*Roll your lights You know those long cardboard tubes inside of your Christmas wrapping paper? You can use those for storing your miniature lights. Just cut a slit in the end of the tube to hook your plug in part and wrap the string of lights around the tube then put another slit in the other end. You can cut the tube to the size you need also for smaller strings. This way you can store it neatly and you can also plug it in before you begin to decorate next year and you'll be able to see what's burnt out. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *Clove oranges This is a personal favorite of mine. I make them every year. Easy to do as I'm sitting on the couch watching a movie. Take a whole orange, a poker of some kind (I use a toothpick), a bottle of whole cloves (they are expensive this year, not sure why, must be a spice shortage). I poke a pattern into the orange and then poke the whole cloves into it. When I'm done I wrap a red ribbon around it and it looks like this: **ribboned orange*** but I prefer it have lots more cloves on it like this picture *** lots of cloves*** I hang them at various spots in the house. They smell wonderful and last till late January. They dry up and harden and as they do so the mixture of the orange peel and wetted cloves gives off a really nice smell. I think I'll hang one up at work this year too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *Garbage disposal freshener Every once in awhile my garbage disposal starts to smell a bit funky. I throw two small lemons and a dozen ice cubes into it and then turn it on. It makes a lemon ice concoction that cleans and sharpens the blades and makes the disposal smell fresh once again. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *Apples as candle holders I thought this was a really pretty idea. It seems like such a waste of apples though. I love apple decor so I think I'll end up using this centerpiece in my own kitchen for a gathering. Use a muffin tin to stablize the apples and use a corer to get enough out of the center of the apple. You have free reign over what you decorate the bottom part with, pine boughs, holly, ornaments, crystals, etc. I can think of dozens of alterations for this one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I'm off to the store to get my ingrediants for the rum balls (honey mead balls and raspberry framboise balls) I have to find a couple bottles of cloves too.