As the holidays draw near there, is nothing better than a having a dedicated place to wrap gifts and find your gift wrap.
This client had just moved into a new house, and when we unpacked her gifts and gift wrap, I wanted to put it in one area for her so she could easily access it throughout the year.
We found a place in the garage that had open cabinets and a shelf below. We consolidated all of her gift wrap, bows, ribbon, greeting cards and gifts and placed them into tubs and containers in the cabinets above, making sure to include tape and scissors.
We had a separate container for gifts bought for specific people, a container for gifts for kids, and another container for hostess gifts. We placed a large board on the shelf below to create a surface for wrapping gifts.
She now has a one stop shop in her garage for gifts. Any time she needs a gift she can just open the cabinet, find the right gift and wrap them right there. She knows right where everything is and it’s very easy. A benefit to having the gift station in the garage is that she can grab a gift on her way out the door and get it in the car before she’s had a chance to put it down and forget it.
There’s no better thing to do for yourself than to set up a gift closet or gift cabinet, especially this time of year. Have fun and create one for yourself. It’s a really great way to stay organized and avoid stress during the holidays.
Before / After Case Study:
Decorations for Christmas were stored in mismatched boxes and many loose bags. The attic was pretty large but was being overwhelmed by simply too many loose items. It also took many trips up and down the ladder to move Christmas into the home for display.
We opened up every box and repackaged all loose ornaments into clear bins with red/green lids Eliminating each individual ornament box saved a massive amount of storage space. We threw away three large green trash bags filled with individual boxes. This will save my client hours when she puts away the ornaments for years to come. She will no longer have to repackage individual ornaments and can simply mix them into the peanuts for safekeeping until next year.
Following this strategy, we also combined like with like, stockings with stockings, and other loose items together into bins. We purged items that hadn’t been on display for years or those that were simply no longer needed.
We also made a plastic bin for each child’s special ornaments. This way, they can decorate the tree with their own ornaments each year and when they move away, their ornaments are separated and ready to go.
What Our Clients Say:
“My decorations now take up as less space than they have in years. I am really excited about setting things up this year now that I know what I have. I like having everything setting out and ready to go. I am happy to take my stocking hangars out of their individual boxes for the last time this year and am looking forward to putting them instead into a plastic bin. I can’t believe that I didn’t think about getting rid of the manufacturers boxes for my decorations before now. This will save me hours repacking “
Thanks again, Katy Philyaw