Are your wrapping supplies organized or stuffed away in various closets and containers? I am going to share organizing ideas and tips on how you can get and keep your gift wrapping supplies in order so wrapping a gift is a snap. To make it easy, I am breaking it down into small, doable steps with my Stuff System(TM).
Sort: Gather all you wrapping supplies, including wrapping paper, gift bags, tags, tissue paper, ribbons, boxes, scissors, pens, and tape. Once you have everything in one spot, sort like items together; put all the gift bags together, all the gift tags, all the ribbons, etc.
Take Out: Get rid of the items that are in rough shape – those that you will just never use. Recycle wrinkled paper for packing material.
Utilize a Space: Where will you store all your wrapping supplies? It’s best to keep all the items together. Maybe you could use a section of a closet? Do you have existing shelving or do you need to add shelves? If you are fortunate to have the space, you might be able to have permanent wrapping station. Or, you maybe you could set up a temporary spot during the Holidays using a folding table.
Fill Containers: This is my favorite part. Now that you have gathered all or your supplies, sorted them, and determined where you will store them, you can now determine the appropriate containers and the sizes that you will need. Use what you have on hand. If you do need to purchase some, make a shopping list based on your items and the amounts. Remember to take measurements if necessary. Don’t forget to label your containers, too.
Here are some examples of what works for me:
1. I use an inexpensive plastic container and wooden dowel to keep my ribbon in check. Cut the dowel to fit in the container and then Insert it through the
rolls of ribbon. You could also use an old shoe box, decorated in pretty paper.
2. I store my gift bags and tissue paper in an open container. That way I can easily see what size I am looking for and grab it.
3. I keep my wrapping supplies, such as tape, scissors, pens, etc close by. I keep it all in a storage closet, along with a table that roles out easily when I need a work surface.
Follow Up: Maintain your containers and space by putting items back where they belong after using them. Everything thing will be ready for you the next time you need them. Stock up on items when they go on sale at the end of the season, but don’t go over board. If you are limited on space you will need to limit your supply.