Below I've gathered ideas for how to store and organize gift bags in your home.
If you're like me you get a lot of presents presented in gift bags, and I at least hate to get rid of them once I receive them.
Have you seen the prices of some of those bags? Outrageous.
I would much rather wait until a good occasion comes around where I need to give a gift and reuse a bag I've been saving then buy a new one then.
But, that can quickly lead to a lot of bags waiting to be used.
Honestly, you may want to seriously consider decluttering some of them. You can only use so many, after all.
But if you have room and a good organizational method saving some for future use is a good money saving idea, which also is better for the environment because you're reusing them.
The ideas that follow can be used to organize Christmas gift bags, or really for any holiday or special occasion.
Store Your Gift Bags In A Large Bag
One idea is to carefully fold all your bags so they lay flat and then use the largest bag you have and place the others inside, grouped according to size.
Then, it's like a "filing system" to go through when you need one.
If you don't want all the bags on the floor you could then hang the big bag, like a reader suggested. She said: "I fold all of my bags flat and them put them in my largest bag. Then I put the handles of the large bag over a clothes hanger and hang it in my craft closet. It works perfectly for me, they aren't on the floor and they are easy to remove from the hanger to go through when I need one."
Filing Bags In Large Plastic Container
Working on the theme of "filing" your bags when they lay flat a reader, Margie, suggested the following: "I store them in a large plastic container. I made dividers for birthday/wedding/baby etc."
I think this can be great if you've got lots of different categories of bags to find the one most appropriate for the situation as quickly as possible.
(You can also see a similar idea below where a reader with a smaller collection used an expandable file folder for a similar organizational method.)
Either of the methods listed above requires either shelf space, or other storage space for a container.
That may be hard to come by in your home. So another idea is to use a hanging gift bag organizer. Here's a review on this site of this product which you could hang on the back of a door or even inside a closet.
The picture above is used to illustrate how many bags the organizer holds, but obviously you wouldn't hang it in the middle of the doorway.
Instead, you'd hang it in a closet which could get it out of the way, but still handy for when you need to give a present and want to grab a bag.
One reader, Serena, used this solution, and provided the picture below. She explained: "I don't have a huge family to shop for, and we're all big on reducing our footprint (and cost) so I'll save some bags and put them in a bag hanger. Keeps them clean and sorted. And made wrapping a breeze. My old system of smaller bags in a bigger bag always ended up with all bags destroyed."
Melinda shared a picture of the way that she stores her gift bags.
She said: "Not the best pic, but I took an old bulletin board and added chicken wire in the front...now I just slide my bags in and can hang gift tags, etc. on the outside from the chicken wire!"
This is a great idea if you've got just a few bags, and they are all cute. It can really brighten up a room.
***Update: A reader asked how she was storing the curling ribbon in this picture, and she answered. This is what she said:
Thank you for show casing my wrapping / craft area! The curling ribbon is on a stand made for curling ribbon....I used to have a balloon shop and it is a left over....you could use a pegboard with longer pegs for your curling ribbon though!!
Further, if you've got ideas of your own, or better yet, pictures you'd like to share of how you organize these bags I'd love to see them. You can submit your idea here and I'll add it to the page.
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