In addition, if these ideas and information gets you inspired to do this for yourself, you can check out my step by step instructions for how to organize wrapping paper and other gift wrapping supplies in your own home.
I keep all my gift bags with my cards and wrapping paper and tissue paper!
Thanks for sharing this photo Ashley! It looks great, and I like that you've kept everything together since this makes it really convenient.
The only thing I'd mention about this method is that you've got to consider how long your rolls of wrapping paper are. You obviously have short enough rolls that they fit within the drawers, but if you get the really long rolls you'll be frustrated when they don't fit.
To prevent this, at least somewhat, choose a wide organizer, such as the ones below. Even the wide ones won't accommodate all long rolls though.
Just something to consider when deciding for yourself what you want!
I Store Wrapping Paper Tubes Under The Bed In Long Plastic Boxes
We use an under-the-bed-box, a large plastic one that I believe we got at Walmart for around $10.
I actually have TWO, one for Christmas wrappings and the other for everything else.
It is long enough for wrapping paper tubes!
We cut the foot off of old socks and use the cuff to gently hold the paper to the tube without tape. This works for us!
I store them under the guest bedroom bed.
I also have a tickler file for cards and mailing supplies (including thank you notes, invites, etc). This I keep in by our office desk.
Hope these ideas help someone else!
Thanks for these ideas Patty! If you don't know what a tickler file is, make sure to check out my article at the link to find out. They are a wonderful and simple way to not forget to send a card to anyone, along with many other uses from bill paying, and even more!
Two years ago I started stocking plain colored wrapping paper so all I have to do is add a colored bow (pink, blue, black) and a themed tag and I'm all done.
It's much less to have to store.
That's a great suggestion Rebecca, and one I actually recommend myself.
Some people can't bear to do it, they like having variety and I completely understand that. But, having only one or two rolls of paper and a couple choices of ribbon and tag colors can make it so much easier if you're willing to go that route.
Good choices of colors would be something holiday neutral, such an elegant white or cream, black, or perhaps a blue. Of course if you've got a signature color that will work too.
People love a nicely wrapped gift, but honestly they like the present inside better so whatever color choice you make isn't that big of a deal in the long run. :)
Organize Wrapping Supplies: My Progress From The Challenge
I am fortunate to have a cupboard in my kitchen that I could give up for my wrapping supplies. I always do my cards and wrapping in the kitchen so this seemed a logical place for me to keep these items.
I was so focused on getting this job done that I neglected to take a before picture, but let me tell you that this cupboard had become the 'junk drawer' of my kitchen. It had old party napkins, cups, cards, paper, manuals, a graduation frame, candles, room fresheners and even an old laptop! What a mess.
I also had wrapping supplies/cards all over my house. In my office space, the linen closet and in boxes in my basement. I really didn't know what I had! I would usually end up buying new for each occasion because of that :( .
I now have plenty that will probably last me years! I am so relieved to have this job done. It feels good to know what I have at a glance and it's handy too! As I go through more challenges, I will probably find more items for this cupboard.
Thanks for the challenge! It was sooo needed :)
Great job Dawn! I love your after picture. It looks like a great little area to access, and should make wrapping presents both fun and easy.
I like how you made yourself a gift wrapping center in an area where you already do that task, so it made it really convenient for you.
In addition, gathering your supplies together from around the house will save you both time and money in the future, since you won't have to hunt for stuff and you don't have to buy more each time a present needs to be wrapped.
Are You Inspired Now To Get Organized?
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