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Once upon a time, I threw my ornaments in random opaque boxes every January and stored them in my attic. I never thought of them again for eleven or so months, but those days are over. Sure, there are a few tossed in bins. But over the years, I have collected and curated precious ornaments that needed to be treated with care. It’s time to start storing my ornaments like a big girl.

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My storage bag took about two seconds to assemble. I love that it is two-tiered for 24 ornaments in each compartment. More bang for my storage buck. There is also a clear window on the top of the case so that when you store the bag, you can peek in to remember what is inside.

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The dividers are cardboard, and if you were storing long ornaments you could easily remove some of the dividers to tweak the design. I like that each cubby is large enough for big ornaments, or even in some cases, holding more than one ornament. Not every ornament in my collection is worthy of a treasure keeper, but for the ones that are, I am really digging this bag. All that is left to do is store. Be sure to read my article 5 Ways to Avoid Heat Damage to Your Holiday Decorations for those living in the South.

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As someone who decorates a tree for almost every season (Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the most important of all holidays – National Thrift Shop Day), I keep my plain solid-colored ornaments easily accessible. Most of these ornaments are foam or plastic so they can float safely in clear storage tubs.

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I keep these ornaments in my son’s closet so that they are easily accessible. I also like using shallow clear bins. This way, not too many get stacked on top of each other, but also I can easily grab whatever color box I need. Currently, I am decorating for Valentine’s Day so the pink/purple and red bin were easy to find.

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How does the saying go: A failure to plan is a plan to fail. Think about next Christmas now, or if you are like me, think about your next holiday now. For me, obviously Christmas ornaments can go into deep storageโ€”I won’t be needing them for almost a year. However, if you decorate for other holidays like I do, consider keeping your plain solid-colored ornaments out and easily accessible. Take it from me: makes decorating the 6 Valentine’s Day trees I have up so much easier.

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