After the holiday festivities are over, you’ll need a plan to safely store your Christmas tree ornaments. Christmas tree ornaments are at risk of becoming broken, scratched or severely damaged if they’re not wrapped and stowed away in proper containers. From baubles to glass ornaments, here’s everything you need to know about safely storing Christmas tree ornaments:
Ways to Store Fabric Ornaments
Fabric ornaments are most at risk for becoming moldy or tearing when they’re stored with other items. I’ve found that some of the best ways to store fabric Christmas ornaments include:
– Spraying the ornaments with a freshening spray like Febreze and then stacking them in a dry shoe box
– Wrapping each ornament in a sheet of newspaper or wrapping paper before layering in a larger box
– Stacking the ornaments carefully in clear tote box or plastic, airtight container. Throw in a scented fabric freshener to keep your ornaments smelling fresh when you reopen the box next year.
Tips for Storing Glass Ornaments
Glass ornaments are among the most difficult types of Christmas ornaments to store without breakage. Some of the ways I store glass Christmas tree ornaments each year include:
– Storing the ornaments in their original ornament box with Styrofoam
– Wrapping the ornaments individually in unused stockings or cloth bags
– Wrapping each ornament individually in two to three sheets of newspaper before layering in a shoe box
Ways to Store Baubles
Baubles are also challenging to store without breakage, and if you made the mistake of throwing away the original baubles box, you’ll need another plan of action. Some of the best ways to store baubles include:
– Purchase plastic ornament boxes that accommodate for baubles. I usually find these at deep discounts at the end of January each year at most big box retailers, so if you can wait that long to take down your tree, invest in a few of these.
– Fill a box with shredded newspaper and layer baubles into the box. I use either newspaper or shredded wrapping paper leftovers to do this.
Tips for Storing Wooden Ornaments
Wooden Christmas tree ornaments are at risk for becoming damp, getting dented or scratched, and at risk for losing their sheen. Some tips for storing wooden Christmas tree ornaments include:
– Wrap the wooden ornaments in leftover wrapping paper or newspaper to protect the surface
– Spray with a wood polish before wrapping snugly in a dry washcloth or other soft material
– Pack the ornaments in their original boxes if you have them and stack carefully in a larger box
– Stack layers of wood ornaments with sheets of flannel or stow them in decorative stockings
Storing your Christmas tree ornaments carefully may require purchasing a few extra supplies at the end of the season, but your investment will be worth it. Use some of these strategies to pack and store your favorite ornaments so you can enjoy your decorations for years to come.