Wednesday, November 3, 2010

gift wrap organization.

So, to be green and to save green, I am always saving gift bags, tissue and ribbons. The reuseable gift wrap in addition to rolls of paper, greeting cards and gift tags have, for years, just stored in a long tote. It seemed however to just get fuller and less organized as time went by. Recently when wanting to wrap a gift, I had to all but dump the entire box out to find the right sized bag, or right color tissue paper.

Then to make matters even less organized, came the bridal shower and wedding gifts. The influx of gift wrap made some changes to the organization nessesary.

This does not include any specifically Christmas wrapping stuff, it has its own box in the attic it only comes down when the Christmas decor does, I can wait to wrap gifts for now.

~~~~First, the before:

~~~~~2nd: take everything out of the tote and sort it:
I decided that the best place for all the gift wrap(for now) is back in this box. It is as large of real estate as I wanted to allow the gift wrap to take up, its perfect lenth for wrapping paper rolls, and most everything fit inside before it was organized.

~~~3rd: put it back, but organized this time,

From my previous efforts to organize this box, I know that the rolls of paper should go along one side, stacked up (rather than along the bottom, where they'd get buried, or the top where theyd be in the way).

I rubber banded the rolls, and tucked scraps of paper inside an empty tube (I opted to use the empty tube, rather than a full tube because it will remind me there is paper inside, rather than forget there is blue paper inside the flower paper roll. )

To keep the rolls from rolling across the bottom of the tote, I inserted a shoe box (that previously housed bows and ribbons) this kept them all stacked nice along one side. (this later was moved)

Let me share an easy tip for next time you open a roll of paper: Slide the paper out of its cellophane sleeve, cut a piece of the sleeve off, and then slide the band of cellophane back onto the roll when youre done wrapping.
No need to find a rubber band, no icky sticky tape to tear off next time, and its right there, and free. (You can even make a few extra bands, for previously opened paper you already have in your bin) And no unrolling!

Another gift wrap organization tip: Buy generic paper, its often cheaper, and you can use the same roll for multiple different occasions, for boys or girls birthdays, for anniversarys (really, how many anniversary gifts will you give this year?) baby showers etc. just dress it up with ribbons, bows, stickers etc. Ive been doing this long enough most people know which gift is from me, because of the solid colored paper. This prevents you from having a different roll (or 2) for every gift giving occasion to store. (Same idea goes with ribbons and bags, the receiver can reuse the bag for any occasion) Next, I started putting in the gift bags, somewhat organized by size. The larger ones had to be folded against their natural folds, to make them fit and not flop open, I used some tape.

all the bags go in the box:

But I'm not done, thats not all I took out of the messy box.

I found a bunch of small bags and boxes (you would think I get a lot of jewelry, nope) all the bags and boxes were nested inside another box I had been saving for gift wrapping.

Dont forget all that ribbon (a lot of leftovers from my Spring Wreath):

Gift tags always got lost amongst the bags and tissue, now theyre all together in a Ziplock:

Another thing that found a new home in Ziplocks, tissue paper:

Each color got its own bag, easy to find the right color for the gift! (mostly organized Roy G. Biv style, I love that guy)

~~~~Now, the moment we have all been waiting for (some longer than others):

You will notice I have a baggie for the tape, pen, and Paper Cutter having it all handy makes for easier wrapping, they all go back in the box when wrapping is done.
I highly reccommed the Scotch brand wrapping paper cutter. Its important to get the one designed for wrapping paper (rather than other crafts) because it has a little bump thing on the back for curling ribbon(others do not). The paper cutter makes easy work of cutting wrapping paper straight, and the tip is great for peeling up price tags. It takes less space than scissors, safer for kids to use, and, wont get stolen out of the gift wrap box to be used for other purposes. (most ribbon can also be cut with it). I used to have a small pair of kids scissor in the tote before i found the cutter.

I have a seperate one in my Christmas Wrapping paper box, so I dont forget it on one box or the other and have to go up in to the attic to get it for January birthday gifts.

Note: Now I had originally thought I would have to keep out the specifically "wedding" gift bags(I had soooo many), tissue and ribbon, but I ended up having plenty of space for those in this box, all the bags are together, same with the tissue and ribbon though, so that I can find them easily, and if need be, move them to a smaller, seperate bin later on.

Eventually, I would love to have a space like Jenny Free Style has, check her out! She shows how to make the organizer board on her post!

gorgeous and fuctional!

I'm linking to We're Organized Wednesdays at Organize and Decorate Everything

and Iheartorganzing Gift Wrap link list


  1. I am so incredibly impressed! I see so many great solutions here!

    Thanks a gazillion times over for sharing!


  2. This looks great. I always have to organize my wrapping stuff too. Thanks for sharing.


  3. So simple, yet perfect! It will help me actually not hate wrapping presents! Thank you! Organization rocks!! BTW, I found you through I heart organizing!

  4. looks great, just saw you featured on I heart organizing, congrats