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Client Before and After: Gift Wrap Closet

December 14, 2017

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Raise your hand if you’ve gone to wrap a present and have had to untangle the ribbon or flatten out the gift wrap that got creased from where it was being stored. Or maybe you don’t even get this far. Maybe you know that at one point you bought a roll of wrapping paper and some tissue paper but couldn’t begin to tell you which closet you shoved it in a few months ago.

Gift wrap is one of the categories that always seems to surprise people because they truly do not realize the amount that they have until we start pulling it from multiple areas in the house. Hands down, tissue paper always wins for being the largest category! There is rarely emotional attachment to gift wrap, which makes it easy to neglect and is also why it’s usually low on the priority list to organize. For one of our clients, it was the exact opposite.

With an impressive collection of gift wrap and coordinating accoutrements, our client wanted a way to store all of her gift wrap and supplies in a way that made it easy to identify what she had and what she needed to replace, all in an accessible system.

I love any opportunity that I get to design closets. And while I love clothes and shoes, it’s always fun to mix things up and design for a space that has nothing to do with either, like this gift wrap space.

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HOW TO CREATE A GIFT WRAP CLOSET

First, we measured the interior of the closet that would become the dedicated gift wrap space so that we knew what dimensions we had to work with.

Rachel and Company - Gift Wrap Closet Before - www.rachel-company.com

Then, we categorized all of the contents to identify what we had and what we need to keep in mind for future storage. From there, we mocked up a plan that would maximize the available area and make everything easy to reach and access for our client.

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Once the closet was installed, we loaded the contents in (keeping categories separated) and used drawers and baskets to keep each category separated and contained. We made sure to add shelving above the gift wrap unit to make room for gifts to wrap (perfect for those last minute gift situations!) and any extra supplies that may require additional storage down the line.

Rachel and Company - Gift Wrap Closet After - www.rachel-company.com

 

Regardless of the size of available space that you are working with, I always encourage finding a way to maximize the valuable real estate within that area. For this client, we used the back of the door and then went as vertical with our storage to create a closet that is jam-packed with function but easy to contain and keep up.

Rachel and Company - Gift Wrap Closet Before - www.rachel-company.com

Rachel and Company - Gift Wrap Closet After - www.rachel-company.com

How do you store your gift wrap? Do you have a dedicated spot in your home for the supplies, or are you with the majority in buying as you need? I’d love to know in the comments section!

GET THE LOOK

Want to replicate the look? Here are the exact products that were used to transform this gift wrap closet:

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PRODUCTS TO KEEP YOUR GIFT WRAP CONTAINED + ORGANIZED


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  1. John Trosko says:

    Great topic Rachel. It was nice to see the different steps and the reasoning behind the decisions. I bet the client is thrilled with the results! Happy Holidays!

    John

    • Rachel Rosenthal says:

      Thanks, John, I appreciate it! We love how everything is contained within the guest room closet so that when visitors are over they can shut the doors and–voila!–the gift wrap is out of sight!

  2. Emily Morgan says:

    Love all of this, but I especially love the baskets for last-minute gifts! Brilliant to keep those together.

  3. Jo says:

    Rachel- I love this! Great ideas! I could use the shelving units on the floor in my classroom. Can you tell me where to buy? The see through mesh drawers would be perfect! I am also going to organize my gift wrap like this! Thank you. Joanne

    • Rachel Rosenthal says:

      Thanks, Joanne! The drawers are from The Container Store and I’ve updated the post with the links to take you to the exact product.

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