How to Organize a Gift Closet

How to Organize a Gift Closet

Do you by any chance have a stash of items on stand-by just in case you need a quick gift for someone?  I do.  I know.  You may think that makes it very impersonal; however, I would argue that sometimes an emergency arises and it’s good to have some things on hand.  Also, if I come across an amazing deal on something that would make an excellent gift, I can pick it up and save it for later.  On the other hand, keeping all these items on hand does create a bit of a storage problem.  I was throwing all my gifts, gift wrap, gift bags, and party items in one closet (along with other items).  This created a bit of an organizational nightmare.  I needed to organize this closet and fast!

gift storage closet in need of organization


Yep, there it is in all its glory.  Don’t judge.  Let’s just agree that the space needed an intervention.  So, to be clear, in this closet, you can see my family scrapbooks.  Actually you can’t see them because they are hiding behind that giant bag of gift bags and stack of blankets.  You can see spare decor items and entertaining items have run amuck in this space.  If you have a similar problem, I’m here to help.  Here’s what I did and what you can do as well.

Run, don’t walk to your nearest Container Store.  If you don’t have one nearby, you can go online.  Now, let me insert here, I am not affiliated with The Container Store in any way ( I wish I was though).  I used to think that their items were too pricey and that I could get something just the same cheaper elsewhere.  Long story short, that’s not true.  There are some items that I can find elsewhere.  However, when it comes to storage solutions that save space, I have not found anything that comes close to their quality ~ and believe me, I’ve tried.

At The Container Store you want to find their Elfa door mounted system.  You buy a long bar that is affixed to your closet door with over the door brackets.  This does not damage your door at all.  Then, you can buy baskets, shelves, and work boards to affix to the bar to hold all your stuff.  This should give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

over the door organizer from The Container Store


Now, for my closet, I wanted to organize all the items, but I need this closet to do more than store gifts.  As you can see, I use the closet to store my entertaining stuff such as party cups, napkins, table decor.  I also store my gift wrapping supplies and decor items that are out of season.  Lastly, this is also where I keep all of our very important scrapbooks.

To tackle, I emptied out everything.  I found a more appropriate location for the blankets.  Next, I combined containers for some items, and I mounted an over the door rack and baskets.    Probably a few adjustments will need to be made as I live with this new system; however, I am IN LOVE with it right now.


messy closet before organizing

Just a reminder- there’s the before.

Gift closet organized with door system.


Wow!  I know! Look at all that space that opened up.  Why?  It’s because of this little beauty.

Over the door organizer for Gift Closet


Now, I’ve got my gift bags hanging from hooks.  My ribbons are in a basket.  I have some party ware items in another basket and at the top are some spare vases.

On the shelves, I have used decorative boxes to store some items.  Here is a box with spare straws and scoops for parties.

organized gift closet

You can see that above that I have some out of season decor and a few football themed items for our next football party.  The next box is storing all my random treat bags or goody bags.


I love how I can now open this closet door and easily get what I need.  All the items have a specific place to go now, and that makes me super happy.  Also now there’s space to spare.  I like when things have room to “breathe.”



On the lower shelves, I have a stackable drawer for tissue paper and really small gift bags.  I am using a dish rack to store party napkins.  The lowest shelf has oddball items and gift items.  Finally, now you can see those scrapbooks I mentioned.  Before, when I opened the closet door I felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff sitting there.  Now, I feel like everything is neatly organized and it’s not overstuffed.

So, do you have a space that needs an organization intervention?  How do you tackle those projects?  My next space to organize is my pantry.  Do you have any tips for me?  I can’t wait to hear what you think, so make sure to comment below.  Also, you can sign up for my email list here.  That way you are notified every time I have a new post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time~




  1. Gotta love The Container Store! My most recent project was the pantry. I think your tip of taking everything out is a good one – that’s exactly what I did in my pantry. Thanks for sharing at the Bloggers Pit Stop! Roseann from

  2. This is great, thanks for sharing. 🙂 I currently have ‘just in case’ gifts or gifts I’ve bought in the sales to put up for a specific persons birthday scattered around my bedroom, along with a multitude of gift bags, wrapping paper, tags, ribbons etc. This will help me get organised with mine.

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      Yay! I’m so glad I could help AND that I’m not the only one like that. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

  3. I’m with you, I like when items have “room to breathe” in my closets and cabinets, too. I’m sure you hear angels sing every time you open the closet now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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