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Do you have several "stray" ornaments that you want to store safely but don't want to spend a lot of money on storage units? Use a box that you may have around that house that had drinking glasses in it. As you can see in the photo, they hold the ornaments nicely.
I bought a set of glasses several months before Christmas and kept it in case it could be reused. As I was putting ornaments away, I needed a box for something else when I remembered this one. I opened it up and low and behold! Ornament sections! The lower level of the box holds the taller ornaments (or double up the smaller ones) and the top shelf is great for the round smaller ones.
By Michele from Marysville, OH
I recycle everything I can. Tonight, I was thinking about my ornaments that I had unearthed after ten years and what I would put them away in. As I was washing out a veggie can, it hit me. I can keep them for the ornaments and they won't have to be wrapped and will be much safer.
Then, I got to thinking that this would work if someone is moving across town or across country. Small things like jewelry, office supplies, ornamental collections (my snails for instance), craft supplies that can't be bagged and tossed into a box, and much more.
To show how they can fit into a small box, I added a shot of four in a box. Because they are 3 inches wide, you can fit four perfectly in a 6 inch square box. Most boxes are even numbers of 3, so a box 12x12 inches that is also 12 inches tall could fit two layers of 16 cans.
Spaghetti sauce cans are bigger and could hold more, and the juice cans would be even bigger. If you know someone in the restaurant biz, you can even get the #10 cans for larger things, which can hold stacks of saucers with cardboard between them and nothing slides around.
The cans might rattle around some during shipping, but no one is going to be in the moving van to hear it. Besides, if you know your valuables are safe, a bit of rattling is worth it. I am excited to share this with you. I might be stationary for a bit, but everyone moves around so much these days, why not make it easier on you! Once you are home, you can either recycle them, cover them with fabric or contact paper to make shelving out of, plant seed starts in them, or give them to someone else who is moving.
By Sandi from Salem, OR
I collect a lot of tin cans with Christmas and winter scenes and sit them throughout the house. Well guess what? A light bulb came on and, this year, I stored ornaments in them and packed them in a tote labeled "tree". I store all my Christmas stuff in storage totes and label them: Village, Tree, Outside Decorations and Inside House Decorations. My Mom taught me this.
By Angie from WI
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I am getting ready to put up the Christmas wreaths, ornaments, etc. Does anyone have a good way to organize the stuff in the bins before they go up in the attic?
By Fun Nay Nay from Austin, TX
By Lelia Jo Cordell 01/04/2011
This is a tip I was planning to enter for contest, but I'll tell you first: save egg cartons for ornament storage. The breakable ones should be considered first for this type of storage, of course, with other ornaments and items that would fit in the egg-sized compartments next. The filled egg cartons should stack well in the storage bins, and should protect your treasures.
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By Laura from Chicago, Illinois
Can't afford those snazzy red and green boxes to pack your ornaments in? You have everything you need to pack them free. First, wrap them in used wrapping paper. Do not use newspaper, it can discolor some ornaments. Stop by the local liquor store and pick up wine boxes, the ones with the dividers for all the bottles. Store owners will let you have as many as you want free. You're able to slide the ornaments in the slots (They also work well for crystal, too.) Wrapped ornaments can be stacked on top of one another. Heaviest goes on the bottom, of course. Tiny or miniature ornaments can be stored in egg cartons. If you plan to store boxes in the attic, put in a moth ball and secure with tape. This keeps the varmints out. Label boxes with large print so you can see them far away. This will keep you from working too hard to find them next year.
By Carole from Clay City, IN
If you are near a liquor store, ask them for their boxes. They all have neat dividers in them that are perfect for storing breakables.
I use 3 huge Rubbermaid-type containers for all of my decorations and ornaments. They stack well, and can be shuffled to the back of the storage area during the off season. I hope when I put everything away this year I can take the time to organize things better: Christmas village, breakables, or other ornaments of a single theme all stored together. Oh, and put the Christmas cards where they are easy to get to early in the season so I can send them out earlier.