday sales. i have found the best deals on holiday accessories and candles after a holiday. do you do the same thing?

my husband and i love to have candles around the house. we have gathered quite the collection of them over the years….we have pine cones…

…snowy, sparkly trees…

and many more!

here they are after i gathered everything together = read emptied out our daughter’s closet!…

it was clearly time for a better storage solution. and the candles needed to be sorted through anyway. several had been burned previously and didn’t have much left to burn. there were many candles that needed to be donated or placed under the house for our upcoming garage sale.

i had the perfect spot in the house for their new home – our kitchen buffet table…

this piece has become one of our favorites in the house. it provides so much great storage…and it’s pretty!…

the middle cabinets are where we keep alcohol, bar ware, and nice placemats/table cloths. but the 2 side cabinets weren’t being fully utilized…

time to re-org!…and this made for the best, easy access point for our candle collection.

i also had the perfect item to re-purpose for the job. i have had these great little ikea dividers since our 7 year old was a newborn. they have served many, many functions over the years; inside the kids drawers or closets, in the pantry, in my bathroom drawers….why not candles!?…

first, i sorted through all of the candles and determined what was a keep, what was a donate, what was a garage sale, and what was trash.

then i sorted all of the different sizes. the larger candles went inside the cabinet (see below) on the shelf. but the smaller candles went into their own little divider…here are the tall votives…

here are the small votives…

 

here are the tall candlesticks and tapers…

and here are the jarred votive candles…

once that was done, it was time to put all of the candles away. here are all of the larger candles…

and in the other cabinet i placed the smaller candles in their dividers…

SUPER easy project! and now that they are within reach, there is no way i will forget about them.

once i organized the candles, i spent the rest of my child-free evening setting up some candles throughout the house for the Christmas season….

i even put together a pretty candle display on the kitchen counter. now i have something pretty to look at while doing dishes or cooking…

this project took me just under 35 minutes. i stayed focused and didn’t let emotions take over…like when i discovered 4 little snowmen candles we purchased long before having our children. they were slightly lop-sided from having been stored away in various temperatures all these years. so, out they went!
after finishing up, this year i’ve decided we are going to light more candles! do you find that you purchase beautiful candles and then never light them? i know it’s tough to think about burning that adorable pine cone or snowy tree, for example….but why not? that is why we purchase them, right? true, some of them make beautiful decorations year after year, but sometimes i won’t buy a new candle because i feel i have too many stored away at home. if i burn them – that means i can buy more! 😉
how do you store your candles? and how have you displayed them for the holidays? please share!

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  1. Nadia says:

    Took the words right from me!!! My thoughts exactly for the whole post lol!!!

  2. Nadia – great minds think alike! 😉

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