The Simple (But Organized!) Giving Station

simple organized giving station

If you are one of those super organized, ultra stylish people that has plenty of time to create grand, artistic gifts so elegant the receiver hates to open them, turn away now. If you’re like me and often realize your son has a birthday party to attend just half an hour before he’s due to arrive, keep reading. This is totally for you.


Every holiday, every birthday, every possible occasion, it happens. You fumble and fuss, trying to remember where you last saw the tape, the cards, the wrapping paper. And you could swear there was a perfect gift bag around here, somewhere.

Frustrating.

I know, because I do it, too. Or, rather, did do it. Until I got completely fed up one recent afternoon and finally took the time to get all of my giving materials together in one little corner of my laundry room. If for no other reason than to save my already waning sanity. And you know what? SO much better (the organization, not the sanity).

If I hadn’t been doing the whole nerd-o blogger has-to-take-pictures-of-each-and-every-step-of-something-her-readers-might-find-useful thing, I seriously would have been done in under 15 minutes. And you can, too because if I can create something that’s actually orderly, anybody can.

organized craft drawersAll you need:

1. Use what you have! All of the gift wrapping paraphernalia that’s lying in various places around your house right now. So, rolls of wrapping paper, bags, tissue, cards, labels, tape. Go collect all of it. If you already have it all in one general area, you’re ahead of most of us. Once it’s all assembled together, it’s also a great time to take a little inventory and make note of anything you need so you’re not rushing around the next time you have to quickly throw a gift together. I like to buy packages of kids birthday cards and keep them on hand for birthday parties my son goes to, so this was one thing I realized I was low on when doing my own inventory. I stocked up on them again, just in time for his next round of invites!

2. Small-ish organizer-type bins and / or boxes– even shoeboxes will do. If you’re like me, you have some lying around already, which you may or may not have bought on sale ages ago, thinking you’d use them for something like this and then never did.

3. A spot to put it all in once you have it organized. Make sure this spot is accessible to make it that much easier to throw a nicely wrapped gift together at a moment’s notice.

organized gift bagsFor my own little spot, I chose a small section of open shelving that was available in my laundry room. I found a few pretty containers and a small organizer unit with drawers, gathered my gift bags, wrap, tags and embellishments, then got to work putting it all together. Now, believe me when I say, I am not the queen of organization. At all. So all the credit for how well this turned out goes directly to the designers of those pretty storage boxes- they really do make a big difference and turn what could be a boring and ugly wrap zone into something even Martha might approve of. And if she doesn’t, well hey… my mom liked it.

I used separate boxes and containers for each of the following:

  • ribbon
  • pens, markers, rubber stamps, ink pads, scissors, hole punch, paper clips, etc.
  • gift bags and tissue (I organized mine by occasion, but size is also a great way to do it)
  • tags, labels, gift cards

organizing gift tags

how to organize wrapping paperFor rolls of gift wrap, I just used the shelves to stack them, but if you have some of those actual gift wrap storage containers, all the better.

Arrange your stuff in a way that is both practical for when you need to get to it quickly, and hopefully easy on the eyes as well. Making it pretty isn’t a requirement, but for the sake of aesthetics, it is fun and pleasing to create and enjoy.

 

And that’s all it takes! Carving out a little space and taking just a little while to get it all together makes things so much easier when you’re short on time before that next big party. The 15 minutes or so that it takes will save you countless minutes of fumbling and searching later. Totally worth it.

organizing craft drawers

Do you have a gift zone or craft area like this one in your house? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks for keeping it organized- be sure to share in the comments below!

 


 Creating a gift basket? We’ve got a great post on how to easily create a professional looking treat for someone special in this post about easy gift basket assembly.


 

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!