Ornaments are a big part of the holidays. However, they are an organizational nightmare. They come in different materials, sizes and shapes, thus making them a challenge to store in a uniform manner.
Here are a few creative ways to store your ornaments from year to year so that they are usable for generations to come.
Of course there are traditional ornament storage box. These can be easily stacked and stored on a shelf. Make sure you choose one that will properly protect any paper ornaments you have. Ornaments made by kids often have non archival materials in them and can fade and crumble if not properly protected. I love this one by Richards’ Housewares, sold at Wayfair.com It’s heavy duty, but every ornament gets its own compartment so you know they stay safe throughout the year when you’re not using them.
If you have ornaments that need a little bit of protection, use plastic cups. These are inexpensive and readily available. Then, tuck the cups into a larger tote. You can even go so far as to tape or glue the cups to cardboard and then stack them in a tote. This is much less expensive than a specialized ornament holder.
Smaller ornaments can be tucked into egg cartons. Start saving them early in the season so you’re ready when it comes time to pack up your holiday decorations.
Drink holders (the type you get some fast food restaurants) made great ornament protection as well. Save them throughout the year as well. (But just keep as many as you need!)
If you buy fruit and it comes in plastic containers, these make great ornament storage. Even if your ornaments are a little smaller than the compartments, use a little tissue paper to fill up the excess. These often close so they are even more secure than other storage options.