My family has many, many treasured Christmas ornaments and decorations. We have ornaments that are older than I am and have been passed down through my family. Packing these decorations safely away each year after Christmas is important to me. You can spend hundreds of dollars purchasing ornament and decoration packing products. Or you do what I do and repurpose items to use for packing Christmas decorations and learn how to pack Christmas decorations for free.
As part of a military family, I’ve moved into over 25 homes. My treasured Christmas decorations have made almost all those moves with me. It’s critical to me to safely and securely pack my Christmas decorations away each year. I’m not willing to compromise on the quality of my packing materials. But even with my high standards, I’ve found free materials that work perfectly for packing holiday decorations. Not only do they work perfectly for packing, they’re also free and earth-friendly. It’s a win-win-win.
Pack Christmas Decorations for Free
These are free, repurposed decoration packing ideas that I’ve been using for years.
Repurpose Sturdy Boxes – When you purchase products, they come packaged to protect the contents. Repurpose those boxes that are otherwise destined for the recycle bin. Look for boxes that held fragile items like glassware and mail-order fruit. Those boxes are designed to be sturdy, protect contents and often have compartments that help further protect your decorations.
Repurpose Boxes of All Sizes – Look for sturdy boxes of all sizes. Smaller boxes can protect individual fragile items. Larger boxes can hold larger items or multiple smaller items. These boxes that once held bank checks are perfect for holding several particularly fragile ornaments.
Repurpose Padded Bags and Bubble Wrap- I save the padded bags that mail order prescriptions come in. They’re the perfect size to hold delicate Christmas decorations. Save and repurpose the bubble wrap used in shipped boxes.
Repurpose Tissue Paper – I save white tissue paper from gifts and tissue paper used to wrap clothing in some stores. That tissue paper can be used to protect Christmas decorations. Choose white or natural colored tissue paper to prevent the dye from colored tissue paper bleeding onto the decorations.
Repurpose Egg Containers – Styrofoam and cardboard egg containers are perfect for holding smaller decorations.
Repurpose Warehouse Store Produce Packaging – The molded packaging from warehouse stores that hold apples and other produce work well for protecting larger ornaments. I use tissue paper and bubble wrap to further protect smaller ornaments.
A quick trip through your pantry and closet will provide you with everything you need to safely pack away your Christmas decorations for free. How do you pack Christmas decorations to keep them safe?
As soon as you’re done with the Christmas decorations, pop over and join me for the first day of the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tasks and let’s start the new year with less clutter and less stress.
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