Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Organize Gift Tags = DONE!

My mother-in-law works at Hallmark.  This means I have plastic containers all over my garage filled with wrapping supplies - hundreds of gift bags in every possible size and shape, packages and packages of tissue paper, rolls and rolls of wrapping paper, tons of ribbons and bows and....lots of gift tags.  Every time I come home after visiting her, I add more containers to the garage.  Am I complaining?  No way.  I get excited to dig through her stash and steal all the good stuff; actually, she tells my sister-in-law and me to take as much as we can because she gets more than she can or ever will need or want.  I have grown such a collection from her over the years that I now have more than I could ever need or want.  But I love it all.  I have become a wrapping paper hoarder.

So now that you know the background behind my mounds of wrapping supplies, let me say that my garage is a hot mess.  There are containers in the garage that are under other containers, all filled with wrapping supplies, that haven't been opened in years...yes, years. I finally decided to tackle the organization of all of my goodies.  What came over me to prompt this project, you ask?  I have no idea, other than I just want my garage back.   Hallmark containers, please give me my garage back. 

I decided to start this massive project (which I expect to take weeks) with the smallest item out there. I knew the gift tags were all in one container.  Tags have been thrown on top of tags for years in that one container.  When I need a tag, I just stick my hand in and hope for the best.  The gift tags just seemed like the perfect place to start.

Lilly and I emptied the whole box in the floor and separated them in stacks by type.  She is a great helper.

Next, I got a photo box and pulled the divider inserts out (UGLY!).  I used one of the inserts as a template to cut out some much cuter ones. 

I labeled each insert and then laminated them to make them a little sturdier.

So here's the final product.  It's a small accomplishment, but each one counts, right? 

I know this doesn't seem like much, but to me, it is one step closer to a more organized life.  And garage.  I still cringe every time I step into the garage on my way to the car every morning, and I cringe again every time I get home and open the garage to get back into the house.  But I am one step closer.  I finally did something that has been on my to-do list for years!  It feels good.

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