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My Gift Wrap Organization Solution: Live Blogging

Categories: Decluttering, Organization


Alternate Title: This week is kicking my butt and I haven’t finished this project yet!

This is one of those weeks where my mantra is: “What needs to get done, will get done. Everything else will get done eventually.”

Remember last week I shared the horror that is my gift wrap situation? I loved your input on that post and was particularly inspired by the old dresser as gift wrap station. I have the perfect dresser to use even.


We bought this dresser, which was intended to be a child’s wardrobe with hanging space in the little cupboard, many years ago at our local flea market for just $15. It’s sturdy and was useful in its last life in our dining room as a place to store our electronics for recharge and various tablecloths, candles and children’s videos. Now it lives in my son’s bedroom where it is functioning, not very well.

not working out

We need to replace it with a larger dresser because he’s a larger boy and his clothes, shockingly, do not fit in a space intended for the under 30 inch set. The new dresser is on the to-do list, so this dresser can go to the basement. But in the meantime I want to create a small space devoted to wrapping paper.

Here is the space I’ll be working with.

space to use

So far I have purchased a Wrap and Craft container, shelf brackets, a shelf and a closet rod. I was inspired by an image in the latest issue of Real Simple which is not yet on their website. I think the hanging rack will work well for me because this space is where our laundry chute comes down, so we can’t have much covering that opening.

And now, armed with a drill, a level and a totally unreliable stud finder, I will attack this job. Stay Tuned.


12:15: Logan is getting an electric drill for his birthday. No wonder he swears so much when working around the house.

12:18: Drywall anchors are a mystery to me. A really frustrating, non-sensical and inefficient mystery.

12:29: How level does this shelf, really need to be? I mean really.

12:45: I’ve redone it twice, this shelf doesn’t want to be level.

12:54: Going forward, knowing Logan is going to need to fix it.

1:00: I’m done!

completed shelf and rod

I used a skirt hanger to clip tissue paper and gift tags to.

skirt hanger

I’m storing my ribbon in a wooden drawer and my spool of tulle (cheap and festive!) on the rod (it was the only one that would fit).


tulle roll

As you can see in the background of that picture I had to make 4 holes trying to get the shelf brackets level. They were level, until I put the actual shelf on.

Overall I’m disappointed and we’ll hopefully be buying Max’s new dresser next week so I can pretend none of this ever happened.

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6 comments so far...

  • You have a laundry chute?

    I hate you. This is the first house I’ve lived in with no laundry chute. It makes me sad.

    Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

    Jenn Searls  |  November 1st, 2007 at 4:25 pm

  • I hate to say this but I love Drywall Anchors…Everytime I think of a project the first thing I head for at the depot is the drywal anchors…my stuff is never falling off the walls!

    Also, Eyelevel is good.

    Just Beachy  |  November 1st, 2007 at 5:20 pm

  • ha! you are so funny! i think it’s a great effort and you will find that it is very functional eventually! adding the dresser will be a huge help :) you can also get smaller wooden sticks (dowels? sounds like that is how it would be spelled!) at the hardware store s you can fit the other ribbon :)

    Kate  |  November 1st, 2007 at 5:59 pm

  • I love your skirt hanger idea…smart. (I long for a laundry chute and more importantly…a basement.)

    mary  |  November 2nd, 2007 at 12:53 am

  • The dresser will be awesome. Most of all, it will keep things neat and out of sight, minimizing clutter. Although I must admit, I like the skirt hanger idea.

    Daisy  |  November 3rd, 2007 at 1:26 am

  • You probably leveled correctly, the shelf itself is probably the culprit.

    I love that old dresser! I want to marry it.


    Kismet  |  November 4th, 2007 at 12:00 am

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