Organizing a Gift Wrap/Greeting Card Kit

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Image of phrase, Organizing a Gift Wrap/Greeting Card KitDo you always look around your home for last-minute gift wrap or cards for birthdays, weddings and other celebrations?

Maybe you rush out to buy some birthday gift wrap and tape, only to return home and find you’ve got five rolls of gift wrap and enough tape to last two holiday seasons…

In this post I offer you a few tips to help you set up a gift wrap/greeting card kit to help you keep things organized and at the ready for all of life’s special moments.

Identify a storage location.

Find a place in your home to keep your kit. Any room is fair game, from your kitchen, to home office to bedroom, as long as the kit will not be out in the open and in the way of your daily routine. You might decide to devote part of a cabinet in your kitchen, make use of some previously mounted shelves in a spare room or use the inside door and a shelf of a linen closet. While you’re at, see if you can dig up a medium to large-sized container to store items. Maybe you have a plastic bin you don’t use, a sturdy wooden box or chest, or a flat drawer that stores under the bed…you get the idea.

Take a trip around your home to collect items you already own.

Know where to find some birthday wrapping paper in your home, or perhaps a pretty wedding card you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Now’s the time to round things up. It’s okay if you don’t find everything in one trip; whenever you come across something in future, just remember to bring it to your kit area for permanent storage. You should also round-up some related office supply items to help make your kit that much more self-contained and easy to use. Chances are you probably have several of these items in duplicate scattered around the house. Collect what you need:

  • Scissors
  • Clear cellophane tape
  • Postage stamps
  • Address labels
  • Mailing labels
  • Twine
  • Pen
  • Black marker
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbons
  • Boxes and bags

If you’ve got a few extra bucks in your pocket and want to be a little bit more prepared in future, you could pick up one or two of the following to stock up your kit so you’ll always be ready:

  • Generic birthday cards
  • Generic wedding/anniversary cards
  • Sympathy cards
  • Get well soon cards
  • Congratulations cards
  • Thank you cards
  • Blank cards and envelopes
  • Heavy duty and high quality paper and envelopes for resumes and other special documents

Get creative with storage.

Storing wrapping paper that comes on rolls can be a bit of a challenge, but all you really have to do is get creative. You could use a bucket or narrow container to collect and store the rolls upright, making sure to secure the rolls up top with ribbon or twine, use wall or door mounted wire racks to keep the rolls intact and upright, use pegs to mount the rolls on a wall unit or cork board and so on. Smaller items like scissors, tape, glue, pens markers can be stored in a smaller cardboard shoe box or zippered plastic bags. When it comes to greeting cards, you could organize them upright in a box by occasion, lay them flat in a flexible filing or manila folder.

How about you? Do you keep a stash of cards or gifts at the ready? Or do you just pick up what you need when you need it? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.