Organize Your Gift Wrapping Supplies

Wrapping your holiday gifts can be a pleasure or a chore, depending on how well organized your supplies are! Here are some simple ideas to help you keep your gift wrapping items in good shape year in and year out.

Sort your supplies and weed out what you no longer want

Lay out your gift wrapping supplies and sort them by type – paper, ribbons, bows, labels and tools. Keep the supplies that are still in great shape.

Frayed, wrinkled, or faded paper, pieces of wrapping that are too small, as well as crumpled bows and ribbon need to be removed. Add odds and ends to the kids’ craft bins, or recycle the paper items.

Buy new supplies accordingly

Keep your gift list in mind and don’t overbuy. Instead of buying tons of wrapping paper, purchase gift bags that loved ones can reuse. If you don’t already have gift wrapping tools like scissors and tape, purchase those and then store them with the wrapping supplies.

Think green when you unwrap your gifts

“Save the paper!” If your grandparents lived through the Depression, you probably heard this time and time again as you unwrapped your gifts. Reduce trash that winds up in landfills.

Carefully open your beautifully wrapped gifts and save the paper in a shipping tube or an expandable accordion file. And, of course, always save gift bags! These can be reused many, many times.

Keep it all organized in one place

Find a place in your home that will be dedicated to storing your newly organized items. Use clear, sturdy, plastic bins that will fit your sorted items: a smaller square or rectangular box for scissors, tape and other tools, and another for bows and ribbon; long or tall boxes for tubes of wrapping paper.

You might even look for storage solutions that are specially designed for gift wrapping stations.

Separate your seasonal supplies from your year-round supplies

Divide the holiday items from those you use during the year. You shouldn’t have to pick through the wrapping paper covered with snowflakes and evergreens to find something appropriate for a summer birthday, and vice versa. Your supplies will stay in better shape if they aren’t being handled all year long!