Get Your Wrapping Under Wraps: 24 Clever Gift Wrap Organization Ideas

 

24 Ways to Organize Your Gift Wrap

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Don't let your gift wrap supplies get out of control!  Corral everything you need to make your packages pretty in a convenient gift wrap station - here are 24 clever ways to make it happen!

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We’ve all got them.  Piles of gift bags – purchased, reused, recycled – roll upon roll of wrapping paper, mounds of tissue paper, boxes, bows, ribbons, cellophane, and more!  What do you do with your abundance of gift wrap paraphernalia?  If you’re on top of things, perhaps you have a box (or three) to keep it all confined.  But if you’re like the rest of us, your wrapping products are spiraling out of control!  Either way, digging through all of that stuff for the perfect wrapping can be a pain.  Whether you just need a few new ideas, or require a total overhaul, we’ve got you covered.  If you’re ready to get your wrapping under wraps, check out our round up of 24 clever gift wrap organization ideas.

 

Ikea Rods and Hooks – Brooklyn Limestones

Over the Door Closet Storage – bhg

Simple Hooks – Dwelling Cents

Shower Caddy Storage – bhg

Wall Mounted Towel Bar and Desk Files – bhg

Framed Cafe Rod Storage – In my own style

Pegboard Giftwrap Station  – Leopard and plaid

Chain and Cafe Rod Hanging Storage – In My Own Style

DIY Wood Rack Organization Station – Centsational Girl

Hangers on a Wooden Shelf – Delightful Order

Wood Cabinet and Tiered Dowels – iheartorganizing

Wire Shelving for Hanging Storage – The Old Park Homestead

Ballard Drawer Knockoff – Finding Home

Wooden Trunk Wrapping Storage – Just a Girl and her Blog on I Heart Organizing

Vinyl Labeled Drawers – ‘a casarella

Tall Plastic Boxes – Liebesbotschaft

Wicker Hamper Organization Station – Home Made Simple

Market Cart Gift Wrap Station – Two Shades of Pink

Wood Stool Organizer – 2 Little Hooligans

Wrapping Carts – the Apron blog

PVC Pipe Stand – Craftbits

A Simple Closet Corner (with tension rods) – The Lovebugs

Wrapping Paper Bucket – Martha Stewart

Vintage Suitcase Portable Giftwrap Storage – The Berry

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Featured image via Finding Home.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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7 Steps to an Organized Nursery

7 Steps to an Organized Nursery | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #baby #nursery #storage

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Babies.  They’re adorable.  They’re cuddly.  They’re tiny.  And they come with A LOT of STUFF.  Who knew that adding one miniature person to your family would create such havoc?  The diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions, powders, clothes, toys, books, binkies, blankies, burpies, BOTTLES!!  The list is nearly endless and, doubtless, the space in your home is NOT.  Here are seven tips that’ll get your nursery organized and in tip-top shape in no time.

 

1. Be a Basket Case. 

Baskets and bins are go-to storage solutions.  You can find them at nearly any store in nearly any size and style.  Look for bright colors and fun prints to add interest to your baby’s space.

You can also make your own boxes and bins with simple supplies.  Try spray painting inexpensive buckets, as seen at Southern Lovely.  Or utilize those large diaper boxes once empty and cover them with fabric.  Here’s a step by step tutorial from Positively Splendid.

 

2. Play Hide-N-Seek. 

Hidden spaces are great for storage – especially for things you’d like kept out of sight.  Not everything needs to be within easy reach or instantly visible.

Under the crib is a perfect spot to add a plastic tote bin of extra essentials.  A Lovely Lark shows how a crib skirt perfectly conceals the items.

You can keep things hidden away behind doors as well.  Try an over the door canvas pocket organizer, or you could simply use a shoe organizer that provides tons of pockets for small but often used items.

 

3. Divide and conquer. 

There might be a ton of stuff, but it’s all really small!  Using dividers is a simple trick that keeps things tidy.

Keep small items sorted, stored and easy to locate with drawer dividers.  Ikea sells the perfect drawer divider solution in a set of 6.  See it used at i heart organizing.  You could also divide drawers with small plastic bathroom caddies, or even shoe boxes.

You’ll likely be able to make great use of hanging closet space since baby clothing is so tiny.  Hanging clothing dividers separate clothes by size so with one glance you’ll be able to grab what you need.  My Sweet Nest uses decorated plastic rings.

