Every first weekend in December my wonderful family and I spend the time decorating our house for Christmas. We put on some good music, light some sugar cookie scented candles and my son and daughter put on their Santa hats. Everyone is in the holiday spirit.
For many years we kept our holiday decorations in cardboard boxes in the attic. This was never a really good idea. Since the cardboard boxes with holiday decorations looked exactly like the cardboard boxes with old books which meant we had to open each box to find the ones with the decorations. Some of the time we even missed an entire box of ornaments.
A few years ago I became so tired of the cardboard boxes I decided to switch to Rubbermaid totes. I journeyed to Walmart and purchased half a dozen totes all in the same style, size and color. I had not purposely planned to purchase all the same style totes but doing so resulted in some great unintended consequences.
All of my Christmas totes are now brown with clear tops. Having all these totes in the same color allows me to very easily find them when searching the dark attic. Since they are all the same style and size they stack very well too. This makes storing them easy. The fact they are durable plastic instead of cardboard aids in protecting the decorations inside.
In addition to the plastic totes I do also have a couple holiday storage cubes to hold our ornaments. The cubes work well because they have dividers so each ornament has it’s own small compartment to keep it safe.
So, for all of you who are still storing your decorations in cardboard boxes. You may want to consider transferring your decorations into a plastic tote this year. I think you’ll be glad you did.