If you’re wondering how to store and organize wrapping paper in a small space, these wrapping paper storage ideas will help keep rolls tidy and easy to find. After trying many ways to organize rolls of gift wrap and searching for gift bag storage ideas, I finally found cheap solutions that work!
That bin of pretty and dirt cheap wrapping paper near the registers at HomeGoods gets me every time. I can’t pass up a pretty roll, and before I know it, I have more gift wrap than I know what to do with.
Unlike Tori Spelling’s mom, who at one point had three rooms dedicated to wrapping gifts, I don’t have space (or the need) for a whole room or even a gift wrapping station.
Every inch counts when you’re working with a small space, so whether you love creative packaging or use pretty paper for crafts, these wrapping paper storage ideas will keep your collection in order.
Where to Store Gift Wrap
Assuming you don’t have an entire room to use as a giant gift wrap station, here are some great options for where to store wrapping paper that will make sure you have easy access to all your supplies when the next birthday or holiday arrives:
- In a closet: your coat closet, hall closet, guest room closet, or craft room closet
- On the back of a door
- Under a bed
- Under a sofa (if your sofa has a skirt to hide the storage containers)
Of course, you can always store your gift wrap in the attic or basement if there’s no other option, but frankly, you’ll probably forget about what supplies you already have if you hide them away in those out-of-the-way places.
Easy & Cheap Wrapping Paper Storage and Gift Bag Organization Ideas
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1. Create a vertical gift wrap organizer in your closet.
If you need storage for wrapping paper rolls but don’t want to spend much money, then this is a great idea.
Do you see a little space between the door frame inside your closet and the wall? That nook is the perfect spot for wrapping paper storage, and it works with rolls of every size.
All you need is a cheap spring tension curtain rod. Measure the depth of your closet then get a tension rod to fit the space. I had an extra one, so this project cost nothing. But most tension rods are less than $10 (often way less).
You can even use this method to keep bolts of fabric upright and out of the way, and tuck gift boxes in there, too.
2. Set up hanging gift bag storage.
Does anyone pay for gift bags anymore?
If you have a grocery bag or cardboard box stuffed with gift bags that you know you’ll use again, this double-sided hanging gift bag organizer is a much better solution and hangs neatly in our craft room closet.
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I bought a gift bag – at least not for a kid’s present.
Each birthday brings at least a dozen more bags, so after tossing out the torn or crumpled ones, the rest go into this handy wrapping paper organizer in our craft room/guest room closet. The clear pockets make it easy to see how many gift bags I have, and it’s easy to organize them into categories (girls/boys/occasion/theme) if I want to.
The pockets are also perfect for small sheets of wrapping paper, gift tags, tissue paper, and other gift wrap supplies.
3. Organize Christmas Wrapping Paper and Gift Bags Under the Bed
I like to keep Christmas wrapping paper separate, but until this season I struggled to find a solution to keep the ultra-long wrapping paper rolls, tags, tissue paper, bows, and gift bags all in one spot.
Every year I bought more gift bags, ribbons, and tags that I didn’t need because everything was hidden in different parts of the house.
Then I found this under-bed wrapping paper organizer, and I’m thrilled with how much it holds! Since taking this photo, I’ve added more rolls of wrapping paper and gift bags and everything fits quite well.
Here’s what it looks like all closed up, so you can see how skinny it is. When laid flat, it tucks quite nicely under our bed, hidden behind the bed skirt. It’s great to finally have all my Christmas gift wrapping supplies in one spot!
With a gift wrap organizer like this one, all you need to do is plop it on the floor or on a table and you have an instant gift wrapping station.
4. Attach a door rack to the back of a closet door
After using the first three gift wrap storage ideas for a few years, I finally invested in this fantastic Elfa door rack from The Container Store. It’s a great way to organize long rolls of wrapping paper because it’s adjustable, and the wire baskets are perfect for holding spools of ribbon, washi tape, gift tags, and other small items.
5. Keep rolls of paper tidy with clothespins
Don’t you just hate it when wrapping paper rolls unroll? It’s a cheap and genius idea to use clothespins to keep those rolls from unraveling! Elastic bands or small bungee cords would also do the trick.
The Popular Wrapping Paper Storage Idea You Should Skip!
Whenever I need organizing ideas, I head straight to Pinterest to see what’s worked well for others.
But some of the ideas there don’t pass the reality test.
There’s a popular pin on Pinterest that suggests using a garment bag to hang rolls of wrapping paper in your closet. This pin popped up so frequently in my Pinterest search results that I gave it a try.
The image shows the wrapping paper in the garment bag on the floor. The rolls look neat and tidy there, but as soon as you hang up the garment bag?
The wrapping paper rolls, which are of various sizes and weights, tip to one side and crush the rolls on the bottom. Not only does this look bad (which isn’t a huge factor, but still), the bag is too wide, it hangs awkwardly, and it’s difficult to choose which one you want without removing the whole bag and putting it on a flat surface.
Wrapping Paper Storage Ideas That Really Work
To recap (or if you just scrolled down to the bottom!) here are the three inexpensive wrapping paper organizers I use to keep all my gift wrap, bags, boxes, and bows neat and tidy:
- Spring tension curtain rod
- Hanging gift bag organizer
- Under-bed wrapping paper organizer for long rolls
If your home’s not equipped with space for a gift wrap room (or three) like the Spelling family’s mansion, give these wrapping paper storage ideas a try and keep all your packaging supplies in order.
Let me know how it goes! If you’ve figured out how to store wrapping paper and gift bags in your own home, I’d love to hear your ideas! Just leave a note in the comment section below.