The holiday season brings joy and family togetherness, with ornaments filling homes with a dazzling display of lights and colors. However, once the festivities come to an end, the challenge arises of safely packing away these cherished decorations and family heirlooms to ensure they remain in pristine condition for the next year.
Packing Christmas ornaments requires careful consideration and a systematic approach to safeguard delicate and sentimental items. In this guide, Georgia Home Movers provide you with an effective step-by-step process to pack your Christmas ornaments every year with care and precision.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies: Before you start the packing process, gather all the necessary supplies. You'll need sturdy cardboard boxes, tissue paper, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and storage containers designed for ornaments. You may need tape, not for the boxes but to hold tissue paper or bubble wrap in place. Ensure that the boxes are clean and dry and in good shape to prevent any damage to the ornaments during storage.
Step 2: Sort and Categorize: Begin by sorting your ornaments into categories based on their size, material, and fragility. This step will help you determine the appropriate packing materials for each ornament and streamline the packing process. Group similar items together, such as glass ornaments, delicate figurines, and fabric-based decorations. You can also use sentimental value to help you figure out how to sort your items, putting all cherished ones together for easy access.
Step 3: Wrap Fragile Ornaments: For delicate or glass ornaments, wrapping is crucial to prevent breakage. Carefully wrap each fragile ornament in tissue paper or bubble wrap, securing it with tape. Ensure that the entire ornament is covered to provide maximum protection. If you're using tissue paper, consider placing additional layers between stacked ornaments to prevent scratches. If you need supplies, you can contact Georgia Home Movers, and we’ll be happy to drop off your boxes, bubble wrap, and more to make your ornament packing successful.
Step 4: Utilize Divided Containers: Invest in ornament storage containers with individual compartments. These containers are designed to keep each ornament separate, minimizing the risk of damage during storage. They may be very similar to the boxes you’d use to pack glassware in a move, so of course Georgia Home Movers has you covered if you need to find proper boxes or internal separators. If you don't have specialized containers, you can also use egg cartons or even tissue-filled plastic drinking cups (like red Solo cups) placed inside a larger box to create individual compartments for each ornament. You want to protect them from bumping into each other in any way at all.
Step 5: Layering Technique: When placing wrapped ornaments in boxes or storage containers, employ a layering technique. Start with a layer of packing peanuts, newspaper, or crumpled tissue paper at the bottom of the box to provide a cushioning base. Arrange the wrapped ornaments in a single layer, making sure they are snugly fit to prevent movement. Add another layer of packing material before placing the next set of ornaments.Repeat to fill the box or handle all ornaments – do not overpack!
Step 6: Labeling and Organizing: Maintain order by labeling each box or container with its contents. Use a marker to indicate the type of ornaments held in the box and whether they are fragile or otherwise specially valued. This step seems simple, but it will save you time when unpacking next year and help you locate specific ornaments without rummaging through multiple boxes.
Step 7: Properly Seal Boxes: Once your ornaments are securely packed, seal the boxes carefully, maybe even with durable packing tape. Ensure that the boxes are tightly sealed to prevent jostling as well as preventing dust, moisture, and pests from damaging the ornaments during storage. Store the boxes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. They will be waiting for you, perfectly stored when next year’s holiday season begins.
Packing your Christmas ornaments properly is a task that requires patience and attention to detail. By following this simple yet comprehensive guide, you can ensure that your cherished decorations remain in perfect condition year after year.
Taking the time to categorize, wrap, and organize your ornaments will not only protect them from damage but also make the unpacking process a breeze when the holiday season rolls around again. But as with any packing necessity, if you need supplies, help, or simply want an expert to handle everything for you, just give us a call at Georgia Home Movers. Tell us what you need, and we’ll get it done!