Gift Wrap Galore

It's right about this time of year that many people start to wrap a large amount of gifts. Wrapping gifts seems like an easy enough task, but really there's a lot of things that can come along with it: paper, tissue, bags, bows, ribbons, scissors, tape, tags, pens. And, that's just the supplies that most of us use. I don't even know what else is involved in making gifts look like they were in a Martha Stewart catalog. A lot more, I'm guessing.

There are just as many options on how to store gift wrap. It depends on how much you have and what kind of space you're storing it in. Studio apartment or 5 bedroom mansion or anything in between? The storage space you have available will be much different. Here are my most preferred three ways to store gift wrap:

1) Upright: This comes in a variety of solutions, but usually the most doable for most people and spaces. This can be a container specifically made for storing wrapping paper tubes, tissues and bows. It can be a couple unused trash cans, tall and narrow enough to hold a variety of tubes. Or, it can be a handful of those large 5 gallon popcorn tubs that you emptied out after Thanksgiving this year. These narrow, taller options are great for wrapping paper to stand upright in, as well as stashing tissue and bows. For bags, I tend to line them up like papers in a file in another bin or box, or even all inside the largest bag.

2) Hanging: There are a variety of hanging bag solutions to store just about anything these days. Some are specifically made for gift wrap. I like the kind that has specific pockets for tubes, flat tissue, bags and tools like scissors. It makes it that much easier to figure out where to keep everything. For both good and bad, it also limits the amount you can keep at any given time. 

3) In a Flat Bin: These are great for under beds, stacked in closets or under stairs. Really, anywhere that's longer than it is tall. Flat under-bed style bins come in variety of lengths now, some with trays inside for bows and the like. I prefer the hard plastic, opposed to soft plastic bags for storage, simply because they're easier to slide and stack.

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