Christmas ornament storage is often something that's overlooked. You might be storing your precious decorations in old shoe boxes with layers of tissue paper — nervously carrying them down the stairs and hoping they don't smash en route. Sound familiar? Well, now is the time to rethink your methodology.
We spend a fortune curating the perfect Christmas tree, picking out the perfect ornaments that describe us to a T or have special memories behind them. So it makes sense that they have a safe haven to live in while they hibernate throughout the non-festive seasons.
There are some super cute ornaments out there, and whether yours are old or new Christmas decorations that need putting to bed until Santa swings by again next year, you'll want to wrap them up tight.
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"Taking the decorations down is never anyone’s favorite part of Christmas," says Simon Glanville, managing director of A Place for Everything (opens in new tab). But it's important to consider how you will put them to bed until next year rolls around again so that you don't lose or damage any of your favorite decorations by mistake. "Doing it well and thinking ahead will make putting them up again next year so much easier," adds Glanville, noting even that keeping your festive decor tidy might even stop you from buying more when you don't need them.
The Home Edit always delivers on style and function when it comes to storage items. This clear box is super simple in design but is perfect in every way when it comes to organizing your favorite baubles.
Its cardboard dividers will help prevent shatters and cracks. You can also stack a few of these if you have a lot of ornaments and your space will still look neat. It's a thumbs up from us.
Have you got a huge tree with lots of baubles? Then this is the one for you. This large Christmas ornament storage box from Amazon holds up to 128 three-inch baubles. The canvas material is breathable but also waterproof, so it's ideal for storing in basements or cold lofts. These long handles are also ideal for moving from room to room.
Who said desk storage couldn't overlap with ornament storage? This three-drawer desk organizer is super cute and perfect if you are actually just storing a few cute ornaments that were on a mini Christmas tree or dotted along your window sill this year. Use the bigger compartment for ornaments and keep leftover ribbon, tags, and tape in the other sections.
This Christmas decoration storage box from Amazon holds enough baubles for a medium-sized tree. Real Homes magazine co-editor (and all-around Christmas fanatic) Amelia Smith has this very box and she loves it because it's super lightweight, noting how it's moved with her from rental to rental over the past few years. Each bauble gets its own compartment, so it's great for delicate picks that need more care.
The perfect gift for yourself, or for someone who's had their own Christmas tree for the first time this year, this Christmas decorations box from Etsy is a great way to store those extra special ornaments.
Each box comes personalized with the recipient's name and is sure to be something you or they will keep for years to come.
For the eco-conscious out there, choosing natural materials for your ornament storage boxes is a wise move. Seagrass not only looks neat but is also really strong. Invest in a set of three and if you have a spare basket left, it's calling out for cosmetics and anything else that can't easily fit into your closet!
What's an eco-friendly way to store Christmas ornaments?
One of the most eco-conscious and budget-friendly ways to store Christmas ornaments is to simply use what you have. Look to leftover boxes from gifts you ordered. You can even keep hold of egg cartons. These are perfect for smaller, fragile glass ornaments. If any are super delicate, grab cotton balls and bulk out each spot.
If you like Pringles (who doesn't?) hang onto those handy tubes, too. Give them a little rinse and you'll be able to stack ornaments in there with ease. Plus, Pringle tubes double as Christmas light storage (opens in new tab), just saying.
How do you store different size ornaments?
There are several different ways you can store bigger ornaments and large decorations, like mini wreaths and tree toppers. You can buy special storage bags for wreaths and garlands (opens in new tab)that'll keep them safe and dry though out the year.
Christmas stars, angels, and other toppers often come in cardboard boxes, so it's a good idea to keep these for storage. Try to store them somewhere you know will stay dry. For electrical ornaments, like light-up stars, it's also important to keep them away from potential leaks.
How do you store special ornaments?
If you've got extra special ornaments that you want to protect at all costs, you should wrap them up in bubble wrap, secure with tape, and put them in one of the more hardy ornament boxes you can find.
Store them in a place where they can't fall off and potentially smash, and keep them away from moisture or extreme temperatures as that could be detrimental.