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I will be the first to admit that I am a bit of a pack rat. I have a hard time getting rid of things that I just might “need” someday. Last year, when we were packing up our house to move, my husband just shook his head at the treasures we unearthed in our home office. “Is this an old spaghetti sauce jar?” he asked incredulously. “Yep and I have a great craft project planned for it. Just pack it the box please,” I responded. He still won’t let me live that one down. I also have a very hard time throwing away gift wrap items. At Christmas, I am always the one collecting the bows to be recycled for future holidays. Tissue paper and gift bags are always rescued and saved. I know that all this stuff creates clutter over time, but let’s face it – these items are expensive to buy new every time you need them.

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As we have gotten settled in our new house, I have been cleaning out the gift wrap supplies and throwing out things that were worn or beat up. It feels good to get this stuff organized so that it is easily accessible when I need it. I had a pretty impressive stash of tissue paper collected but was at a loss for how to store it in a way that allowed me to find it when I needed it. Should I put it away with the seasonal decorations? Red and green with the Christmas stuff, pastels with the Easter stuff, yellow, orange and black with Halloween? That didn’t seem practical. And tissue paper always seems to get wadded up and wrinkled if I store it in with the gift bags. As I sifted through my wrapping supplies, I just started sticking all of the tissue paper in a small shopping bag to keep it together until I could figure out how to best organize it.

After a while, it came to me that keeping all this tissue paper in its own gift bag was genius. I smoothed out the wrinkles and refolded it along the folds the best I could so that each sheet was a nice sized rectangle. Now I know that some people iron their used tissue paper with a warm iron to get it nice and smooth again. Although that appeals to my little perfectionistic heart, I am not quite that crazy nor do I have time for that! I stacked my tissue paper rectangles in the gift bag organized by color family. The bag can either be placed on end on a shelf or hung on a doorknob or hanger to be stored. It has been so nice to easily find my tissue paper stash and have the color I need at my fingertips. I am also more likely to put tissue paper away right when I “rescue” it.

Someday I hope to have one of those beautifully organized gift wrapping stations that you see in magazines or on Pinterest, but for now I will stick with my simple organizational strategies. I hope that you might find this strategy helpful too. And if you ever need a gift bag for a wedding or baby girl gift, just give me a holler. I’ve got you covered!

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The stress of gift-giving should end as soon as you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Wrapping presents? Well, that should be the fun part. Before you bust out your ribbon and bows this holiday, check out these organizers that’ll save space, time, and even a little stress. Then, take a look at these seriously impressive gift wrapping ideas for inspiration.

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Attach this clip-on wrapping paper holder and tape dispenser to your table (it’s adjustable!) for the easiest gift wrapping yet. Rumor has it that this is what the elves use in the North Pole .

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Separate your holiday wrapping supplies from the generic stuff with this festive red organizer, which holds up to 24 rolls of wrapping paper. There’s even enough room for all of your bags, ribbon, and tissue paper.

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Sort ribbon by color in a decorative box. The shallower the box, the easier it is to see your selection.

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Literally. This double-sided storage bag fits 12 rolls of wrapping paper on one side and bags, bows, and accessories on the other. Hang it in a closet so that you can reach both sides easily.

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Don’t tie your brown paper packages with plain ol’ string this year. Stash your ribbon assortment in this organizer for easy access. Plus, the shallow removable tray inside is perfect for holding scissors, pens, and gift tags.

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Swap tape, paper clips, or rubber bands for reclosable fasteners. Here’s why: Not only do they adjust as the rolls shrink but they also don’t rip the pretty paper.

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Every wrapping paper station needs an umbrella holder to hold wrapping paper, paper towel holders to corral ribbon spools, and a weighted tape dispenser for Insta-worthy gift wrapping.

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Just imagine the elves in the North Pole wheeling around one of these beauties. It seems likely, doesn’t it? Give off Buddy the Elf vibes by creating a one-stop shop with all of the gift-giving essentials.

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One stool, so many uses! Repurpose an old (or seriously cheap!) stool to help keep your wrapping paper and supplies tidy. Use the footrest rungs to hang tape, scissors, and tissue paper.

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Sure, this cart is an investment but you’ll use it all year long — and for many years to come. It holds up to 48 (!) rolls of wrapping paper, and gives you plenty of room to store all of the tinsel, ribbon, and labels you’ve collected over the years.

