It’s a new year, and I think it’s time to talk about how to organize wrapping supplies. I have tried it all. I’ve done the under-the-bed Sterilite containers. I’ve done the stand-up Sterilite containers. I’ve done the random plastic totes in my closet. I’ve organized my gift bags laying down on top of each other, standing up side-by-side, by size, by
After 15 years of wrapping frustration, I am happy to report I have finally found a wrapping supplies organization system that WORKS! And that I LOVE!
I introduce the one and only ELFA Gift Wrap Cart by The Container Store.
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I love this system for so many reasons!
Wrapping Paper Rolls
Not only is this the most genius way I’ve seen to store rolls of wrapping paper, but the wrapping paper holder has 3 different sections to help keep things organized. This allows you to organize the rolls by size, occasion, color scheme, etc.
All sizes of wrapping paper rolls fit
Whether they are the short rolls from the Dollar Spot at Target, or the longest ones that are made for overly huge boxes, they all fit. There is no size limit because this system has an open-ended top. The rolls of wrapping paper can be as tall or short as you want, and they all have a place here.
Use ONE or BOTH sides for wrapping paper rolls
You can choose to attach the wrapping paper roll organizer on both sides of the drawers or just one side, depending on space available and the number of rolls you have. I love the versatility! I wish I had room for one on each side, but I actually keep mine in one of my kids’ closets, so I just got the wrapping paper roll attachments for one side. If I had it on both sides, it wouldn’t fit through the closet door.
Size and Functionality of Drawers
If you don’t like their standard one, you can build your own system; you can plan out how many drawers and what sizes you want, how tall it will be, etc. The pre-done system was a little smaller than I wanted mine to be, so I opted to design my own online. The process of designing my own was EASY PEASY. I was able to drag and drop the sizes of drawers and figure out exactly what I wanted.
I ended up going with 2 of the one-runner drawers (these are flatter, and don’t hold big things, but they are perfect for the little things like scissors, tape, pens, goodie bags, and flattened shirt boxes).
Then I did 4 of the two-runner drawers which are deeper and hold a lot more stuff. I love that these drawers fit the square containers from the Dollar Store in them too – I have a couple of those inside these drawers to help organize them further.
This comes in two different colors:
It comes in either:
- Wire Mesh
- Solid Plastic (Polypropylene – extremely sturdy)
I love the solid translucent drawers that I went with. I love that nothing can fall through, and I like the clean, smooth look.
I can’t tell you how awesome this feature is. I store this cart in the closet in the downstairs bedroom in our house. It stays there most of the time, even when I am using it for wrapping. But if I have a lot of wrapping to do, I love that I can wheel it out to the living room and wrap while I’m watching a movie. And I have EVERYTHING I NEED right there beside me. LOVE THIS!
How to Design Your Own
- Go to the Design Center on the Container Store’s website, found HERE.
- Click on DRAWER UNITS.
- Click on the red button that says, START NOW.
- Choose your color. (I chose white)
- Choose your style. (I chose solid/translucent)
- Choose your height. (I chose tall enough to accommodate the amounts and sizes of drawers I wanted, which was 41″)
- Choose your width. (
onlymedium is available with the options I had chosen up to this point)
- Choose your top – I would highly recommend a top; if not, your top drawer will be open to the world, and it would look really unfinished. (I chose white melamine)
- Choose your bottom. (I chose casters. If there is ONE thing you do, GET THE CASTERS! They are AWESOME!!!! They are the wheels that make this cart mobile)
- Choose your drawers -just drag and drop.
- I chose 2 of the one-runner drawers to go in the top two slots.
- Then I chose 4 of the two-runner drawers that are deeper, to fill up the rest of the slots
- After you’ve chosen your drawers, go to the right of the picture of your design, to where it says ELFA HANGMATES.
- You’ll want to add the Accessory Basket for the rolls of wrapping paper on the side. (Add 2 if you want to store wrapping paper rolls on both sides of the drawers. This is where I would have loved to have done both sides, but it makes it too wide to fit through a closet door).
- Add the item to your cart by clicking BUY NOW.
- YOU ARE NOT DONE!
- You need to add the Elfa Gift Wrap Organizer, which is not listed on that page.
- You will need one of these for each side you plan on storing wrapping paper rolls on.
