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Organizing Your Wine Collection

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Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, it seems that when you hit your 30s, you begin acquiring a wine collection. A bottle of wine has become a standard option for housewarming presents, hostess gifts, and holiday presents. Wine tasting is a popular choice for summertime activities, including birthday celebrations and wedding weekend events—and it’s nearly impossible to come away from a tasting without a bottle or three.

Before you know it, you are acquiring more bottles than you can keep up with, and if you are like my husband and me (a couple without a dedicated storage piece for wine), your collection starts looking like this…

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For us, finding the right furnishing for our homes has taken quite a bit of time. We have not yet found the right piece to house our growing wine collection, but we have decided we want to take our time instead of making a major impulse purchase.

For us our wine bottles typically remind of us a special occasion, a certain friend, or a milestone in our life, and whenever we open a bottle (especially the good stuff), we like to take a quick moment to reminisce back on the origin of our bottle.

Typically a quick scan of the label will job our memories on the history of our bottle, but as our collection has morphed into a few zones of our house, I decided I wanted to find a way to organize the bottles and also ensure I was remembering why they were so special.

Today, we are sharing a few simple DIY options that will allow you tag your bottles.

Gift Tagging

Gift tags can be a great option for tagging your wine. My lovely fellow Triple Knot-ers gifted me these adorable gift tags, and they are the perfect option to slip over the neck of your wine bottle with a little note inside on where and from whom you received the bottle from.

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Gift tags come in all shapes and sizes, and can be incredibly cost-effective (Paper Source vs. dollar bins at Target). Feeling extra crafty? Consider using a paper punch and some jute or ribbon to make your own gift tag.

Computer Gift Log

Maybe you are less of a visual person, or you really don’t have a wine storage system that allows you to display cute gift tags. Consider purchasing simple circle stickers, which you can number and add to the bottom of your bottle. You can create a corresponding Wine Gift Log on your computer that links the bottle’s number to a brief overview of where the bottle came from.

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Wine Connoisseurs? This is a great solution for those of you who have expensive and rare bottles of wine, where you may want to track more information (i.e. the purchase price, the variety, winery and bottle year).

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Wine Label-Making

A handy label maker is another nice option when it comes to organizing your wine bottles. It’s a quick option, that you can stick right on to your bottle, and is great for those that don’t have the best handwriting.

You can be a bit more limited in what you can write (and may have to reduce the font size of your label), in order to get the label to fit on the bottom of the bottle. Another alternative is to add your label to the backside of the bottle.

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Whether your wine is going into that spare closet in the guest room, or a fancy built-in wine fridge, it’s always nice to take a moment and remember how a particular bottle joined your collection (not to mention, send a quick Thank You email or Text to the gift giver). Finding a convenient way to tag your wine bottles is a great, way to stay organized as your collection increases.

Do you have a way that you keep your wine collection organized? If so, we would love to hear your ideas.

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Organizing for Travel: Maximizing Space in Your Suitcase! [Video]

If overflowing luggage is one of your travel troubles, you’re not alone.

“Maybe if I just sit on the suitcase, it won’t be a problem.”

This was my packing method for many years. It wasn’t until I started traveling for business or international vacations that I figured out not only was the ‘squish-the-luggage-and-cross-my-fingers’ method not working, but also that it was very annoying!

Well, I finally found a packing tool that helped me maximize the space in my luggage. I even managed to pack for 8 days in Japan -in the winter!- with only carry-on luggage in tow. The tool I’m talking about is affordable and I’m guessing you already have several of them in your home.

Behold and make way for the magical, mystical, enchanting: hair tie! (Or rubber band.)

What? That’s it? That’s your secret tool, Brianna?

Hold on. Hear me out. Many people have heard of the ‘roll your clothing‘ trick for packing. Yes! Do it! I’m a big fan.

OK, after you roll your clothing, you can secure that roll with the elastic band so that the clothing stays compact and keeps its shape.

Benefits include:

  • zen at airport security – some gate checks require you to take everything out of your bag and then you’re left trying to fit items back in, which can be difficult and frustrating. It may even make you want to punch someone in the face. Do not get charged with aggravated assault, get sent to jail and miss your flight. Roll and secure those little packets of clothing goodness and you’ll find that putting things back in order is not a problem!
  • real estate’ assurance – as you’re Tetris-shifting items around your luggage, you know how much ‘real estate’ (space) the item needs within the confines of your luggage. Imagine you’ve rolled and packed a semi-puffy jacket. There’s a good chance it could unroll on its own due to the slick material. With the elastic, it stays compact and easy to move about, if you need to.
  • outfits made easy – depending on the clothing materials, you could roll outfits together such as a top with a skirt. If you’re type-A, you could even add a label to those rolls with the day of the week that you want to wear the outfit. Ta-da! No guesswork as to what you’ll be wearing on Saturday. I find the outfit-bundling to be particularly helpful if you’re packing a deeper bag (e.g., duffel) where it’s harder to see what you have in the abyss.

To see the hair tie and outfit labeling tips in action, watch the related video blog:

I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.

Wishing you happy, safe and organized travels!