If you take the time to properly organize and store your leftover Christmas gift wrap now, you’ll save yourself time and money come next December! I have a bin that houses all the rolls of paper, gift bags, tissue, ribbon and name tags – it lives under my guest room bed out of the way until I need it each Christmas. I’ll share a few of my best tips with you today!
1. De-clutter this year’s stash of gift wrap and accessories. Throw away things like:
- wrinkled tissue
- torn or unwanted gift bags
- wrapping paper you’re tired of using
You could also donate some of those things, if they’re in good condition.
2. Sort similar items and group them in some kind of container.
I keep gift tags in a little Christmas tin (both for storage and easy access when wrapping gifts). Extra ribbon from packages I received never goes in the trash if it can be re-used. Wired ribbon rolls up nicely, and you can secure plain ribbon in little rolls with a paper clip. This year I also corralled all the extra ribbon in a freezer bag (thanks to Erica’s tip!).
3. Store all your gift wrapping supplies in one container (if possible).
I use a 41 quart rectangular tote – it is long enough to hold my wrapping paper rolls and keeps them from getting wrinkled or torn! If you have a lot of gift wrap, you could store it in a laundry basket tucked away in a closet. I layer everything else on top of the rolls so I can see what I have as soon as I open the lid!
Do you have a system for organizing and storing your gift wrap? If you don’t, I hope I’ve inspired you to try something similar. See you next year, festive paper and ribbons!