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gift wrap organization

It’s been a little hectic around here lately.  With last weekend being my daughter’s performance weekend, I didn’t have a lot of time to write and photograph for blog posts.  Saturdays and Sundays are the days when I get most of my blogging work done, and it just wasn’t happening.  I also want to thank you to everyone who reached out with the kind comments and notes in support of her.  It was an amazing few days!

I did squeeze in a little time to finally organize my gift wrap and ribbon.  Although I am saving my garage for a summer project, I really wanted to get my wrapping paper in check because it’s too pretty not to display.  You see, I have a little problem with paper and ribbon.  I love them.  And I know I get this addiction from my mother, who has a self created “store” in her basement.  She has boxes of every shape and size, wrapping paper and bags for every season or occasion, gift tags and cards galore, and enough ribbon and bows to wrap for over 1,000 people.  If I’m ever in a pinch, I know I can call her and she will have the exact paper I am looking for.  Even better, she sometimes offers to wrap it!


So that being said, I have my own little stash of paper and ribbon that I wanted to organize.  To do this, I used The Container Store’s White Elfa Utility Gift Wrap Door and Wall Rack.  Right now, it is on sale and they are offering free shipping as well.

This is the photo from their website.  I love how everything looks organized and cohesive, yet visually appealing.


Assembling and installing was very easy.  No extra hardware was required besides using the Allen wrench needed to tighten one screw.  That’s it!  I have to say, the construction of the metal and all of the hooks and baskets included in the kit were well-made and sturdy.  Everything that you see pictured in my photos was included.  I ended up not using a few translucent boxes because I didn’t need them, but it’s nice to know I have them as extras.


I am a huge fan of colored paper in all patterns, especially if they can be mixed and matched.  Most of my wrapping paper comes from Home Goods.  Their rolls are under $3 each and the paper is thick and durable for wrapping.  There is nothing worse than cutting cheap paper and having it tear half way up the cut.  Every time I am there, it is hard to resist the many rolls they have.  I also made a place to store my rubber cement and mounting squares since I grab them all of the time.


My go-to gift bags are colors of brown, white or gold.  They are versatile and can be used for anyone – male or female, and for any occasion.  The bags can be switched out with different ribbons and tags, and I always have them on hand.


Bottom line, I love my new wrapping paper station.  It’s also safe to say, I don’t even mind having the closet door open for all to see as they arrive in my home!

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