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Decorated
storage shelves, baskets and basket benches will delight your heart. Imagine a
lighted Christmas village on finished wood shelves. And you can dangle
ornaments from the basket handles. 

Storage shelves with baskets are
popular for home or office decorating and gift-giving anytime. Yet, the
holidays offer a variety of opportunities to use them in festive ways in your
home or office — or give them as gifts. A little creativity will go a long way
towards utilizing storage shelves, baskets or basket benches in your holiday
decorating and in creating unique gifts for family and friends.

Basket Benches


Place a basket storage bench in the entryway of
your home or in the family room, den or dining room. Use the seat surface
of the bench to display a nativity set, Christmas village or collectible
figurines. Arrange the items on a decorative table runner, velvet fabric
or a piece of glittered cotton or polyester batting. 


Trim the baskets under the bench to match the
decorating theme on the bench seat. Tie strands of natural or colored raffia
around the basket handles to match your display. Or, loop the twine hangers
of star, angel or Baby Jesus ornaments through the top of the basket handles.
For a Christmas village, bend some short pieces of artificial holly vines or
pine greenery around the basket handles. Highlight elegant
collectibles with velvet or gold ribbons and bows tied through the basket
handles. Use the baskets to store suggested items in the “Baskets” paragraph
below.

Shelves for Baskets


Bookcase shelves, what-not shelves and open-frame
shelves for baskets offer holiday decorating and storage areas for any room of
the home or office. Decorate the baskets to match the design of the room they
are placed in. You may also want to move a bookcase shelf or a basket
shelf near your Christmas tree or into a room where it isn’t normally placed
in order to provide some extra holiday storage. Many narrow what-not shelves
can fit into tight spots, yet hold up to four baskets for storing seasonal
items. Place holiday decorations on the top of on one or more of the shelves
of your narrow storage unit.


Tie wide ribbon bows through the basket handles to
decorate any baskets you place in the shelving units. Consider using ribbon to
tie candy canes, holiday-shaped cookie cutters, Christmas stockings or
Christmas ornaments onto the basket handles. Drape holiday fingertip towels
over the basket edges for use in the bathroom or kitchen. Arrange small red or
green doilies over the basket edges for hallway or bedroom basket shelves.

Baskets


Store gift-wrapping materials such as gift bags,
flat wrap, ribbon and bows, gift tags, tape and scissors in a basket. Use
another basket to keep your greeting card list with cards, pens, decorative
envelope stickers and postage stamps. 


Fill a basket with small gifts for your
postal carrier, paper deliverer and other special people at home or in a
workplace. Consider, also, candles, scented room fresheners, fireplace
matches, candle lighters, and spare Christmas bulbs and fuses for your indoor
and outdoor lights.


In the kitchen use shelving with baskets to hold
seasonal napkins and paper cups and plates for unexpected guests. Keep the
baking items you plan to use throughout the season in baskets. Put heavier
items like flour and sugar containers or a Christmas cookie jar on the top of your
storage shelves.  Baskets can separate cookie cutters and mint or candy
molds from decorative sugars and sprinkles for your cookies and cakes. Keep
some colorful plastic wrap or treat bags in a basket to be able to quickly wrap
up some goodies to send home with friends. 


Utilize baskets without setting them on a
shelf. Fill a wicker basket with scented pine cones or live greenery for a
seasonal-scented table centerpiece. Put decorative soaps and holiday
towels in a cloth basket for a bathroom decoration. Use wicker baskets for
gift baskets to give to friends. Wrap filled baskets with cellophane wrap,
and tie a ribbon around the basket.


Incorporate basket shelves into your holiday
decorating theme. The shelving with baskets can store household or Christmas
items. Use ribbons and your imagination to colorfully decorate the baskets. The
wood shelves by themselves can display hobbies, collections or a snow scene, a
lighted village or nativities. Throughout your home baskets may be placed in various
configurations for a splash of designer color. Trim them to carry out a party
theme, to sort and display gift items or to give as gifts to family, friends or
business associates. Decorating storage shelves, baskets and basket storage benches
in your home or office will ring in the spirit of the seasonComputer Technology Articles, warm your heart and
become a memorable holiday tradition.

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