Lately I have seen many Pinterest pins and articles about organizing a wrapping station. There are lots of pictures of pretty, organized closets filled with an assortment of wrapping paper and ribbon on curtain rods. Gifts bags are neatly stacked and homemade gift tags are stored in labeled bins. As a natural born organizer my first thoughts are, AHHHHHH, it's beautiful! Then I come back to reality. Wow! That's a lot of stuff and space dedicated to....wrapping presents?! How often does this occur and how much do we really need?
A few years ago I found a way to save time, money, and space when it comes to wrapping gifts. Why buy expensive wrapping paper just to tear it up and throw it away? Now, I only use brown kraft paper for every occasion. Birthday, wedding, baby shower, and Christmas gifts are all wrapped in the same paper at my house. I don't buy expensive wrapping paper for every occasion. This kraft paper can be found at Wal-Mart or Target in the mail supplies for around $4 a roll. I use red ribbon for Christmas and white or blue ribbon for everything else. The one or two rolls of kraft paper are stored in a closet or under a bed. My ribbon, tape, and scissors are in a drawer. I don't need a whole closet full of paraphernalia dedicated to wrapping gifts. Now that I have simplified the gift wrapping tools there is no need to organize all of my supplies.
This kraft paper is great for travel because it is thicker than regular wrapping paper. You can spice up the paper with stickers, bows or have your kids draw a picture. Skip the card or gift tag and write the name on the gift with a marker. I love to save time and money by using the few wrapping supplies I already have on hand.