Gift wrap organization is often a challenge in many homes. I’ve seen wrap and bags ruined by being stored behind or under items in closets or cabinets, or damaged by temperature changes in basements or attics. Gift wrap doesn’t seem to have an obvious home, so here are some tips and storage ideas.
Store gift wrapping supplies near where you use them
If you wrap in a home office, the office closet may be the best location. If you wrap in the dining room, the dining buffet cabinet may be a good choice. Think about where and when you need to access these items.
Keep all gift supplies together
In addition to long rolls of wrap, gift supplies can include various sizes of gift bags, tissue paper, bows, ribbon, tape, scissors and greeting cards. Assign one place for all of these items.
Store in a climate controlled and clean area
Paper can easily disintegrate, wrinkle, or be ruined by dust, moisture, temperature changes or pests. To keep it all clean and usable, do not store these items in a non-climate controlled area such as a basement, garage, or attic.
Sort, purge & categorize your gifting supplies
Once you’ve gathered all supplies together, sort through them and recycle or donate anything that you don’t see yourself using. Next, categorize items by type, size, and possibly by holiday. Most people find it helpful to separate birthday wrap from Christmas wrap. Next, if you feel you need more supplies for upcoming events, buy them now, and add those to your gift wrap supplies collection.
Decide on the right storage product for your needs
The gift storage product you use will depend on how much you have and the location where you would like to store the supplies. Sometimes a clear plastic lidded bin, a basket or fabric bin on a shelf or in a cabinet, or a long underbed box is all that is needed. For larger collections, you may want a gift wrap cart, a back of the door wall rack, or a hanging gift wrap organizer. Smaller boxes like this card keeper can be used to store greeting cards. Ribbon can be stored in ribbon boxes or hung on a ribbon storage rack.
Once you have all of your gift wrapping supplies organized in one place, you will find it much less stressful to prepare for special events, holidays and birthdays, making the gift-giving experience even more enjoyable.
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