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Clutter Video Tip: Organizing Gift Wrap

Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! Our holly, jolly focus this week is creating and organizing your gift wrap station. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)

Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about gift wrap stations.  Now, first I want to dispel a big myth – that you have to have some kind of beautiful dedicated counter space with a spindle for your ribbons and all of that set aside year-round for your gift wrap station. You don’t have to have that. Most people can’t have that. They don’t have enough space. Almost everyone is going to be using a closet, under the bed, or their guest room for their gift wrap station. And that’s exactly what I’m doing right now. It’s the holiday season, I’m getting everything out. I’m putting it out on the bed in my own guest room and I’m going to show you how I set that up.

Let’s talk about rolls of gift wrap. First, you want to have fewer rolls to store in the first place by buying some solid colors and even craft paper, and decorating those with ribbons and accessories for the occasion rather than buying lots of different special occasion wraps like this baby gift wrap here. When you’re ready to store those rolls of wrap, there are a couple of different options. One is my favorite, the under-bed storage containers. That keeps these dust-free and really accessible and ready when you want to just pull them in and out from under the bed.  And then you can also get a special upright container that are just made for gift wrap, or even use a tall garbage can for a corner of a closet somewhere.

I really prefer gift bags, and I like to reuse them, which makes them a really eco-friendly option. The best way I found to sort and store these is by category. I have all the holiday bags and then the children’s bags and then the other or all-purpose bags together inside the largest bag of that category.

Now let’s talk about the tools and accessories you’ll need to wrap your gifts. Nothing fancy is required here. All I have are three bins – one for tissue paper, one for bows, and one for ribbons, and then I have a smaller bin for the little tools and supplies like gift tags, sticky notes, markers and, of course, scissors. I do believe it’s great to have a dedicated tape dispenser for your gift wrap area because it makes it possible to get a piece of tape using only one hand. And finally, I love my collapsible trash can, and I keep that up in my guest room all season long for the trash that results from wrapping all of these gifts.

If you would like some help this holiday season, especially getting ready for the New Year, we have a team of organizing experts available to help you personally in our membership program on-line. We can help anybody from anywhere in an affordable way. You can learn more at

And remember, especially this holiday season, it’s more important than ever to be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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