How To Declutter Gift Bags

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Today's mission is to declutter gift bags, including those for holidays such as Christmas, as well as seasonal and celebration themed bags, like those for birthdays and anniversaries.


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This mission is designed to be done while we work on the Holiday & Christmas Decoration Storage & Organization Challenge here on the site, which is one of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges.

However, it can be done at any time when you really feel you need to.

The reason I chose this time of year to suggest the mission is because close to the Christmas holiday many of us are preparing to give quite a few gifts, which is a great time to use up some of the excess gift bags we may be accumulating.

I completely understand why many of us have some excess gift bags laying around our homes. They're so easy to use for giving gifts, and they're VERY expensive, so when we get one it's admirable to want to save it for re-use in the future.

However, there can be too many gift bags, and when your accumulated pile becomes too much the bags become clutter instead of a useful small stash.

How to #declutter gift bags from your home, including those for holidays, seasonal, and those use for celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries {part of the #Declutter365 missions on Home Storage Solutions 101} #declutteringuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
Get rid of excess gift bags today, so that all the ones you have left fit into a smaller designated storage area of your choice.

(To get ideas for how much space you may need to designate for this purpose check out the tips for how to organize gift bags here!)

Ideally you'd trash or recycle any bags that are ripped or torn, and therefore not really ideal for re-gifting.

Then, you'd keep for yourself a smaller number of bags that spanned a range of sizes, from small to large, as well as were appropriate for a variety of seasons, holidays, or special occasions.

Finally, any excess that were still looking good could be donated for use somewhere else.

Some people even like to hold some of their light items that they've decided to get rid of in gift bags, and then donate the items inside as well as the gift bag to a second hand shop or charity!

I would suggest only keeping enough gift bags that you believe you'd use within the next year or so.

Remember, you'll restock your own collection each time you receive a gift bag from someone else, so there's no need to keep too many.

I've got some photos below from other readers who've already done this Declutter 365 mission so you can get yourself ready to tackle this task yourself!

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Photos From Reader Who Has Already Done This Mission

How to #declutter gift bags from your home for Christmas, other holidays, and parties and celebrations {one of the #Declutter365 missions on Home Storage Solutions 101} #Declutteringuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Seeing the results when others do this mission can help you get inspired to do it yourself, and I find these photos sent in by a reader, Jena, inspiring.

She sent in a series of photos above, which I've made into a collage, showing her results from the beginning to end of the decluttering process.

Jena said, "I totally needed to do this! Little bit of a hoarder about gift bags. Here are my before and after pictures. Embarrassed to say I started out with 125 gift bags and ended with about 40. All organized and then I hung the bags off the ground, hanging on 2 hangers."

Great job Jena! You really condensed the total number of bags you had, and got them a lot more organized at the same time!

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Decluttered gift bags, including ones to trash, donate and keep, from a reader Jana, who did the #Declutter365 mission {on Home Storage Solutions 101} #Declutter #Declutteringuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Here's another photo, sent in by a reader, Jana, who said, "I was inspired to start on Christmas/gift bags. I had no idea we had so many! We cut them down by half. Now I have room in my hallway closet again."

Good job Jana!

Once you've done this mission yourself, don't forget to check out the corresponding article with ideas for how to organize gift bags to properly store the fewer number of bags you've decided to keep for yourself.

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Are you ready to tackle this decluttering mission as well? I hope so!

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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I do this once a year
by: Lorie

I actually do this task every year after Christmas when I'm putting all the wrap back up. Makes it so much easier since I use the majority of the wrap products at that time of year.

dollar store bags make it less expensive
by: Cheryl

Buying these at outlet and dollar stores makes it less expensive so I don't save near as many as I used to. I have one bag that I store the other folded bags in and one also for paper wrap. Store it on top shelf of hall closet.

donate the bag and its contents
by: Jennifer

Items I wish to donate go into my extra gift bags. Then I just drop off the whole bag at the donation center.

how we get rid of extra bags
by: Becky

We used gift bags to hand out Girl Scout cookies.

donate them
by: Paula

I have friends that donate these to thrift stores that are non profit that help. Salvation Army sells a lot of these.

two bags of bags
by: Jennifer

I have two large gift bags full of bags. One for Christmas and one Birthdays. Whenever one of us gets a gift bag we put it into one of these 2 bags. I haven't had to buy a gift bag in 3 years.

declutter when my storage drawer gets too full
by: Connie

I keep gift bags folded and in a dresser drawer along with tissue wrap, ribbon, tape, scissors, a pen, gift tags, and greeting cards. The drawer holds quite a few flattened. When the drawer is too full I declutter. The bags get recycled through the family. I rarely need to buy one.

give some gifts to help get rid of bags
by: Mary

This one is sort of obvious, but if you have too many gift bags, you could consider giving some gifts. Just some good old, for no specific reason other than I care about you gifts. They don't have to be expensive gifts, but they sure can make someone else's day a lot brighter! Generally the recipient won't care about the design on the bag too much, and if you just drop it off at their house they can't offer to give the bag back!

use for old beat up bags
by: Rebecca

I stash old beat up ones by my recycle bin. If the bin gets full before trash day, I open a bag and fill it with the overflow. The handles make it easy to carry and keeps things tidy until tended to.

Reuse them
by: Anonymous

Use them, register, store things in them, or pass them to people who run charity events.

used in our garage sale
by: Anonymous

My daughter and I used them at our garage sale. Some people liked the idea of a bag for their goodies with handles on them and so cute also.

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