Wrapping and Crafting Organized

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January is National Get Organized Month according to N.A.P.O. (the National Association of Professional Organizers). I decided to tackle a project closer to home, my own disaster craft and wrapping supplies and take advantage of the Container Store’s semi-annual Elfa Sale. Elfa is a line which the Container Store offers that includes shelving and other storage pieces which is completely customizable and expandable. One of their most popular pieces is the Elfa Gift Wrapping cart. It includes a five easy glide drawers which have the ability to open from both sides, a wrap organizer smooth rolling casters and an ample work table on top. Since it is an Elfa product, you can customize and place the baskets and holders where they work best for you.

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Firstly, the item came packaged perfectly with clear instructions and easy assembly. It literally took minutes to put together.

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I decided to purchase an extra basket (less than $5) to store twine under the wrap rolls. In addition, the wrap cart came with a ribbon holder. However, I felt the ribbon holder was better suited for holding scissors and tape to ensure that they were always handy. Don’t you hate when you can’t find those necessities? I would suggest purchasing a designated pair of scissors and roll of tape just for your wrapping area.

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Now, for the fun part….organizing my huge mess of supplies that never fit correctly in the closet. Plastic storage drawers are often a great answer for storage, but I had so many drawers that I often lost things and forgot about the items contained. In addition, the drawers were temperamental and didn’t slide easily. They didn’t nestle correctly and frequently toppled over.

I edited the items that I hadn’t used in a bit, donated some items and honestly just tossed quite a bit.

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The drawers are amazingly large and hold a great deal of supplies. I was able to reduce all of my stacking bins and wrap from this:

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To this handy, manageable cart that slides right into the same closet footprint.

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The tight wire mesh allows you store even small items. I maximized the space in each small drawer by adding inexpensive dividers.

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For those who don’t have a large place to designate to hold wrapping the crafting supplies, the Elfa Wrap Cart is a great option.  When you easily roll it out, you immediately have work space and all the supplies at your fingertips. The cart could easily tuck in a hall closet, a corner of a guest room or with just a few feet of extra space in a closet.

One of Elfa’s most popular items is a variation on the wrap cart and is a super functional Mesh Rolling File Cabinet on the same casters and frame. It is a wonderful option for individuals who don’t like filing or are very visual. The paper is always at arm’s reach, easy to access and tucks under any desk. Also, since it is on smooth rolling casters, you can roll your filing anywhere you need to. The two handy drawers allow you to keep office supplies right where they are most needed. If you hate and don’t use filing cabinets, I suggest this as an investment you won’t regret.

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Organizing always involves editing and finding the right solution for individualized function. Exploring your habits, personality and history enables a professional organizer to suggest creative solutions that fit you. Vacaville Organizer delivers and even implements the new system for you. Headache gone!

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Happy Organizing Month and explore options for storage to fit you as an individual.

Lorinda with Vacaville Organizer

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Comments

  1. I LOVE the Elfa cart designed for paper! Yes, a terrific investment in paper sanity.

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