Ornament Storage

Over the years I’ve seen lots of ornament storage options. There are many companies selling expensive storage boxes that include easy access drawers and dividers, stackable containers, etc. But ornament storage doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. All you need is some tissue, packing paper, a cardboard box and some closet space.

Keeping the bows nice is always the biggest challenge when storing ornaments. Even if you use a fancy box with dividers your probably still going to end up with squashed flat bows if you don’t do something to help them keep their shape. I use plain lotion-free sent-free tissues to stuff my bows to prevent them from going flat. I do this for storage as well as when I ship the ornaments I sell. Every Christmas when it’s time to decorate the tree I am always pleased to see that the bows look just as good as the day they were made.

stuff bows with tissue
stuff bows with tissue

Once I’ve stuffed all the bows I wrap them in paper and then stack them in a cardboard box. You can use proper packing paper if you want. Buy it anywhere that sells moving boxes and shipping supplies. Or, if you are cheap like me, you can use newspaper advertisements. I prefer the glossy ads as opposed to the newsprint because I feel like there is less change the ink with transfer from the paper onto the fabric of the ornament. Some of the ads here in Japan are only printed on one side. I collect these throughout the year and use them for packing paper. I wrap it so the blank side of the ad touching the ornament.

ornaments wrapped in paper and packed in a box
ornaments wrapped in paper and packed in a box

Then I store the box in a climate controlled space. Attics can get so hot and basements can be damp. Climate control is key to keeping that musty smell away. You know those little packs of silica that you find packed with new shoes? Put a few of those in your box to combat the humidity especially if you live in a wet climate.

silica gel packs
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