Year after year, we store holiday decorations and gift wrapping supplies in the basement, attic, or garage, only to find out next year that half of our decorations get damaged. Needing replacements, we rush to the store, spending money unnecessarily. This year, now that the holidays are over, try one of our alternative storage ideas that will keep your decorations and wrapping supplies tidy, accessible, and damage-free for years to come.
1. Shower caddy and over-the-door Organizers
To keep your all of your gift wrapping supplies organized in a pretty, yet accessible way, try using an over-the-door storage organizer or a shower caddy. This way you can line up spools of ribbon by color and size on the top shelves, place frequently used tools on the middle shelf, and drape tissue paper over the bar to keep it wrinkle-free. Store wrapping paper rolls and gift bags on the bottom shelves.
2. Wicker clothes hampers and buckets
If you do not feel like creating a craft room or craft area, or if you are short on space, a simple wicker clothes hamper or plastic bucket will do the trick. These storage units can hold about 10 rolls of wrapping paper. You can even get wall hangers to hang off of the sides to hold gift bags, ribbons, bows, and any other holiday wrapping supplies you may need. Once it’s all set up, you can easily store in a closet or frequently unused room in your home.
3. Designated desk or dresser
In a guest bedroom, den, or office, appoint a desk or dresser as your holiday decoration space. Within these drawers is an easy way to store all gift wrapping supplies or holiday decorations. You can also organize this space by color, type of wrapping/decoration, or by occasion. The next time you have to wrap a present or find a decoration, you will not have to waste time searching when all the tools you need are in one location.
4. Gift wrapping & holiday station
Using basic cabinets with a sturdy countertop and installing a pegboard over the cabinets suddenly creates the ultimate gift wrapping and holiday decoration station. For cabinets, make sure to choose a design with plenty of drawers and pull-out shelves to maximize storage space. On the pegboard, use S hooks to hang supplies, tools, and decorations. The countertop provides a sturdy, clean place to wrap presents and sort through decorations.
5. Under-bed storage
For easy access to all of your holiday needs, buy a plastic storage bin that can fit underneath your bed. By adding dividers to this box, you can create the exact space that you need. You can decide and place the supplies you need in each section and even add labels so you can see them from the outside. Fill the box full with supplies and slide under the bed for easy, year-round access. This storage option is perfect for any holiday decorations.
These easy, do-it-yourself storage ideas will not only help with your organization, but they will also prolong the life of everything decorative that you may have. In the long run, it will save you time, space, and even a little cash.