Christmas ornaments are beautiful and filled with sentimental value. They are also often very fragile. Here are a few helpful tips to help you keep, preserve and store your beloved ornaments:
- Keep the original packaging. The box that your ornament came in is often the best package to store it in. If you lost the original box, consider using gift boxes and shoeboxes filled with tissue paper or paper towel.
- Use your wine boxes. If you buy a pack of wine, keep the box. It is sturdy and already has dividers inside.
- Use what you have. There is no need to buy expensive storage supplies. You can use empty egg cartons for delicate small ornaments. You can even make your own plastic air cushions by filing up a zip lock sandwich bag with air.
- Purchase divided-tray containers. Dividers can help you store multiple ornaments in the same box. Make sure you use felt, paper or tissue within each compartment.
- Use extra caution with old items. Antique and precious ornaments deserve special attention. For these, you may want to buy archival storage boxes that have acid-free dividers and UV protection.
- Plastic is not always the answer. Large plastic bins are sturdy, but they also trap in moisture. That is why these bins are not ideal for antique and vintage ornaments.
- Organize before you store it. If you have a set of decorations that are displayed together, store them together as well. For example, keeping all of your mantle decorations in the same box will make set up even easier next year.
- Think about where you store your items. It is not ideal to keep ornaments in an attic or basement that may be humid. These spaces also may undergo severe changes in temperature that can damage your decorations.
If you don’t have a closet on your main floor available for your ornaments, you may want to consider a temperature-controlled storage unit. There are affordable units available that will help you remove clutter from your home while preserving your ornaments in a temperature-controlled environment.