Day 1 – Decluttering Gift Wrap & Supplies

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Originally published January 1, 2016 and updated January 2018 and January 2024.

Welcome to Day 1 of 31 Days of 10-minute Decluttering Tips Challenge.  Our goal is to eliminate things we don’t need from our lives and home so that we can better enjoy life. Clear the clutter and make room for your best life. Now is the perfect time to go through and declutter gift wrap and supplies. Let’s see what we want to keep, what we need to keep and what needs to be purged.

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Gift wrap paper, ribbons, gift tags, tissue paper, gift bags, and embellishments can quickly multiply and seemingly take over. I don’t know about you, but I tend to stock up on these supplies when they’re on sale. I’m also a big one on saving and reusing tissue paper and gift bags. I hate to throw away supplies that are in perfectly good condition and can still be used.  But this habit of stocking up on sale and saving items can quickly lead to too many things. Too. Many. Things. 

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Clearing Clutter – Purging Tips for Gift Wrap and Supplies

Grab the free Purging Clutter Checklist and  the 6 purging bags you created earlier.  Now, let’s go through our gift wrap supplies and start purging.

Take Everything Out- Keep in mind we’re doing this in 10 minutes. Only take out as much as you can go through in that time. You can come back to the other items another time you have 10 minutes. Lay the items you take out on a table, bed or the floor.

Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. Put the wrapping paper together, the gift bags together, the ribbon together and so on. If you are just tackling one item, then put similar items together within that category; put the large gift bags together, the small gift bags together, the Christmas gift bags together and so on. 

Evaluate – Look at each group you’ve created. Are there any categories you don’t need? Once my children outgrew the Sesame Street age, I didn’t need to have 10 cartoon character gift bags. How many items do you need in a category? I need to keep tissue paper, but I don’t need to keep Halloween tissue.

Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 5 purging bags. 

Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away.

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Looking for ways to use up too much extra wrapping paper? Check out these 5 Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper from my friend Corinne at Wondermom Wannabe.

Right now we’re just focusing on purging, but if you’re in the mood to organize your wrapping supplies, check out this gift wrap organization and storage for moving idea.

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You can also make your own repurposed portable wrapping station for less than $10.

Organizing Products for Wrapping Supplies

The gift wrap paper storage box is a game-changer for anyone tired of the frustration that comes with disorganized wrapping paper. It offers a sleek and efficient way to keep all your wrapping essentials in one central location, making it easy to find what you need when it’s time to wrap gifts. With compartments designed specifically for different sizes of wrapping paper rolls, ribbons, bows, and other accessories, a storage box ensures that everything stays neat and tidy.

No longer will you have to struggle with tangled up rolls or rummage through overflowing bins in search of the perfect ribbon. The gift wrap paper storage box not only saves time but also space, as it can easily fit in a closet or under a bed, keeping your living area clutter-free. Additionally, its durable construction ensures that your precious wrapping supplies are protected from dust and damage.

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Storage Box for Gift Paper and Holiday Accessories, with Inner Pockets,

40 Inches Long

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Double-Sided Hanging Gift Wrap Organizer
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with  Storage Pockets

Hang on the back of a door or in a closet

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Rubbermaid Wrap N’ Craft, Plastic Storage Container
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for Wrapping Paper and Crafting Supplies

Fits Up to 20 Rolls of Standard 30” Wrapping Paper

Two Compartments, Slim Design

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mDesign Tall Gift-Wrapping Paper Storage Box with Handles
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Removable Lid for Rolls of Wrap

Inside Closet Storage Totes

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40x14x6 Wrapping Paper Storage and Organizer Storage

Holds 24 Rolls with Accessory Pockets

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Fits 20 Standard Rolls of Wrapping Paper

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If you didn’t already, print out your free Purging Clutter Checklist and get ready for tomorrow’s purging task.

We’ve done it. Day One is done. Woo hoo! Join me tomorrow for Day Two in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge. Let’s purge some more so you can enjoy life more.

You can find all of the 31 days of 10-Minute Purging tasks and get to work. Be sure to pin for later when you’re ready to start decluttering wrapping paper and gift wrap supplies.

More Decluttering Tips

Inspirational Declutter Quotes – 120+ inspirational decluttering quotes & free printable to inspire you to make small or dramatic changes to create the space and life you want

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How to Start Decluttering When You’re Overwhelmed – These 40+ tips will help you know how to start decluttering when you’re overwhelmed. Simple tips that work from a professional organizer.

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Find all my decluttering tips, printables and challenges in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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14 Comments

    1. I’m so glad that you’re joining me in this challenge, Andrea. I honestly believe in making life simpler so you can enjoy it more (and what’s more simple than just 10 minutes a day?) 🙂

  1. Such quick and easy ideas you are sharing, Susan. I have to say, my Christmas wrapping is in order. I purchased a container for it a few years ago. Now, my general wrapping paper is a mess! I have it all over the house! I will have to follow your great ideas and get organized.

    1. Sounds like you’ve got your holiday wrapping paper and supplies under control. Containers for all different types of items, like wrapping paper, really can make it easier to keep it organized. Happy organizing your everyday wrapping paper, Cynthia.

  2. I would like to join your group so I can organize along with you. Is there a way to do that or do I have search fot your new tips everyday.?

    1. You can sign up in the newsletter sign up box at the end of the post, Melody. So glad to have you join us for the challenge.

  3. I am going to have fun watching our different challenges unfold. This is the perfect time of year to clear out the wrapping supplies… get rid of all those tiny/scrunched pieces of wrapping paper! I need to do this myself:)

    1. I have to remind myself not to save those tiny pieces of wrapping paper, too, Seana. My frugal self battles my organizing self. 🙂 This year, the organizing self is winning.

  4. I like the idea of repurposing a trash basket to hold your gift wrap supplies. I have them organized in the closet, but the gift wrap is just leaning against the wall.

  5. Here we go again with our January challenges – so fun! Last year I finally started keeping my christmas bows and ribbon separately in a closet far away from my wrapping station. That is definitely helpful– free up that daily use space. Wishing you a happy new year and a wonderful month!

    1. Lol, Seana, it is that time of year for challenging ourselves, isn’t it? I’m curious about your choice to store your bows and ribbons in a separate location from your wrapping paper and bags.

  6. I’m a veteran also and you would think moving around so much I could get organized. I need to get our home organized because it’s been driving nuts. My Grandson moved in with us moved out back in with us. My Brother in law moved in with us and is now in a nursing home. We have a small business working out of our home plus we’ve had some health scares lately. So I’m saying thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Sounds like you’ve got a whole lot of life going on, Loretta! I hope you find these 10-minute tasks helpful. I’m a big believer in doing tasks in manageable amounts of time and sometimes that is 10 minutes. Sometimes it’s more and that’s great, but even 10-minutes day after day will get the job done. Thank you for your service, Loretta.

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