In addition to everything else retailers tell us we must have this time of year, add storage containers to the list. Not just any container will do for ornament storage, it now has to be in Christmas colors and odd shapes that do not stack easily.
If you read about my family Christmas tree, then you know I have a lot of handmade ornaments. Several years ago I decided to divide and pack these ornaments according to the child who made them. In fact, I even have a box for my husband and I containing ornaments recalling milestones in our marriage, such as our first home. It also makes it easy at tree decorating time as it short circuits the THAT’S my ornament arguments.
How do I know who made what ornament? I write the name and year with a Sharpie on the back of all ornaments. All of these boxes have the child’s name too.
Now where did I find these special containers? In our closets. That’s right I raided everyone’s closet and took all the shoe boxes I could find. Shoe boxes are sturdy, stack great in a larger container, and best of all…they are free. While certainly not fancy, nor color-coordinated, they do the job I need them to do. And that’s really what’s important when it comes to organization.