stephmodo: Organizing Tip #25

Organizing Tip #25

• 19 May 2009

























Designate a shelf in your living space as the "gift shelf". After building up your "stock", wrap the gifts all at once (labeling the contents discreetly) so you have a beautifully-wrapped present ready-to-go at a moment's notice.

Dedicating an amount of space (be it small or large) to just gifts, has been one of the best things I've done to make my life easier. I stock baby gifts, hostess gifts, children's gifts, and birthday gifts for my friends and associates. Sometimes I see the perfect something for a specific person 3 months before their birthday; and it's nice to know I have a place to put that "perfect gift" until their birthday arrives. I also find that I gift better, more thoughtful gifts, as a result of having this shelf set aside for this distinct purpose. No more last-minute-spend-too-much-on-something-they-won't-love gifts! What a relief...

But, I recently took this one step further to simplify my gift-giving even more. For project swap one night, Tiffany and I wrapped all the gifts on my gift shelf and labeled the contents with a little post-it-note. So instead of unloading all my wrapping and ribbon just to wrap one gift, I simply wrapped all of the gifts at the same time. Plus, wrapping and embellishing gifts for two hours was fun to do! In addition, knowing I have a bunch of gifts ready-to-go at any given moment is a source of relief to me and something I am grateful to have.

Don't be surprised if you see one of the pictured goodies on a doorstep near you...:)

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15 comments:

  1. Stephanie,
    This is great advice! Can you tell us where to buy the really cute gift boxes pictured? Thanks,
    Cheryl

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  2. cute!

    wondering the same thing as cheryl...do share where those darling little boxes came from!

    thanks for the tip!

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  3. You always have the best ideas.

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  4. Okay, i'm just DYING to know what's in all those lovely white boxes!

    And, for those who don't have shelf space... I find a rubbermaid tote tucked into the closet works really well too. :-)

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  5. This is a great idea and I love your picture of the wrapped gifts, provides the perfect inspiration. Now if only I had cute ribbon and gift wrap like you do.

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  6. Love this idea! Where did you get those adorable gift boxes?

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  7. BTW I love your cottage in France. What a fabulous investment and a fun project. There is a great web site where you can swap residences like your cottage which basically lets you stay all over the world for free. I have friends here who use it all the time with their nyc apartments. I can send you the link (if you don't already have it:).

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  8. This a fantastic idea, would help me out tons, I am going to do this in our new house!!

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  9. Okay girls...the boxes pictured are from a friend's scrapbooking company's closeout store. I know, I know...not much help! BUT, you can buy something similar, in Kraft brown, here:

    https://shop.xpedxstores.com/Portal.aspx?CN=4F06C5ADE1D3

    If you're local (Salt Lake City), you can find them at the Xpedx store. They are on sale this week for $.49 cents each.

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  10. I love this, I have a gift box but never thought to wrap them ahead of time.

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  11. Can you please do a follow up post and let us know some of the things you fill the boxes with? I'm always on the lookout for a good idea for a gift.

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  12. J+S: Most of the boxes pictured hold baby gifts...little onesies I picked up in France or cute DwellStudio pieces from Target. There are some cards from Annechovie mixed in there too...one of my sponsors. I think that's about it!

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  13. Oh my gosh, what a great idea! I have a box designated for gifts, but if I wrap them all in pretty paper then they would be shelf- worthy. Thanks for sharing!

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