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How to Pack Holiday Ornaments


If you’re like most people, the end of the holiday season is a bit of a let-down. All the presents have been opened and all the excitement has ebbed. Now it’s time to clean up everything and put away the decorations that brought your family so much joy all month. Even if you’re keeping your tree and decorations up till New Year’s, you’ll still have to face taking everything down at some point.

Now’s a good time to start planning how you will best pack away the wreaths, ornaments and lights until next winter. This task carries even more significance if you are planning to move between this holiday and the next. You’ll want to pack your decorations in such a way that they are safe and secure. It will save you time, money and stress when the holidays come around next year in your new place.

Take it step by step:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Stock up on the necessary supplies. Keep all that wrapping paper from Christmas morning and use it as packing paper. You can ball it up or shred it as filler to protect fragile ornaments in boxes. Reuse gift boxes, cookie tins, and egg cartons to store smaller items.

You’ll need:

  • Packing paper
  • Cardboard boxes or plastic bins
  • Ziploc bags for ornament hooks
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape
  • Markers to label bags and boxes

Step 2: Sort Ornaments

Sorting your ornaments before packing them away will make it that much easier when you unpack them all next year. You can organize ornaments:

  • By type (lights, garland, outdoor)
  • By room (family room, bedroom, kitchen)
  • By display (Christmas tree, winter village, mantle display)

When you categorize your ornaments, you’ll know where to find specific items with minimal hassle next year.

Step 3: Be Careful with Fragile Items

Certain items, such as delicate Christmas tree ornaments, can be damaged much more readily than others. Wrap them in bubble wrap or tissue before placing them in boxes. Lights and garland can be tangled nightmares, so make sure you pack them in an organized fashion. Buy a ready-made storage solution or wrap them around an old coffee can or large piece of cardboard. Once you have done that, wrap the bundle in bubble wrap prior to storing.

Step 4: Secure Everything in Place

Place all wrapped and sorted items carefully in boxes or bins, filling any empty spaces with shredded paper or packing peanuts. Everything should be secure so no breakage will occur if the box gets jostled.

Step 5: Label Everything

Label the contents of each box so you can easily find specific ornaments later. In addition, label which boxes hold fragile items, especially if you will be moving homes. This will give an added layer of protection for breakables, ensuring your movers understand what needs special handling.

Whether it’s a tree ornament from a fun family vacation or a stuffed snowman you’ve had since you were a kid, holiday decorations often have sentimental value. They’re more than just seasonal décor; they’re memories of holidays past. When packing your ornaments properly, you will get peace of mind knowing that next holiday season, everything will be in good condition.

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