Organized and Productive Living

31 Days of Organized Living: Create a Portable Gift Wrapping Station

Create a Portable Wrapping Station

Chances are you don’t have an area of your house that you can devote to one of those “Pinterest perfect” gift wrapping stations. You know the ones I’m talking about; it usually contains rolls of  wrapping paper and spools of ribbon hung above a table full of wrapping supplies and gift bags. That’s okay, neither do I.

The first thing you want to do is pick a place to store your supplies.  Use any spare closet you have in your house. Be creative. I use a tiny little landing inside the doorway to some non-usable stairs into our basement, because my house is from the 1800s before closets were a thing. I took a staple gun and hung some heavy plastic at the head of the stairs to try and keep the dust down where it belongs, and turned it into a gift closet. In front of the plastic, I stacked two large plastic drawer units on top of each other (you know the ones- they sell them at every big box store, leave the wheels off). In those drawers I keep gifts that I find throughout the year, because you never know when you are going to find the perfect birthday/holiday/whatever gift on sale. When Christmas roll around, I store wrapped gifts on the floor in front of the drawers.

Next to the drawers I keep one of those plastic wrapping paper storage bins that Rubbermaid makes. It will store every size of wrapping paper they sell except those really large rolls of clear plastic. It was well worth the money. I have had mine for as long as they have been for sale and I can’t say enough good things about it. On top of that I store a large gift bag with assorted non-holiday gift bags tucked inside it.

On the top of the drawers I keep a small tote with my holiday gift wrapping supplies. In that tote are holiday gift bags, tissue paper in assorted colors, shirt boxes, a bag of bows, and a large pouch. In the pouch I store a pair of scissors, gift tags, tape, one of those tools that is supposed to make cutting wrapping paper easier (it doesn’t), a ribbon curling gadget, and some ribbon.

The great thing about a portable gift wrapping station is you can take it to wherever you need to go to wrap your gifts: your kitchen table, the dining room, your bedroom, the living room floor, the laundry room. When you are finished with your wrapping session, you just pack it up and put it away until the next time.

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