DIY Mobile Wrapping Station
By now I’m guessing you’re in full holiday decorating mode and probably shopping mode too. We’re exchanging gifts at the cabin this year so all of our gifts have to fit in 2 suitcases, including our clothes. The rest of the car will be filled with dog supplies. I have no idea how we’re going to pull it off. I’m pretty sure not being able to see out the back window is a moving violation so we’re going to have to make it work. If I haven’t shared with you the joys of what it’s like to travel with 3 dogs one that has the spirit of Cujo, I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots of stories in the weeks to come. It’s a real treat, wink wink.
Before we leave, we’ll have one last family celebration at Loblolly Manor, sprinkle in my sister’s birthday and attend holiday parties. I can’t wait. With so many activities happening at once, it’s a lot to keep track of and you may have a lot of parties to keep track of too. Last year, I devised an easy system to make sure all of the presents got to the right place at the right time.
First, I sit down with a cup of cocoa and make a master list of each person that I need to buy for and I put them into categories based on the city we’ll be celebrating in. For example, I know in advance I’ll need presents for 9 at Loblolly Manor this year. After I have all of the gifts, I’ll start wrapping presents. Sometimes, I’ll wrap each city in a different colored paper just so I can instantly recognize where it’s going when we’re loading up the car. We usually celebrate the holidays in 4 different cities over a 2 week period. I know.
I used to have paper, tags, ribbon and tape strung out all over the living room until I started using a metal shopping cart to help corral the wrapping paper clutter. The DIY Mobile Wrapping Station is really helpful if you have one on hand.
I fill the shopping cart liner with my favorite wrapping papers
and on the front I attach a bicycle basket or golf ball basket to hold wrapping supplies with ribbon.
You’ll need to make sure the basket is really secure. Depending on what you choose to put in your basket, it can get heavy quick.
I try to wrap everything in one day while watching holiday movies in my jammers but sometimes, I find myself waiting on a package or five depending on when they’ve been shipped. Since the shopping cart has wheels I can move it out of the way so the common areas stay clutter free all season long.
When the holidays are finished you can fold the shopping cart back up and store in a hall closet or leave everything in tact and have it available to use all year long in a home office or craft room.
I know, right? So easy! If you don’t have a shopping cart consider a vintage mop bucket, galvanized pail or if you’re short on space an over the door organizer is a great space saver option.
You guys, she loves this blanket. Sometimes, the best gifts aren’t found under the tree. She makes me melt.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing easy to create gift wrapping ideas.
Truly clever! I have seen those carts at estate sales and passed them by wondering what to do with them. I won’t any longer, I’m going to grab one and spray paint it a pretty color. Thanks Coco, best of luck on your full travels. (the dog is sweet!)
Thank you Mary Beth, we found that sweet little Jelly Bean on the side of the road on Easter Sunday a few years. She’s been the best gift. I’m so glad you like this idea. It’s really helped me keep all the wrapping essentials corralled. Hugs for a happy day, CoCo
CoCo – this is such a great idea! We try to wrap as we go – but then we end up in the middle of the floor doing a marathon wrap with our supplies all over the place. This is a wonderful way to corral everything together. Thanks for the ideas!
My living room used to be a total mess before I started using this idea. Think bits of tape stuck to the dogs paws and rips from paper because they were “playing” in the mess ha ha! This way is SO much better for everyone involved 🙂 Hugs, CoCo
What a great idea! Also, the idea of using a different wrap for each city…genius! Jelly bean is pretty adorable too 🙂
Thank you, Angie! Finding ways to keep organized is the only way I can keep my sanity this time of year. No one likes a crazy lady at Christmas. Hugs, CoCo
Girl, you slay me! 😉 I have one of those shopping carts in my garage and I never would have thought to use it for a gift wrap station! Instead, my gift wrap is EVERYWHERE. I’m going to go clean it up right now! 🙂
oh my word Kimm you should have seen my living room before I started using this cart…it was totally crazy. The cart has really helped me clean up my act ha ha 🙂 I hope your cart helps you stay organized too. It’s like a game changer each year 🙂 Hugs, CoCo
Fantastic idea. I consider myself well organized and resourceful, but Christmas wrapping has been a thorn in my side forever! I am going to find one of these carts ASAP. This will make the process so much easier.
We picked up this cart at one of those big swap meets to help carry our purchases. I’m trying my very best to bring items into my home that can have a dual purpose and this little cart has helped in so many different ways around the house. I’m glad it’s going to be able to help you too! Hugs, CoCo