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Make Special Holidays Less Stressful With An Organized Gift Wrap Area

Gift Wrapping is a whole lot easier with all of your supplies within arm’s reach. Reduce clutter and stay organized this holiday season with a designated gift wrapping area. By staying orderly with your wrapping papers and packaging supplies will help make the holidays less overwhelming and let you have more time to spread holiday cheer.

gift wrapping area

Choose a designated area. Extra space or an open corner area in an office, basement, utility room or even a spare bedroom will work well. Make sure you have a sturdy and spacious desk or table top for a good working surface. A desk with drawers will provide storage for bows, ribbons, tissue paper, holiday cards and gift tags.

Maximize the cleanliness and organization of your gift wrapping area. Use wall mounted dowels to display and provide easy access to your favorite gift wrapping papers and ribbons. Additional paper storage can be provided with an umbrella stand, tall decorative basket or even a tall garbage can next to the area.

Cubbies with labels and shelving above the gift wrapping area provide a designated space for tape, scissors, bows, pens, markers greeting cards, thank you cards and decorations. Add some personality to your custom gift wrap area with colorful caddy’s or baskets for even more supplies.

wrapping station

Gift Wrap Area Extras. A Cork or Bulletin board will display invitations for upcoming events and serve as a reminder to keep track of your holiday and party invites. A wireless speaker, or radio to play the holiday tunes and get you in the holiday spirit while wrapping all those presents. A stool is also a good idea to get you off your feet while you work because we all know how much work it can be to wrap all those presents, especially if you have a big family or little ones!

Let Closet Organizing Systems get you started by designing a custom gift wrap area for you today. Give us a call, we promise you will love it! Happy Holidays!

garage custom gift wrapping area



Snow White Master Closet

A white closet is a classic, timeless closet. It can still express personality. It can definitely keep you organized and looking stylish.

We had a great opportunity to design one of these timeless, white closets that was part of an expanded bonus space above an existing garage and located right off the master bedroom.

The layout before we were brought in had two reach in closets that really did not provide much in terms of storage and they took away space from the bedroom.

The original version of the newly proposed plan was to have flat 8 foot ceilings. We convinced them that leaving the pitched ceilings and actually dry walling the joists would give them more space to work with and bring them closer to their desired goal. By incorporating the idea of dry walling the joists on the angled roof lines, we were able to make this space look more like like a luxurious closet suite and less like a crawl space.

The client wanted to display her personally prized collection of shoes and handbags. She also wanted a make-up counter (which we up-lit). And then, a more unusual request for a bedroom closet, she wanted a wrapping station incorporated into the design.

We used a frosty white melamine with a charcoal glazed raised panel for the doors and drawers. We also incorporated large crown moulding. All of this worked in harmony with the the existing wall color and millwork to create a clean, snow white look.

The special features on the makeup area include a light box tray with a frosted glass insert routed into the counter top, in counter lighting, large framed viewing mirror , side make-up storage drawers, blow dryer holster and upper storage cabinets with LED down lighting.

It's a closet space that works well for the client. Why not give us a call so we can design a closet space that works well for you?



Gift Wrapped Spaces

gift wrapping counterIf the saying that it's “better to give than to receive” is true, then having a dedicated space in your home that allows you to wrap gifts easily becomes a “must have” item because face it, we all know you're a “giver”!

So what sort of function is a must have in this space? Here are some great things to consider:

gift wrap kitchen cabinetHorizontal Surface Counter Top – you need a place to actually do your wrapping. So, make sure you incorporate counter top surface at a comfortable height that allows you to lay out a large piece of wrapping paper and spin your boxes around while your taping and attaching ribbons. And be sure you can comfortably stand in front of this space. An overhang on the counter top is helpful in this situation as is open storage below so you don't have to move out of the way to open drawers.

Wrapping Paper Rolls – these work well with one of two options. Either standing up in a drawer that is deep enough to keep them from falling over OR on a dowel or rod of some sort that allows you to  just pull the paper, tear the right size and wrap.

Ribbons – ribbon is really easy to access if you are able to have it on some kind of small dowel rod so you can easily pull the length you need. You just need to be sure that your rod is not bigger than the traditionally smaller hole sizes at the center of any spool of ribbon.
ribbon storage ideasribbon spool storage using laundry basket
There are also some additional interesting ideas for ribbon storage that you can DIY. Consider plastic baskets with holes that allow you to pull ribbon through the holes for access.  These photos can inspire some ideas of your own. We found them on Houzz, a really fun website dedicated to design and home improvement.

gift bag storage spaceBags and Bows – storing and accessing these is a slightly different approach. Drawers can work well for bows. Built-in vertical slots that allow you to “stuff” the bags is a great option, as is this mini shelf shown in the photo. 


stylish craft storage roomScissors, Tape and Other Tools – we like the idea of having some kind of peg board o in the wall or side of a cabinet that allows you to grab what you need, use it and hang it right back up in it's place. If that's not an option for your space, then baskets to corral things are also great because they can be easily moved around while you're working and then stashed back in their permanent location.

If any of these projects inspire you to become a more organized “giver” - then give us a call to set up a consultation to see how we can help.




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