Thursday, February 27, 2014

22 UHeart Organizing: That's a Wrap!

First, I am excited to give a warm congratulations to my friend and contributor, Chelsea of Two Twenty One.  She recently announced they are expecting a wee one and I couldn't be more thrilled for her and her husband!  I am already giddy for her baby organizing posts, since Chelsea always comes up with such creative solutions around her home.

Today she is here to share how finding out this news has already changed the way they look at and use their home.   Starting with a beautiful dresser and a need to upgrade her gift wrap organization.


A couple weeks ago my husband and I announced our big news that I'm expecting our first child.   And many of you know, when a new family member is about to join a family some rearranging has to happen in the house in order to make room.  In our case, my husband's home office will become the nursery so we're having to move some of his things into our guest bedroom.  Consolidating two rooms into one isn't going to be the easiest, but we're beginning to purge and reorganize our things.
One project I tackled this weekend was cleaning out this old dresser and the items we were storing under the bed in the guest bedroom.  The dresser is one of a few family heirlooms we have in our home.  My mom and aunt used the dresser as little girls, so the piece means a lot to me.

Now, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I didn't use the dresser for anything.  It basically acted like a glorified TV stand {we got rid of the TV during our weekend purge} and surface for our guests to use.   But the drawers were empty.


At first, I didn't know what to put in the dresser.   Our guests rarely stay longer than 2-3 nights, and I've never had anyone say they wanted to put their things in the dresser.   I thought about using it in the future nursery but due to its age and depth, I opted not to go that route.

A light bulb went off when I came across two totes I use to store gift wrapping supplies under the guest bed.  We have other things from my husband's office that can go under the bed so I decided to store all of my gift wrapping supplies in the dresser-- turning it into a gift wrapping station.
The bottom drawer of the dresser has seen better days so I decided to store my Christmas wrapping papers and bows in that drawer so I wouldn't be opening it very often.


I used the middle drawer to store gift boxes, larger gift bags, and birthday and other occasion wrapping papers.


The top right side drawer holds tissue paper and smaller gift bags.


The top left side drawer stores extra bows, shredded paper for gift baskets, scissors, gift wrap cutter, tape, and rubber bands.


Who knows if the dresser will remain a wrapping station for long, but it's working for now. It took me less than 30 minutes to organize and put everything in the dresser so I'm sure it wouldn't take me long to put the items somewhere else if we find a better use for the dresser down the road.


"Hey friends! I'm Chelsea from Two Twenty One! I'm a twenty-something living in Indiana with my husband, Brad, and our crazy mutt, Jack. My loves are photography, travel, DIY projects, baking, wine, sarcasm and my iPhone. The husband and I are attempting to make our home a little less cookie cutter and a lot more awesome. My little slice of the internet, Two Twenty One, is where I share my latest home improvement projects, furniture makeovers, crafts, recipes and home & seasonal decor ideas. I am beyond excited to join Jen and the rest of the IHeart Organizing team!"

22 comments:

  1. That's a great use for it, but maybe consider using it in the nursery as a changing table?

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    1. Hi, Morgan! I did consider using it in the nursery but due to its age and depth, I opted not to go that route.

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  2. Such great storage!!!! I love it!!!!! :D

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  3. I have a dresser that i put in an unused bedroom closet and did something similar. It isn't wide enough for rolls of wrapping paper, but stored other wrapping supplies in the bottom drawer and used the remaining drawers to store items not frequently used.

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    1. Great idea, Carly! I had a few longer rolls that wouldn't fit so I tucked them into the guest bedroom closet.

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  4. What a great idea! My grandmother used to do this same thing. I need to go check out the dresser in our guest room now!

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    1. Thanks! I love it and couldn't imagine ever parting with it.

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  6. This was probably the most anti-climactic post I have ever read. It starts with this gorgeous dresser and ends with gift wrap being put into it. Umm. Ok. I would have loved to hear about what you did to condense your office into your guest room. I'm sure you did some innovative and creative things there! But as this post stands, it really is not terribly useful. I, too, can find an old dresser and put something in it.

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  7. Congrats to Chelsea! And what a great way to store wrapping supplies. My mom does the same thing. It's a beautiful dresser- maybe your little one can use it someday! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Clever idea! I did the same thing in our guest room!

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  9. I have an old dresser I bought from my friends' estate sale that looks exactly like this, but the hardware is a little different. It is in my entryway, which goes right into my living room, holding blankets, extra guest bedding, and remotes and Wii gadgets in the top two drawers. I love it so much. Meanwhile, my gift bags and wrapping supplies are all stuffed in two giant gift bags. I definitely need to work on that. Wish I could find another matching dresser.

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    1. That's a great use for a dresser in an entryway! Sometimes I wish I would have purchased a more storage friendly option for our entryway.

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  10. To anonymous above--some times things so simple to some are real eye-openers to others.

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  11. Great idea! Love these kinds of dresser. I like the look and how they are so useful. Great choice indeed!

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  12. I too, have a delicate antique dresser. I store my very seldom used antique quilts in mine.

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  13. I love this idea! I have an old oak dresser much like this that is currently storing fabric, but I think it's going to need to change jobs!

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