Christmas Ornament Storage: Clever Ways to Efficiently Organize and Store Christmas Decorations

 So, its that time again, isn’t it? Christmas ornament storage and organization, really? We have to store our Christmas stuff after all the efforts to decorate our homes the prettiest way possible. And now? Everything to boxes… Yup, feeling it too. I’m with ya.

The worse part? We bought lot’s of new stuff, handmade another bunch and now where are we going to store all that, am I right? Right there with ya too. I’m sharing my best tips and tricks to have an efficient Christmas ornament storage and organization.

How to Efficiently Organize and Store Christmas Decorations tips

Clever Ways to Efficiently Organise and Store Christmas Decorations {an easy way}

I’m telling you, this doesn’t have to be a pain and it doesn’t have to take a lot of your space either. I’ve been working on these tricks for a couple years now and I’ll share with you my Christmas Ornament Storage methods. These Clever Ways to Efficiently Organise and Store Christmas Decorations that will make your organization easier this year and then super easy to put up your Christmas next year {ehem this year LOL}.

First, let’s sit on the couch for a minute with a cup of coffee (or tea). Take a sip, relax and take a look at all your decorations.

Enjoy the moment for a few minutes…

Then come back to reality and while you are enjoying your coffee make a mental inventory of what you have to store and organize, especially the Christmas ornaments. Analyze a bit what you got new and how much space it would take and take notes if you think you might need extra container units. I was lucky I didn’t.

Finished your coffee?



Before starting dismantling your decorations, take a look at your storing boxes and let’s do some decluttering:

  • If you have decorations in not-so-good conditions, or that you haven’t used in quite a few years, think about donating them so you free up some space.
  • If you have broken or in really bad shape ornaments or decorations, then just throw them away.
  • Those with some sentimental meaning, try putting them in a more special place.

Now, If you think you still might need some extra containers, make your shopping list and include there small, medium and large bags. The kind of freezing bags or super awesome zip-lock bags? Those, yes LOL.

So, got everything?


Ok, Where to start?

Christmas Ornament Storage

First, go to your kitchen and collect as many large bowls or similar containers as you can, also shoe boxes or any kind of containers {not huge}.

If possible free up a large space in your living room or dining table.

Then start collecting your ornaments by kinds on those containers. We are going to do like an inventory before storing them.

For example, if you have Cristal ball ornaments, then put them all in one bowl/container and put them aside. Then if you have glittered stars, put them all in another bowl and so on.

If you have some random ornaments or just a few don’t use a bowl just put them together on the table.

When you are done with all the ornaments go for the decorations but forget about for now about the tree, spring garlands, and lights. Go for the decoration objects, like Santas, snowmen, Frames, candles, Christmas pillowcases, table runners, anything Christmas. Put them all on your table or where you are organizing everything.

When you get everything there then we go for the ribbons and lights.

And finally the tree and garlands.


Here are my Tips and Tricks for Clever Christmas Ornament Storage: Ways to Efficiently Organise and Store Christmas Decorations.

Before starting, I wanted to get something clear. Not every home or Christmas home has the same amount of decorations and ornaments. My tips are of course based on what I have and what I use but it doesn’t mean it has to be exactly as I say. You may need larger bags or boxes, even different materials (fabric instead of plastic), more boxes, more space, etc. What I share with you are strategies and ideas that might end up being cheap, easy and stress-free to accomplish. These tips work wonderfully for me each year so I hope it helps you too.

1. ALWAYS keep the original boxes of your Christmas ornaments or decorations. Of course, this applies if they are in good conditions. It might sound obvious but I’ve seen many people throwing away original packages and then have no place to store their ornaments.

But it’s a good practice because you can put them back in their original package and store them properly. If the package is no use, then we can find creative alternatives.

2. Once you have all your inventory ready, start by putting all the ornaments with original boxes in them and set them aside.

3. Handmade ornaments and ornaments without boxes put them in bags or containers (shoe box, plastic containers). This helps to protect them and protect other decorations from damaging each other. Also protects them from humidity. I don’t use boxes for everything because depending on the shapes I might be wasting space. In my case space is a huge issue so I need to use it wisely.