 

4. Stay Open-minded.

Open storage solutions are a great example of form and function working together within a space and can create a beautiful aesthestic.

If clothing storage is minimal, consider hanging some baby clothing as decor.  It can be as elaborate (take this “open closet” from Tied With a Bouw) or as simple (this driftwood rod from The Sweetest Digs) as you’d like.

Open shelving is a great option as well.  The look is clean and airy, it keeps items easily accessible and it showcases specific colors, themes, or keepsakes.  Check out the metal baskets paired with the open shelves on Life as a Thrifter

 

5. Think Outside the Box.

Tons of great storage solutions don’t require shelves OR bins!  Thinking creatively about items you may not normally use in a nursery can add a ton of personality and may save you some cash!  Rolling crates, clear jars (out of baby’s reach!), open metal or wood cabinets are all good ideas.  Or how about mounting plastic buckets up on the wall?  See it in action at OhOh Blog.

 

6. It’s a Theme Thing. 

Your nursery probably has a theme.  Whether it’s traditional, whimsical or eclectic, your storage should match your overall scheme for the space.  You’ve gone all elegant and classic?  Try lidded boxes in coordinating colors, chests or storage ottomans.  Cutesy little animals?   3 Sprouts Animal Bins feature whimsical animal faces – like foxes, elephants, zebras, raccoons and more.  Plus, extra large collapsible fabric floor bins are perfect for larger items.  See how Newborn Mama used suitcases to bring in matching storage for her nursery theme. 

 

7. Get on the Green Team.

Recycle items found at thrift stores, rummage sales, or your own basement.  Our Dream Foreclosure shares several diaper storage ideas from unexpected sources (like a magazine rack!).  Don’t get hung up on what the item was originally created for.  Check out the farmer’s market epergne that Boots and Totty set up in her nursery.

 

Don’t forget, with a baby, the more storage, the better!  Use a combination of tips and tricks to make your space work for you.

 

Need more ideas?  Get a load of this perfect nursery space on Remodelaholic!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Featured image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

6 Features of an Organized Closet

6 Features of an Organized Closet | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #closet

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You’ve already purged your closet of everything you don’t wear anymore. Now you need to organize it so that your remaining clothing stays in good condition and is easily accessible. After all, if you can’t see it or get to it, you’re never going to wear it!  The following six features of an organized closet will help you know how to get your clothes in order.

 

Long Hanging Clothes

Most closet rods are at a height that is ideal for long hanging items like dresses and long coats. Be sure to use the appropriate hangers for each item: shaped hangers with broader shoulders for coats and suits, no-slip velvet hangers for delicate items, and wood or plastic for everything else. Please straighten out all those old wire hangers and roast some marshmallows on them, because that’s about all they’re good for!

 

Short Hanging Clothes

Skirts, pants, and shirts don’t actually take up much vertical space in your closet. By installing two rods–one about 40 inches above the floor, the other about 40 inches above that–you can double the amount of clothing you can hang in the same sizes space. Not handy with a screwdriver? Not to worry! If your current closet rod is high enough, you can use one of these closet doublers to do pretty much the same thing. Again, be sure to use the right hanger for your clothes. Skirts should be clipped to straight hangers, as should pants. You can also fold pants over open-ended hangers like these. Tops belong on plastic, wood, or no-slip velvet hangers.

 

Folded Clothes

Everyone has their preferences for how to fold a pair of socks or pair of jeans, but no matter how you do it, there are a couple key things to keep in mind for your folded items. Don’t stack your folded clothing too high. For one thing, you’ll forget about the stuff on the bottom of the stack. For another, those bottom pieces will get smashed and creased from the weight of everything on top. Four pairs of pants, six sweaters, or eight t-shirts is a good rule of thumb. Stack like items together, and keep each stack separate by using dividers or bins. Match socks before throwing them into a drawer; even better, use small dividers to keep pairs of socks separate and visible.

 

Shoes

We are probably all guilty of tossing our shoes into a jumbled mess on the floor of the closet (or living room…or bedroom…or entryway…) but this greatly diminishes the life of your shoes. Storing shoes properly not only helps you know where they are and what shoes you have–so you don’t end up accidentally buying a sixth pair of black heels–but also keeps them looking neat and clean. For people with the floor space, stacking shoe shelves are a great way to organize and display each pair. Over-the-door and other hanging options are ideal for people with less room to work with. Special occasion shoes should be boxed up and labeled so they don’t get dusty or damaged when not being worn, and tall boots should be stored upright with shapers inside to keep them from folding over and getting creases.

