Guest Author - Emily Wilska
It's December: do you know where your gift wrap is? For many of us, the holidays mean exchanging gifts, which in turn means wrapping those gifts. But gift wrapping supplies often fall into the category of Things that Are Never Quite Organized: rolls of wrapping paper, too long to fit in standard containers, wind up under beds or lost in the back of a closet, while bows and ribbons become a tangled mess in a drawer somewhere. As for tape and scissors, who knows? They never seem to be where they belong.
If you do a lot of gift wrapping, during the holidays or throughout the year, consider giving yourself the gift of a Gift Packaging Workstation from the Container Store. This is one truly clever contraption that solves several wrapping-related frustrations in one fell swoop.
The Workstation is both a container for storing wrapping supplies and a table for actually doing the wrapping. The container part is a rectangular bin that holds up to 36 rolls of wrapping paper (depending on the size of the roll), as well as bows, bins, gift tags, tape, scissors, and other wrapping necessities.
Attached to the bin are metal legs that unfold to make the container into a work surface. The top of the container has clips that hold a roll of wrapping paper in place and grid lines to help you cut the paper straight. There's a caddy you can snap onto the side to hold tape and scissors while you work; the caddy also has a ribbon dispenser that keeps a few rolls of ribbon at the ready.
Finally, there's a small storage compartment in the lid of the container for storing flat supplies (like gift bags and tissue paper) separately.
The Workstation is a clever solution to the problem of disorganized wrapping supplies; the fact that it doubles as a work surface makes it even neater. I love storage gadgets that do double-duty, and this is definitely one.
And once you're done with the wrapping bonanza for the season, you can repurpose the Workstation for doing crafting projects, creating photo albums or scrapbooks, or other tasks that involve lots of supplies and require you to have space to spread out and work. It's like a portable crafts room--especially great for small spaces.