Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Organizing Holiday Gift Wrap

As part of my craft room reorganizationI decided to sort through all the gift wrap I had made a huge mess of at Christmas.  The first time I organized my craft room I moved all the gift wrap to the basement.  It really wasn't handy in the basement and moving it around wasn't easy. 


I've tried many different ways to store and organize gift wrap.  I saw pictures of this idea on Pintrest and it really is simple.  For $1.99 you can find these Variera containers in the kitchen department at Ikea.  I filled them as full as I could with rolls of gift wrap, separating by occasion.  Anything I couldn't fit in these three bins, I sent on to a new home.  I just didn't need to store more than this!  Also, it kept me from buying more after Christmas!


For $6 I was able to store all my rolls tucked safely behind the door.  They come with heavy duty foam tape to attach to the wall, but for now its sturdy enough to stand on its own and I like having the option of moving the bins around easily.

While I was at Ikea, I found these additional baskets.  I'm not sure what they're called, however, they were only $3.99 each!  I thought these would store my gift bags nicely (and perhaps bows/tissue paper as well). 


I sorted all the gift bags into two categories, Christmas and Everything Else.  Again, if I couldn't fit it into these two baskets, then I didn't need it.  Larger bags I folded over and they fit fine.  These baskets come with holes, so they can be attached to a wall with screws.  I decided to buy some large command hooks instead and attach them to the side of my cabinet.  I just didn't have any more space behind the door, but I can also move them easily like this. 


For ribbon I started out with grand ideas of using a dowel rod and a plastic bin to organize everything in neat little spools.  This worked great, but  I ultimately scrapped it because I couldn't fit all the ribbon into one bin.   



So what was my grand solution?  I threw everything into a box with a lid.  Same with the tissue paper.  Found some cute boxes at Ikea and problem solved. 

Once I was finished with all my craft room organization, I had all these odds and ends left over with no home (tape, kid scissors, pez dispensers, flash cards, etc.)  I couldn't decide what to do and ultimately decided on an over the door shoe organizer.  I never liked the idea until I gave it a try.  It houses everything I didn't know what to do with in a way that I don't have to look at!  Can't ask for more than that!



Soon I'll do a post on all the wonderful uses for over the door shoe hangers!

 

 

 

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