I must have really been bitten hard by the organizing bug, because things are really getting whipped into shape around here. I was getting really tired of my box of gift bags and tissue paper falling on top of my head every time I needed to pull it out of the guest bedroom closet. Then, I had to dump all of the contents on the bed to dig through my stash. Then I had to go check every drawer and pencil cup for tape and a pen. I was also supposed to leave 5 minutes ago, so the guest room remains looking like birthday party after math until I decide I should probably shove it all back in the box.
Such.a.pain. I had a few problems to solve here : I needed this box to not fall on my head and explode everywhere, the supplies needed to be moved into the office/craft/art closet, and the way I have that closet organized didn’t really leave a great space for gift wrapping.
Enter the over the door pantry organizing unit. I bought this organizer from Amazon for $19.99 (and free shipping through Amazon Prime. I love it!). This particular unit has 5 adjustable shelves, and only covers a little over half of the door. If you are wanting to store standard size rolls of wrapping paper, you will want to purchase a larger unit. I only have a few rolls of paper, so it wasn’t a big deal to me to tuck them in the corner of the closet. I love the short rolls that you can often find in the Dollar Spot at good ol’ Tarjay. They’re cute, cheap, and actually have a good amount of paper on the rolls. (They’re just not great for larger gifts). These fit just fine. It’s important that your organizer has adjustable shelves so that you can make a more customized station that works for you.
I found a leftover piece of elastic in my sewing tub and hot glued it around each bracket to hold in my abundance of gift bags (I’m all about recycling bags! One of my best friends and I have a really goofy bag that has been passed back and forth every Christmas for maybe 10 years. We’re crazy.). I cut it short enough so the bags won’t fall, but since it’s stretchy there is always room for more. You could also do this for the tubes of gift wrap, if you choose to keep them on the door.
I put a container to keep scissors, tape and a couple of pens on the top shelf, so I can always find what I need quickly. This is going to be so great when Christmas rolls around.
The tissue paper is the tricky thing to store. I tried a couple of ideas, but found that the best way was the simplest (hallelujah). I hung a felted hanger off the bottom shelf and folder the tissue paper over. Easy peasy.
Organization and sanity for $20. I am now in LOVE with over the door organizers. Closet and cabinet doors are an under utilized space in the home. I’m already thinking of the next place I can implement the back of a door for storage. I’m thinking a clear shoe organizer would be great for playing cards and small handheld games in our front closet. I’ve learned that there aren’t as many messes the less you have to dig through a box.
What places in your home could you use some over the door or vertical storage?
Enjoy your weekend!