How to create the perfect Christmas wrapping station: Organising expert reveals her simple festive prep – and it’ll cost you just $20 to do it yourself
- Organising expert Anita Birges has revealed how to make a wrapping station
- She said it is possible to create a streamlined space using the back of a cupboard
- Her wrapping station was built using magazine files and double-sided tape
A professional organiser has revealed her simple method for creating a stylish Christmas gift wrapping station for just $20.
Anita Birges, the founder of Mise en Place, said an organised space didn’t just make wrapping easier, it also helped by saving money on cards, paper and ribbon.
‘Each year Australians are spending about $500million on wrapping paper and $100million on cards and I believe a lot of that is because we are disorganised,’ she told Today.
Her two-step process uses the inside of a cupboard door, $2.80 plastic magazine racks and double-sided tape.
BEFORE: Organisational expert Anita Birges takes control of a messy and disorganised collection of wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon and cards
AFTER: Anita used five magazine files from Daiso, priced at $2.80 each, and double-sided tape to create this simple gift-wrapping station
The expert recommends ahead of starting to sort through all your gift wrapping extras and accessories first and throwing out any old items.
Then take five magazine files from Daiso, priced at $2.80 each, and tape three pieces of double-sided tape to each.
When building the levels, Anita said to start with the lower level first as these would need the most space for wrapping paper.
She dedicated gift bags and ribbon storage should be put on the second level second while cards, tape and scissors should be stored on top.
‘One of the best tips I can give you is to install these [the magazine files] from the bottom because you want to leave enough room for the wrapping paper,’ she said.
For those with spare cupboard space, Anita explained how she created a slightly more elaborate wrapping station using S-hooks, plastic tubs and $3.80 tension rods.
The rods she used are available from Daiso for $3.80 each and before you buy the expert recommends measuring your space first.
Building from the ground up, Anita said she fitted four tension rods to the bottom part of the cupboard to create a rack to hold wrapping paper.
This wrapping station cost $40 in total and used the inside of a spare cupboard and tension rods
She then added another rod higher up for gift bags which she hung according to size using S-hooks. These were also purchased Daiso and cost $2.80 for a four-pack.
Another tension rod was installed above this to create a space for cards, scissors and tape.
Anita used three hanging plastic tubs, purchased from Daiso for $2.80 each, for storage. A larger size was used for cards, while two smaller sizes were used for accessories.
This lavish wrapping station was made using the Elfa Utility System available from Howards Storage World for $213
Lastly, Anita added an extra tension rod to store rolls of ribbon. These were threaded on to the rod first before it was fixed in place.
The organising expert also offered her advice for creating an ‘all-out’ gift wrapping station using the Elfa Utility System available from Howard’s for $213.
Anita said she installed the system to the back of a cupboard door and built the station using hooks and baskets included with the door rack.
‘We use can use different types of baskets and hooks to really customise the way we want the gift wrapping station to be,’ she said.