Organizing Holiday Decorations & Ornery Mules

Organizing Holiday Decorations & Ornery Mules

Love it or hate it…the holidays are almost here. And so are all the holiday decorations.

The explosion of social media has upped the ante on holiday decor. But today I chat with professional organizer Lisa Trigsted about tips for creating a beautifully decorated home for the holidays without blowing your budget. And, most importantly, how to store those lovely decorations after you have taken them down.

Lisa grew up the oldest of 7 children in Idaho. She and her husband moved to Texas in 1995, where Lisa taught in schools until starting her own organizing business, Neat Freak McKinney in 2017. She and her husband have 5 children and 8 grandchildren and live in McKinney, TX.


  • Remember what you see on Instagram and Pinterest may be staged for a picture and not truly livable.
  • Decorate to your level of comfort and focus on creating memories with the people and not the amount of décor.
  • Think about what makes you happy or your family happy. Not what compares to a friend’s home or an Instagram feed. Don’t overdo it to compete.
  • Less is more…make it special not overwhelming.


  • Instead of spending money on placemats or table runners, check for fabric in the sale bins at your local fabric store. Use stitch witch to iron the edges
  • Use seasonal produce to decorate. Functional and delicious!
  • Trim branches from your yard and put into tall vase.
  • Use Pinterest to find interesting ideas for inexpensive vases or wine glasses.
Burlap Wrapped Boxwood by NeatFreak McKinney
Lisa wrapped her boxwood’s with a simple piece of burlap to give a cozy, holiday look.


  • Lisa recommends keeping all the items that are similar together. Lights with lights. Santas with santas. Candles with candles. You get the idea.
  • When you go to take decorations down, bring all the decorations to one place and sort by type.
  • Another option is to put all the items that from the same place in the same bin. My thought is if I am short on time or just not feeling it, I can at least get one or two bins out to add a bit of holiday flare.
  • I also keep one of my trees decorated. Yep! I don’t take the decorations off. I just put a trash bag over it and carefully move it back to the storage.

Lisa also shares with us one of her favorite cocktail recipes, the ornery mule. You are going to love this spicy twist on the popular Moscow Mule cocktails…and another excuse to use your copper cups.

Ornery MulesOrnery Mule

Serves 1

• 2 oz. of Spicy Vodka*
• Juice from ½ lime
• Bottle of ginger beer
• Ice
• Garnish: Slice of candied ginger and fresh jalapeño ring

*Make spicy vodka by soaking fresh sliced jalapenos in vodka overnight.

Fill your copper mug with plenty of ice. Squeeze in the juice from ½ a lime (full lime if you like it tangy). Add spicy vodka & ginger beer. Stir and add candied ginger and fresh jalapeno ring as garnish. Cheers!

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