Alicia is sharing tips for organizing your gift wrap:
The Holidays have arrived faster than we all expected and that means it’s time to dig out all the decorations and the holiday wrapping. Gift wrapping for the holidays can seem overwhelming. Whether you are wrapping for family members, local charities, or helping others wrap their gifts, rolls of wrapping paper, spools of ribbon, bows, and gift tags tend to make a big mess. During the Holidays, time is precious and spending time tracking down wrapping paper and other supplies is the last thing you want to do. Having your gift wrap organized, stored, and readily available will help save you time and energy. Here are some tips for getting your gift wrap organized and ready to go.
First, gather all of your gift-wrap related supplies. These may include:
- Wrapping Paper
- Gift Bags
- Tissue Paper
- Gift Tag
- Bubble Wrap
- Scissors (having dedicated wrapping scissors will help you avoid having to search the house for your scissors)
After gathering all of your supplies, take some time to go through them and purge any items that are damaged, out of style, or just not useful. Stocking up on wrapping paper during Christmas clearance is great, but only if you will actually use it. Check gift bags and boxes for any tears or crumpling and toss those that are damaged.
Wrapping paper is best stored in long flat storage boxes that can be stacked in your garage or storage area during the off season. Keeping them in the boxes will prevent them from getting dirty or crushed. Depending on how many rolls of wrapping paper you have, sorting the rolls by color will help keep you organized.
For bows, consider using stackable storage boxes in a medium size and sorting the bows by color. Again, the rigid containers will help bows from getting squished by larger items. You can then stack all the colors of bows together and the box is portable. The small stackable storage boxes are perfect for storing gift tags, scissors, pens, tape, tissue paper, and any packaging décor you may use. Again, the stacking capabilities make these portable and come in handy if you don’t have room to wrap gifts where you store your wrapping supplies.
To store ribbon there are several different options. One easy way is to look for storage baskets that have holes in the sides. Then just drop the spools of ribbon into the basket and thread the ribbon through one of the holes. You’ll have easy access to the ribbon and avoid the jumbled mess that inevitably comes with ribbons. You can also repurpose a paper towel holder for ribbon storage. Just thread the rod through the ribbon spools and set on your workspace. For gift bags you can store smaller gift bags inside of larger gift bags. When you are ready to put them back in to seasonal storage you can lay them flat on top of the wrapping paper rolls in the storage boxes.
There are also hanging gift wrap organizers that will keep all of your wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon and bows in one area. These are perfect if you have a small collection of wrapping supplies and can easily be hung in a closet or the back of a door for easy access. For long term seasonal storage the Master Craft Gift Wrap Storage Bag is perfect for putting away your wrapping supplies when not in season. You could use this as your main gift wrap storage if you wanted to, however you have to open the whole thing in order to grab what you want. Breaking up the items into individual storage for the season helps make things easy to access and to move where you need them.
While having a dedicated wrapping station can be helpful, the suggestions here allow you to keep your wrapping supplies organized and portable. This is especially helpful if you don’t have room for a dedicated area in your home for wrapping or crafting. Organizing your wrapping supplies will help keep your holidays stress free and mess free so you can enjoy the real meaning of the holidays.
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Alicia can be found on her blog Moms Don't Say That where she share recipes, tips, and musings from her life.