O is for Organization: How to Easily Organize Tissue Paper
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I will be the first to admit that I am a bit of a pack rat. I have a hard time getting rid of things that I just might “need” someday. Last year, when we were packing up our house to move, my husband just shook his head at the treasures we unearthed in our home office. “Is this an old spaghetti sauce jar?” he asked incredulously. “Yep and I have a great craft project planned for it. Just pack it the box please,” I responded. He still won’t let me live that one down. I also have a very hard time throwing away gift wrap items. At Christmas, I am always the one collecting the bows to be recycled for future holidays. Tissue paper and gift bags are always rescued and saved. I know that all this stuff creates clutter over time, but let’s face it – these items are expensive to buy new every time you need them.
As we have gotten settled in our new house, I have been cleaning out the gift wrap supplies and throwing out things that were worn or beat up. It feels good to get this stuff organized so that it is easily accessible when I need it. I had a pretty impressive stash of tissue paper collected but was at a loss for how to store it in a way that allowed me to find it when I needed it. Should I put it away with the seasonal decorations? Red and green with the Christmas stuff, pastels with the Easter stuff, yellow, orange and black with Halloween? That didn’t seem practical. And tissue paper always seems to get wadded up and wrinkled if I store it in with the gift bags. As I sifted through my wrapping supplies, I just started sticking all of the tissue paper in a small shopping bag to keep it together until I could figure out how to best organize it.
After a while, it came to me that keeping all this tissue paper in its own gift bag was genius. I smoothed out the wrinkles and refolded it along the folds the best I could so that each sheet was a nice sized rectangle. Now I know that some people iron their used tissue paper with a warm iron to get it nice and smooth again. Although that appeals to my little perfectionistic heart, I am not quite that crazy nor do I have time for that! I stacked my tissue paper rectangles in the gift bag organized by color family. The bag can either be placed on end on a shelf or hung on a doorknob or hanger to be stored. It has been so nice to easily find my tissue paper stash and have the color I need at my fingertips. I am also more likely to put tissue paper away right when I “rescue” it.
Someday I hope to have one of those beautifully organized gift wrapping stations that you see in magazines or on Pinterest, but for now I will stick with my simple organizational strategies. I hope that you might find this strategy helpful too. And if you ever need a gift bag for a wedding or baby girl gift, just give me a holler. I’ve got you covered!
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