If you have ever thought about starting a gift closet, then this is the place for you. Organizing a gift closet is incredibly easy and very worthwhile. There are three reasons for organizing a gift closet and they are time, convenience, and money. It can be simple to create and organize your very own gift closet.
First off, some reasons why a gift closet is great to have. Having a gift closet saves money. This is because you can purchase items when you see them on sale and stash them away until you need them. Time factors in because prior to the busy holiday season, you can have gifts all ready and beat the mall rush. The gift closet is also a source for convenience. When you need a last minute gift, chances are that you already have one bought and put away in your gift closet.
There are several items to keep in your gift closet. Of course, there are gifts purchased throughout the year that are being kept for a specific person and a specific reason. It is also a good idea to keep a small amount of generic gifts on hand. These could be bottles of wine, candles, or other such gifts that are appreciated by many people. These gifts are great to bring as a hostess gift or if for some reason you attend a gathering and someone unexpected gives you a gift and you had not bought anything for them. This can help you to save face. Also keep items on hand for children. Keep it simple, such as crayons and coloring books or classic toys such as a yo-yo, card game, or slinky. Other good ideas are board games. Everyone loves board games. Each of these items will help keep your gift closet stocked.
It is important to mention that a gift closet does not need to be an actual closet. It can be anywhere that you have storage space. This can include plastic bins stored under the bed, a spare kitchen cabinet, or an actual closet. Make sure to keep all items together so that nothing gets lost. Keep a list either tucked into the storage bucket or posted on the back of the cabinet, or tacked to the closet door. The list should include the name of the item, a description if necessary, who the gift is intended for, and the occasion for the gift. This will keep your gift closet organized and manageable. Remember to cross gifts off the list as they are given and add gifts as soon as they are added to the gift closet. One of the reasons for the gift closet is to save money. By ineffectively managing your gift closet, you can lose track of purchases already made and end up spending more at a later date.
It is also a good idea to keep wrapping and packaging in the gift closet. Keep wrapping paper, gift bags, and ribbon in the gift closet. It is also a good idea to keep a stack of generic greeting cards as well. This will make you supremely prepared for any event. If you already know whom the gift is for and for what occasion, then do not hesitate to wrap and label the gift so it is ready to go when needed.
A gift closet is a great thing to have. Our lives are already so busy and we are all stretched too thin. It is easy to pick up gifts as we go about our business and add them to the gift closet. This saves time and money and definitely offers us convenience. Start organizing your gift closet now and breathe a little easier.