My house is so quiet right now! Always such a strange feeling after my kids have been home with me for a couple of days (they were out of school for Vetrans Day). While I loved having them home – I think my happiest moments are when my kids are all home with me and we have no schedule we have to follow – it does feel nice this morning to have a few hours of peace to get something done. Like post these pictures that I have been dying to share with all of you!
I mentioned in my 10 things you can do now to ensure a less stressful December post
that I am really trying to prepare early for the holidays this year. One way I’m doing that is by shopping and wrapping gifts before December. Last year I spent Christmas Eve up so late wrapping gifts for everyone. I couldn’t believe how time consuming it was! I made a solemn vow to myself that I’d never save it until the last minute like that again.
When I shared my office/craft room with all of you last week you may have noticed a tall cupboard in the corner of the room next to the window.
I wanted a simple place to store wrapping supplies so I added this cupboard on top of the counter. I kept the left side of the cupboard tall and open to house all of my wrapping paper and then added adjustable shelves to the right side to hold extra supplies. When we moved in I just tossed everything in this space knowing I’d get to it at some point! It has been like this for a year driving me crazy every time I needed to wrap a gift.
So last week I finally organized the wrapping supplies! I took out all of the wrapping paper. Got rid of a few old rolls with not much left, took the packaging off of new rolls, and put a rubber band around each of them.
Then I pulled everything out of the cupboard and started categorizing it all into piles. When we moved I got rid of a lot of wrapping supplies I knew I wouldn’t use so sorting everything went quickly.
Part of the reason I hadn’t organized this space sooner is that I couldn’t find baskets that were the right size for my shelves. A few weeks ago I finally found some! At The Container Store of course. My husband thinks I need to just get a job there and move into that place already. Hmm.. not a bad idea. :)
Because not only are they the right height and width, but they are DEEP. That’s what I was looking for. Long baskets so that I could utilize every ounce of space in my cupboard.
I also picked up a package of cute Christmas gift tags.
And flipped four of them over because I decided they would be fun to use as labels. (btw – if you’re looking for a gift for the organizer in your life this Christmas, my label maker
is one of my favorite things!)
Ta-da! The baskets now. So nice and organized!
And so much easier to find what I need.
All of my Christmas ribbon is now in one happy spot.
The other baskets hold tags, cards, tissue paper, and gift sacks.
All of my Christmas gift tags were loose so I corralled them in this small container I’ve had for years.
Honestly this whole thing took me one hour. One hour! No more wasted time searching for wrapping supplies.
Now I see this when I open my cupboard. SO much better!
The gift tags made perfect labels.
Just enough space for tall gift sacks on the bottom.
For now Christmas supplies are in the middle for easy access. I’m ready to wrap!
My cupboard looked so pretty and organized after I finished that I didn’t want to close it. :)
So I grabbed a colorful Christmas tree to hold the door open. Colorful Christmas trees make everything happy, don’t they?
But then I wanted my whole counter back (more room to wrap!) so now it’s closed.
One more before and after. Because they’re fun.
Time to tackle those Christmas gifts.
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