- One more thing you may want to consider is an Elfa Ribbon Dispenser. I opted not to get this because I would have needed 10 of them to make a dent, and I think this would drive me crazy. But it could be functional – it just isn’t for me.
That’s it! The actual unit that you design automatically accounts for all the hardware you will need to put it together (don’t let that word scare you – I put this together by myself in under an hour. It is not hard)!
I couldn’t be happier with this organizer!! 5 stars for sure!
One Really Random Tip…
Nothing’s worse than having a bunch of torn up, falling apart rolls of wrapping paper. It drives me absolutely bonkers!
I use these mini clips to keep my wrapping paper rolls together. I just clip one end, because I’m lazy and 2 ends is just too much work.
But one end seems to keep the rolls in check, and prevents all of the unnecessary unrolling, ripping, crunching, folding, smushing, etc.
The one thing I cannot fit in this cart is gift bags. This probably has something to do with the fact that I have 113 gift bags right now. Yep. I’m a hoarder. Especially of cute things on clearance. So I knew from the beginning there was no way I was going to try to fit all my gift bags in this thing. So I decided to plan enough room for all of my wrapping supplies MINUS the gift bags.
This gift bag organizer is certainly the best way I have found to store my excessive collection of gift bags.
A few things I love about it:
- It holds a dang lot of gift bags (113 to be exact…eh-hem).
- It has compartments that help keep them organized (although not perfect, it’s very functional)
- It is on a chrome SWIVEL hanger, so not only can you hang it on a closet bar, but you can easily turn it to the other side without having to physically be on the other side of the organizer. This is particularly convenient if you are storing this in a closet!
- It takes up VERY little space. In the space that a dress would take up in my closet, I have storage for 113 gift bags. Pretty incredible, really.
- It is very sturdy…I am definitely pushing the limits with my gift bag load, but I’ve had this for 6 months and it’s still going strong. It can obviously withstand quite a bit of weight, which is very impressive.
It is available at The Container Store on this link, or on Amazon using this link. The Container Store has it for a couple bucks cheaper, so if you are placing an order with The Container Store, I would order it through them. Not only is it cheaper, but you will earn POP Rewards through The Container Store.
If you are like me, you have just about as many Christmas wrapping supplies as all-the-other-occasions wrapping supplies. I decided long ago to pack my Christmas wrapping supplies away with my Christmas decorations.
I was hesitant to do it because I didn’t want to have to go out to the garage just to get some wrapping paper, in the unlikely event that I would need to wrap something in Christmas paper in July. But that’s when it dawned on me; that was a very highly unlikely event, indeed. So why was I wasting precious storage room in my house for something that I only used one month of the year?
Store Christmas Wrapping Separately
So against all the voices inside my head, I separated my Christmas wrapping stuff from all my other wrapping stuff. I purchased a vertical wrapping paper container and stuck all my rolls of Christmas wrapping paper in it. Then I got a long, under-the-bed Sterilite container to put all the gift bags and Christmas-specific tissue paper in.
These two containers get packed and unpacked every year with the Christmas decorations. And they are just kind of floating around our house for the month of December. That is the only part that bugs me. But they are organized and contained, and I usually just keep them in the corner of the same room as my wrapping cart. It is what it is.
Not All Vertical Wrapping Paper Storage is Created Equal
The super long rolls of wrapping paper (40″) don’t fit in those vertical containers unless you get the right kind. This is the one I have, and it fits the tallest rolls out there. It also comes in red, which would be festive for Christmas.
Keeping it Germ- and Dirt-Free
One more note on the Christmas wrapping…since these containers are good all on their own, I don’t put them inside my Christmas decorations totes. But I also don’t want them to get dirty out there in the garage. If you have been following me for a while, you know by now that I’m a germaphobe.
With my decorations, I leave the totes out in the garage, and only the decorations come inside. But with the wrapping supplies, I want to be able to bring the whole wrapping tote inside and have it be clean in my house for the month.
So I stick both wrapping totes in one of these amazing plastic bags, put a chip clip at the top, and voila. They stay clean even out in the gross garage.
I need to do a post on these over-sized clear garbage bags linked above someday. They have saved my sanity multiple times. If you are a germaphobe clean-freak like me, I would highly recommend getting a pack of these. They have changed my life.
Well, there you have it!
I think I covered everything. Phew!
Now go get your wrapping supplies organized!
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