The drawback to participating in Mission Organization is revealing just how much I need to get organized! This week I have tackled my wrapping paper, and it was a mess. I have just been stuffing it back and it had no organization at all.
This is where I have kept my wrapping paper in an extra bedroom. It looks like an innocent enough piece of furniture . . .
. . . until you open the doors! Scream! It's pretty obvious that I need an intervention.
When I need to wrap a gift or a package to mail, I first dig through this mess to find the paper I need, then I find the scissors and tape elsewhere in the house and take everything to the kitchen island because that is the only flat surface in the house that is big enough to accommodate wrapping. After giving the situation some thought, I decided that what I needed was a central place for all the supplies that would be handy to the kitchen island. One option was an organizer device that attaches to the inside of a closet door, but after thinking about it, I decided I didn't want to see the gift wrap every time I opened the closet.
I came up with this trunk that had some toys stored in it. I emptied it and moved it to the kitchen.
Then I started sorting and organizing the wrapping paper and supplies.
I started with the rolls of paper. I trimmed off the crumpled ends and used empty cardboard rolls that have been split down the side to hold them in place. I have tried rubber bands before to hold my paper rolls, but they always seem to tear the paper.
I got some plastic tubs and filled them with my wrapping supplies. This one holds different kinds of ribbon.
This one has some additional bow making supplies.
This little container holds gift tags.
The gift tag container fits into a larger container that holds scissors and tape.
I managed to find a supply of gift bags in the midst of the clutter.
The tissue paper got its own box. Now that the supplies are separated, organized, and boxed, I can stash them in the trunk. I have some bubble wrap on the right hand side, all the containers near the front, the rolls of wrapping behind that, and the gift bags behind the wrapping paper. The trunk is sitting in my kitchen underneath a window, so it will also be useful to set a plant on to get some sun.
The armoire in the bedroom is now empty, so hopefully I will find a better use for it than being a wrapping paper disaster station.