Un-deck the Halls! Day 2: The Ornaments

Day 2: Why are ornaments so ornery?

Okay, so you can scour the web for solutions to wrap and store ornaments…and you will find everything from wrapping them in bubble wrap…to using discarded giftwrap paper…to gluing cups to cardboard and nestling them each in their own little ornament manger…but why don’t people just keep it simple? Organizational pundits around the nation miss hours of sleep at night  to create things like this:

ornament storage

A non-staining plastic interior with customizable dividers. A bright, easily identifiable  exterior. Easy-close, zip-top design.  What more do you need? I mean seriously, lets consider the options:

(1) Newspaper absorbs moisture, odor, and can transfer ink. Wrapping paper is in the same category. Therefore these are not a great choice for wrapping your ornaments.

(2) Bubble wrap. Just because you’re not going to be sustainable and re-use newspaper and giftwrap doesn’t mean you need to use 70 yards of inflated plastic to intricately wrap your ornaments. But — I will say that for awkwardly shaped or extra-special ornaments, bubble wrap comes in handy. You can even pack them in their own little shoe box to keep them protected.

(3) Martha Stewart DIY ornament cups. I think that she MUST have created this craft before she launched her product line. Surely she wouldn’t have spent her time doing this when she could have sold you the beautiful khaki-colored canvas box with black corduroy piping, garment zipper, and translucent divider sections. Right?

So, maybe this isn’t what you expected — but don’t worry there will be plenty of time for DIY projects later!

Is there a method that I left out? What’s your secret to wrapping and storing ornaments?

See you soon,

Un-deck the Halls! Day 1: The Vessel

Day 1: Where are you going to put it all?

Well, to begin we will need a vessel. Indeed — a big one! We’re talking boxes and bins here, people! I recommend rigid, uniform, stackable storage, like this one:

clear bins

I like the idea of transparent ones so that if I’m searching for something in particular I don’t have to open 4 boxes to find it…but some like the idea of not being able to see all the craziness inside. I can see the merit in both. Either way, once you have your bins you can start to plan the contents. Baby steps, though. Baby steps!

Now that we are on the subject… Do you have a place to put your bins? If you’re like me then you have a garage, but it’s full of all kinds of stuff! I could put this bin in the garage and I may never see it again…. But I don’t have room inside the house for bins. It could be time to take a second look at that attic space or crawl space. A well-prepared tote can surely brave the elements and last the eleven long months, ready to give to the next year’s splendor.

Well, I won’t keep you too long. You do have to go get your bins. What’s that? You already have them? Well, go sip some eggnog and wait for the rest of us to catch up! And while you sip, think about this and let me know:

What is your biggest concern with packing and storing seasonal decorations?

See you soon,