 

Accessories

Make sure your jewelry, scarves, and other accessories have a place to live too. But don’t just toss them into a drawer or on a shelf! Each piece needs its own little home, or else your necklaces will end up in a knotted jumble and you’ll be forever searching for matching earrings. See where you have a little extra space to work with and put it to good use. Wall mounted or over-the-door jewelry organizers great for walk-in closets, compartmentalized trays can slide into an unused drawer, and hanging pouches take up very little real estate on a closet rod. Scarves, ties, and belts can be rolled up stored like socks in a drawer, hung on individual wall hooks, or stored on a hanging organizer on your closet rod. Purses should be stored upright on a shelf or in a box.

 

Seasonal Clothes

This category includes things like sweaters, gloves, warm scarves, and coats for winter, and swimsuits, sundresses, and sandals for summer. Store these items in the harder-to-reach spaces in your closet: high shelves, the end of the closet rod, on the floor in the very back, etc. That way they won’t distract from the clothing that is seasonally appropriate right now. Fold knits carefully and store them in clearly labeled boxes. Hang silks, linens, and other delicate fabrics inside garment bags so they won’t have deep creases when you get them out again. Add a cedar block to each box, or include a hanging block inside a garment bag, to prevent pests from munching on your clothes while you’re not wearing them.

Check our archives for more helpful hints on keeping your closets organized!

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing.

 

Featured image courtesy of The Hanger Depot.

7 Tips for Smart Pantry Organization

7 Tips for Smart Pantry Organization | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #closet #kitchen #pantry

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There’s a reason a pantry is hidden behind a door. When we try to cram a lot of food in a tiny amount of space, a disorganized mess is what we get. Try these pantry organization tips to maximize the space in your pantry.

 

1. Baskets

You can find baskets everywhere these days, often at great discounts. Grab a couple and put them in your pantry to use as an easy pantry organization solution. Use them to corral small objects that can easily spill out, such as little potato bags for your kids’ lunches and instant oatmeal packets.

 

2. Stackable Bins

Put a couple of stackable bins on top of each other at the bottom of your pantry. You can use them to hold potatoes and onions (separately, since onions can cause potatoes to go bad fast), recyclable items, or pet food.

 

3. Small Wire Baskets

Look at the sides of your pantry and you might find a lot of wasted space. Ashley of Domestic Imperfection came up with the brilliant idea of screwing in pencil organizers to the side walls of her pantry. She then filled them up with spices and other small condiments. What a great pantry organization idea!

 

4. Tiered Shelves

Instead of rummaging through stacks of cans every time you need a can of coconut milk for your dinner, invest in a couple of tiered shelves to help you easily see all the cans you have at once. These shelves can be used for spices as well.

 

5. Lazy Susans

A lazy Susan, or a turntable, is a great way to efficiently use corner space in your pantry. Corner shelves can be awkward to fill with food containers, but a lazy Susan will allow you to use the whole corner. Here is a great example of this clever pantry organization solution.

 

6. Storage Containers

Food containers can be brightly colored and harsh on the eyes, making it harder for you to find what you’re looking for in your pantry. Try dumping out your dry food into clear storage containers that have an airtight seal. Add pretty labels to them, like this, and your pantry will look much more organized. As a bonus, your dry food will last a lot longer thanks to the airtight seal.

 

7. The Zoning Strategy

Last but not least, the zoning strategy will help you navigate your pantry. Divide your pantry items into “zones” according to your lifestyle. For example, you could assign a basket to hold all of your baking items, from muffin cups to chocolate chips, if you bake cookies a lot. Put all of your kid-approved snacks in a plastic bin to make it accessible for your children. Another basket could be filled with noodles, bottled pasta sauce, and Italian seasoning for your family’s Spaghetti Nights.