4. Those really delicate ornaments store them in boxes. Try your best to use the right size so you don’t waste space. For example, for my flocked pinecones I used a shoe box. Flocked pinecones or anything flocked can break easily and also spread glitter all over so a box comes perfect.

Also, ornaments that might deform like stuffed ones, you might want to store them in bags with air inside and also in boxes so they don’t get squished and look pretty next Christmas. If the box you find is bigger than necessary then put some other delicate ornaments in there too.

5. Remove the batteries from all battery-powered decorations. This is so IMPORTANT because Batteries can get sulfated and damage the decoration.

6. Be careful when handling candles or crystal/clay items,  you don’t want this to happen to you :(

7. Storing your string lights. Keep original boxes when possible.

Use a piece of cardboard (if you have boxes make sure the piece of cardboard is at least 1 inch smaller than the box).

Make 2 cuts on each end and fold back the middle piece like this:

Wrap your light string between cuts.

Put them in bags or in original box.

8.  Storing Ribbons and garlands. Fabric ribbons or banners are the easiest. Just wrap them around your fingers and then put them in zip-lock bags.

Garlands with strings you can put each element together and put them in a bag. It will all depend on the type of garland.

9. Christmas Ornament Storage. Time to get your big containers or boxes ready.

Try to start and finish with fabric or soft stuff like pillowcases, blankets, Christmas tree skirts.

Lay one on the bottom and start by putting things that need to be straight.

Play with your packs like its a puzzle. Put them together making them fit one next to the other.

Make your way up to the top. Make sure you don’t force anything. Just fit things as they are possible.

Finish with another soft layer.

Close the container and move on to the next! Tadaaaa!!!

Use some container for delicate stuff. If you have Spring garlands use them as protection putting them around the container. Then put the delicate things in the middle. Layer them with soft things and make your way to the to as well.

Use one container for your boxes. It’s easier to play like a puzzle with boxes so put there your string light boxes, decoration boxes, and everything in boxes there. Once you are done fill any empty space with other decorations that might fit.

Christmas Tree. Here too keep original box when possible.

Collect each row of the tree separately. Use a cord for each row and tie it slightly tight. If your tree doesn’t come with numbers or collar scheme to set row order then you might want to add a tag to state what row each one belongs to. Mine has colors so I don’t need to do anything extra.

Put them in the box playing like a puzzle too. Start with the largest branch bunches and fill spaces with smaller ones.

Quick Tip: If you have natural pinecones that you want to keep, put them in the Christmas tree box. At the bottom of the box or in between. This helps to keep them safe.

Once the box is filled, close and store it.

What other Tips I can use for an efficient Christmas Ornament Storage?

Well, that’s it. You got everything stored and organized now. Put them in your preferred storing place and let’s wait for next Christmas. At this point, I’m not sure if YAYYY or Cray LOL.

Hope these tips and tricks for Christmas Ornament Storage: Efficiently Organize and Store Christmas Decorations are helpful. Remember that each Christmas home is different and the number of containers may vary.

This post is only a reference, strategies and things I do to organize my stuff. You may need more or fewer boxes and bags or even different kind of boxes and bags.

Happy Storing!!!!

Do you have any other Tip or trick that might help even more? I would definitely want to know and I might try them next year. Leave them in comments.

If you found my Christmas Ornament Storage tips helpful, don’t forget to share with friends!

How to Efficiently Organize and Store Christmas Decorations

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Till Next time!

My name is Camila Rojas but everyone call me Cami. I'm a mommy, blogger, baker, do it yourselfer, crafter and graphic designer. Owner and founder of The Crafting Nook {formerly TitiCrafty} and TCN Design Studio: web design for bloggers. Join me on my crazy adventures!

2 Comments on " Christmas Ornament Storage: Clever Ways to Efficiently Organize and Store Christmas Decorations "

  1. Camila

    Guilty! My Christmas tree is still up in my apartment! There is one present still under it for a friend of mine I haven’t seen yet, so that’s my excuse.
    This will definitely come in handy when I finally decide to get with the program and take it down! I just love the little lights so much. I’m a sucker for the holidays. Some really great ideas in here — will be stacking my containers with the soft things to pad it!

  2. Camila

    Super útil y práctico

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