We’ve waited until the gift giving time of year for this week’s home organization project and to straighten out all of our gift wrapping stuff. It’s not just the Christmas season that we’re wrapping gifts for – in our house, it’s the birthday season, too. From mid-November to mid-January, everyone in our family has a birthday. Except me. Mine is neatly scheduled in May so that way the entire month is all about me. Well, not entirely about me, but mostly.
Our gift wrap stuff doesn’t have its own room like it should. I used to think it might co-exist in my sewing area but that’s impossible. Where would all the fabric go? Maybe when my kids go off to college I’ll turn one of their bedrooms into a craft room or gift wrap room. I think I’ll tell them I’m going to do that – it helps to keep teenagers on their toes.
All of our gift wrapping supplies are in a big plastic container that we bought at Hechinger’s back in the early 1990s, when we lived in Washington, D.C. (Is Hechinger’s still in business?) When we were first married and owned an 1890-row house on Capitol Hill, Hechinger’s was our closest DIY store. The tag is still on the container and today I pointed it out to Brad. He worked at Hechinger’s in Silver Spring, Maryland for his very first job. OK, enough with memory lane…
Please: Do not ever let me buy gift tags at an estate sale or garage sale again, ever – or any other sale for goodness sake! No maps either. Oh, and while we’re at it, no gift wrap. Even though I love how gifts look wrapped in craft paper, I don’t need another roll of that either. Clearly, I like these items and while they’re readily available second-hand, I have to use what I have, first.
I used an old folder to stash all of the little scraps of paper that can be used for something – who knows maybe we’ll use them if we ever come up with an idea for this year’s Christmas card. Actually, I better just say “New Year’s Day” card. Even though we’ve sent Christmas cards out very late, this year we’re even further behind. (Read about our ‘Better Late Than Never Holiday Cards’ here.)
This week’s home organization project was easy and done in 30 minutes. For once, I vacuumed up after the project. Every little bit of stuff shows up on our office rug. (Did you read about our office? It was a “Zero Budget DIY Project.”)
Even though I’m looking forward to this weekly madness to be done – true, I am – we have really gotten a lot cleaned, organized, and sorted through. There’s no way I would have done this every week, on my own, and for that I’m truly glad to be sharing these and have the accountability that comes with saying I’m going to do something consistently and then doing it. For those of you who are wondering, I’m thinking about a ‘monthly home organization project’ because there’s still more to do!
What does your gift wrapping stash look like? Do you have a designated space or just a container?