Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Organizational Week Day 2: Gift Wrapping Station

I don't have a big fancy space where I can do all of my gift wrapping, but I do have an extra closet and I've squeezed every inch out of it.  Here is my gift wrapping station:

On top I've got one box with gift bags and another box filled with wrapped hostess gifts that I can quickly grab before running out to a party.  Each hostess gift has a little sticky note attached if I don't think I'll remember what's in the package.  I buy the gifts ahead of time when they are on sale, so it saves money and time!  Love that!
The top drawer has tape, scissors, a sharpie and gift tags.  All of the things you don't want to run around the house to find when you're wrapping.  The second drawer houses all of my bows and ribbons.  

My family thinks I'm hilarious at Christmas and birthday parties because I save all of the tissue paper, refold it and put it in the bottom drawer of my gift wrapping station.  Sure, it is a little crazy, but I pride myself in the fact that I have never bought tissue paper!
Finally, I put all of my wrapping paper in a tall, clean trash can that won't tip over.  I highly recommend a place like this in a spare closet.  As with any organizational project, having "a place for everything and everything in it's place" really does save time and money!  

10 comments:

kvtravis said...

i want this in my life! my wrapping supplies are strewn around the basement. :)

LovingPrettyThings said...

SUCH a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing! (i have a 'thing' for gift-wrap ... especially wrapping paper!) Ikea has some great styles, FYI!

Cookbook Addict said...

awesome! I definitely need to utilize this concept (now if I could only find a spare closet...) :)

Katie said...

This is a great idea. My wrapping stuff is just all over the place! This is definitely better!

Twiddle Thumbs admin said...

Wow! Look at that!
I love the drawers.

Q&K said...

Sarah- I am laughing reading this post. We really have so much in common. I just organized an area in a closet that is for wrapping too. I had a huge pile from all the tissue paper I save. I neatly had folded them all in color category :-) Gift bags was a big issue for me to store- I made a bag of baby bags, a bag of wedding bags & a bag of misc. So many I've accumulated all these years! -Kristin Kocher

All-American Preppy said...

What a great idea! I would love to know what some of the hostess gifts you keep on hand are.

Sarah said...

All-American Preppy, great question. I usually keep a good supply of pretty dishtowels so that I can whip up a loaf of bread and wrap it in a towel with a bow. I also like to keep speciality lotions, candles and stationery on hand. I buy these when they are on sale and hang on to them.

PixiesDidIt! said...

This is the easiest solution for people who are practical, detailed oriented thinkers and need a structured environment. This would be perfect for all the SJ's (Myers Briggs Language) out there. While there are prettier solutions out there, they will take a long time to create and since an SJ will need to have it hidden somewhere no matter how good it looks, that would be a waste of time. This is cheap, easy, and perfect.

Michele said...

Love this idea! Wish I'd seen it about ten years ago! I have it like this now, but only because I finally have a dedicated craft studio! I used to be the tissue paper and box hoarder in my family too, but I IRONED it! hahaha! About a year ago i found a package of tissue paper (all colors/patterns/seasons) for $5 that had about 2000 sheets in it. When I got to the register they rang up $1.50, so I went back and grabbed the last 2 they had. So now I have about 6,000 sheets and I will never save a piece again! Someone else can have it!