I am convinced that buying special containers will not make you more organized. While the internet is full of gift-wrapping stations and make-your-own bows, it is perfectly fine to keep your real-life gift wrap in a cardboard box in the closet. You don’t have to cover the box with fabric or paint it.
This is a modest way to organize, but that’s partly why I want to share it. If you have a small home or you want to simplify, I want to be realistic and say that it’s easier to have one or two rolls of wrapping paper instead of a whole bunch that you organize into a wall display.
Mine is stored in the most humble of all containers: the liquor store cardboard box. It has been for years, and it’s just the right size for the bags, tissue, boxes, and bows.
Inside the box, a shopping bag acts as a divider so I can file gift boxes, tissue paper and gift bags on their sides. That helps me to see it all and find what I need. When it gets too full, I give some of them away to family members who will use them again.
The bows are in one of those plastic zippered bags you get when you buy new sheets.
I want to reuse gift wrap as many times as I can, so I always save gift bags, smooth out the tissue paper, and save the bows. Some of our gift bags have been around for years, used dozens of times; it’s almost funny.
I usually keep just one roll of gift wrap, and silver is a color that works for everyone at every event. I also like to use brown kraft paper, especially for Christmas, but most of the gifts I wrap are for classmate birthday parties, and I was informed that brown is not fancy enough for kindergarteners. (We usually give art supplies for classmate gifts—art paper and markers or paints.)
Having gift wrap ready at home saves a lot of money instead of having to buy something for a last-minute gift. If you have too much, keep only a few gift bags in different sizes, and get rid of wrapping paper that is too thin or hard to work with.