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Organize Your Gift Wrap Station

Create a soothing space for wrapping holiday, birthday or special occasion presents.

By Laura Fenton

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Organized Gift Wrapping
By Greg Scheidemann
By Greg Scheidemann
By Greg Scheidemann
By Greg Scheidemann
By Greg Scheidemann
By Greg Scheidemann
By Greg Scheidemann
By Greg Scheidemann
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Anyone can be a wrap star at holiday time when ribbons, cards and papers are in order and easy to find. "Assign a designated place where you keep everything," says Ellen Timberlake, a gift wrapping expert for Scotch brand. Try creating an area in a corner of a room, like this pegboard-clad work station or, if space is at a premium, simply use a box in a closet. Timberlake shares her simple strategies.

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If you have a blank wall in a closet or laundry room, try installing pegboard (available at hardware stores) to hang essentials like scissors, hole punches and masking tape. Store smaller items such as gift tags on hooks.

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Stash rolls of paper in a box or tie together to keep them from being torn or flattened.

Shop Smart Tip: Streamline your storage by buying generic papers that have lots of uses. Remember, a print that says "birthday" or "shower" can be used only for that specific occasion.

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A standard mailbox can hold a roll of kraft paper and other small supplies.

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When working on a project, line up tape dispenser, scissors and pens so you can easily find what you need.

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Group like objects in one spot. For example, keep all your bows in one container and tissue paper in another.

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Pack gift bags vertically, sorted by color or occasion, in a bin or basket.

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Stack gift boxes according to size. If you're pressed for space, collapse boxes and store with the tops and bottoms facing each other.

Originally published in the November 29, 2009, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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