If you love gorgeous gift wrap and bags but are short on space, these wrapping paper storage ideas will help you keep them tidy and easy to find. After trying many different wrapping paper storage ideas, I finally found a combination of cheap and easy solutions that are perfect for organizing gift wrap and gift bags in small spaces.
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.
The One Popular Wrapping Paper Storage Idea You Should Skip!
Whenever I need organizing and decorating 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 rolls, which are 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 the roll you want without removing the whole bag and putting it on a flat surface.
So now that we know what doesn’t work, here are ideas that get the job done.
3 Wrapping Paper Storage Ideas that are Easy and Inexpensive
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1. Leverage a closet nook.
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. Gift Bag Storage That Hangs In Your Closet
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 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, and tissue paper.
3. Organize Christmas Wrapping Paper and Bags Separately
I like to keep Santa’s wrapping paper separate, but until this season I struggled to find a solution to keep the ultra-long rolls, tags, tissue paper, bows, and gift bags all in one spot.
Every year I bought more bags 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 wrapping supplies in one spot!
The 3 Wrapping Paper Organizers I Use In My Small Space
To recap (or if you just scrolled down to the bottom!) here are the three inexpensive wrapping paper storage systems and 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 have other ideas for organizing wrapping paper, I’d love to hear about them.
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