 

With a little work and a bit of time, you can turn your pantry into a pretty little spot in your kitchen rather than a messy eyesore that you dread rummaging through. For some more organizing ideas, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and Tips for Organizing Kids Closets.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

Featured image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

How To Organize Your Closet in 4 Steps, Plus Tips For Maximizing Closet Space

No matter how organized you are (or aren’t) elsewhere in life, it seems like closets can always use a little bit more help. It’s just too easy to close the door and forget about those clutter spots! Read these great tips on how to organize your closet, and then read more about changing your closet with the seasons and get some tips for organizing kids closets. Happy organizing!

4 Steps To Organize Your Closet and Maximize Closet Space by LincolnApts.com via Tipsaholic.com #closet #organize #infographic

Infographic courtesy of Lincoln Property Management. See more at LincolnApts.com

Fall Closet Organizing Guide

Forget Spring Cleaning, Fall Freshening is here right now.  Swapping out swimsuits for ski clothes, is the thing to be working on.   According to a recent Apartment Guide survey, 80% of people reorganize/clean out their apartment between summer and fall. Topping the list of most difficult tasks were putting away clothes and cleaning out closets, both of which can be stressful and cumbersome projects.   But don’t fret;  we’ve got some tips to help you out!! 

 Fall Closet Organizing Guide
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Apartment Guide Fall Freshening Survey Findings

Top 5 Most Difficult Tasks in Organizing an Apartment

1.       Putting away clothes (laundry baskets don’t count as put away!! Bummer)

2.       Cleaning out closets

3.       Reorganizing bookshelf accessories/items

4.       Overhauling the pantry

5.       Getting rid of magazines

    • 80% of people surveyed reorganize/clean out their apartment between summer and fall
    • 54% of people surveyed switch out their wardrobe seasonally
    • 51% of people  surveyed said that “cleaning out their closet/putting away clothes” was the most difficult task in organizing an apartment
    •  39% of people surveyed do a BIG apartment clean once a month; 31% of people surveyed do a BIG apartment clean seasonally

Tips from Apartment Guide Contributor & Organization Expert Lisa Zaslow

Cash in Your Closet: During your Fall Freshening, make money and space by selling what you aren’t wearing.

o   Did you know, you’re probably not wearing 80% of the clothes in your closet.   That is a LOT of wasted space!  Sell it!

o   According to the re-sale store Buffalo Exchange, you can make at least $15 on every item you bring to them to sell.

o   $7,000 of unused merchandise sits in a typical American household.  Did you know you were sitting on a gold mine?  Neither did I!  Cash in that clutter.

Make Mobile Work for You & Your Closet On the go:

  •  Use Tradesy or  Pushmark app to sell clothes you no longer want and make cash!
  • Unsure about what clothes to keep or sell? Try Stylebook app – to track how often you wear things and how much you’ve spent on clothes.
  • Still on the fence? Share images with others to crowd source whether something should stay or go.
  • Use the Closet app and plan outfits ahead. Stop spending hours every week standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear!

Save on Time (WOW, this will blow your mind!)

  • Time spent organizing your closet pays off quickly. The average American wastes 55 minutes a day looking for things around the house that’s about 6.4 hours a week and roughly 335 hours a year – you could binge-watch all six seasons of Lost and still have time left over!
  • De-cluttering your closet will save you time later on. Getting rid of excess clutter eliminates 40% of the housework in an average home!
  • How many times have you re-folded clothing because it didn’t get put away, or re-washed something because it was too wrinkled from not being folded and put away? When your closet is finally organized, you can easily put things away.  Spending an extra 60 seconds a day to put away clothes can save you hours each month!

Tips for Organizing Kids Closets


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Tips for Organizing Kid’s Closets

1. Out of Sight, Out of Mind. For your child’s favorite clothes keep them nice and close. There is no point in keeping those items out of reach. Just a few hooks, or a small basket within reach so that the kiddos can grab these things and go. It will also help to keep these items off the ground if your child can help to put them away easily!

2. Repeat: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Don’t feel the need to keep out of season items in view, it will just be cause for extra child parent battles, or for extra mess in the space. So go ahead and put it out of reach inside a box.

3. Box it Up: Keep a look out for great boxes and baskets of different shapes and sizes, they are terrifically handy for closet storage. Whatever your shelving options are, there’s sure to be something to fit.

4. Purge Seasonally: Kids grow like weeds. Be sure that with each seasons change you also purge all the excess clothing that either no longer fits. I find that is the only way to keep my kids closets to a minimum which helps control the mess.

Follow these other great tips for organizing kids closets.