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Wrapping paper clutter has a way of getting out of control. When you need to stash supplies out of the way, add a hanger to a garment bag and tuck it into your closet until your next wrapping session.

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A plastic tote with a handle means you can wrap in any room in your house — or even grab your bin and go to a friend’s for a wrapping party. Suddenly, the possibilities are endless (and way more fun).

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We’re sure we don’t have to convince you about this one — after all, these glass jars are cute and useful. Keep gold pens in one, scissors in another . you get the picture.

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Use a towel bar with curtain clips to stash your rolls of wrapping paper in the back of your closet. Since the clips attach around the roll, the end of your paper won’t unravel.

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Cafe rods attached to peg boards hold your go-to paper for the season right at eye level — so you can pull and tear from your chair. After the holiday wraps up, use your pegboard to hold other essentials during the remainder of the year.

Think beyond the bow: Watch this video to learn unique ways to decorate your gifts.

Tame your unruly wrapping zone, and consider some of these ideas for organizing gift bags and rolls of wrapping paper.

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Keep your wrapping paper tidy and easily transportable inside of a rolling mesh laundry basket. Thanks to its height, you can see the different styles of paper popping out the top, and lockable casters will help make it kid and pet proof.

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Can you guess the ordinary object that stars in this extraordinary storage idea? Turn a kitchen stool upside down, add caster wheels and tie on fabric bags for a truly repurposed wrapping station. Make your own with this DIY tutorial .

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Outfit a large woven basket with wrapping paper, ribbon and name tags, then take it from room to room as needed, or simply leave it by the tree until it’s time to start wrapping your next round of gifts.

Don’t let Christmas clutter take over your home this month! Here are 10 simple and effective solutions you can use to keep your gift wrap supplies organized.

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Soon after the calendar page flips to December, my normally tidy home office turns into an organizational nightmare. During the holidays, this small space serves as both my storage area for gifts and my workspace for doing the actual wrapping, so it gets cluttered in a hurry!

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And while I can’t do much about the piles of gifts, I could stand to do a lot more in terms of keeping my gift wrap supplies organized. And since clutter affects pretty much everyone, I thought I’d come up with practical solutions that can help us all stay more organized this month!

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing 10 different organizing solutions for gift wrap supplies. Whether you’re interested in storage boxes, hanging organizers, store-bought products, or DIY methods, you’re sure to the perfect solution for you somewhere in this list! 🙂

10 Brilliant Ways To Organize Your Gift Wrap

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1. Hanging Swivel Storage

If you have some space to spare in a coat closet or bedroom closet, this hanging swivel storage bin a great option! At just 11” by 10” wide and 33” tall, the main compartment of this narrow bin is an ideal size for wrapping paper tubes (and can fit up to 20 at once!)

This bin also rotates on its hanger to give you easy access to a number of nifty compartments and storage slots. They’re designed to hold your tissue paper, ribbon, bows, gift tags, and scissors so everything is right where you need it!

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2. Hanging Gift Wrap Organizer

If you only have a few inches to spare on a closet rod, that’s more than enough for this hanging gift wrap organizer! It’s much more like a garment bag than a bulky bin, and features useful pockets for storing supplies.

It boasts a capacity of 8-10 rolls of wrapping paper, with various pockets for tissue paper, gift bags, and other supplies. This particular model also comes with a hook that fits over a door if you’d rather store it there!

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3. Wrapping Paper Storage Box

For a storage solution that fits under a bed or on a shelf, check out this wrapping paper storage box! It can accommodate about two dozen rolls of paper, so it’s great for those who like to keep a variety of options!

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The main compartment features a velcro divider for customizability, and the cover has pockets for tissue paper and other flat-ish supplies. It also comes with a 5-year warranty, meaning it’s likely built to last!

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4. Wrapping Paper Bag

Perhaps you have your gift bags, tissue paper, bows, tape, and scissors neatly organized already, and just want to tidy up your rolls of wrapping paper. This duffel-style wrapping paper bag offers a simple solution, and at under $10, an affordable one too!

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5. Everyday Garment Bag

If you have a spare garment bag at home, there’s no reason you couldn’t use it to organize your gift wrap! Rolls of wrapping paper fit neatly inside, and it takes up very little room in a closet.

For more quick and easy holiday hacks, be sure to check out the latest holiday edition of my “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series!

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6. Laundry Hamper

Another organizing solution you may already have at home is a compartmented laundry hamper. Their deep fabric bins can hold a lot of wrapping paper rolls!

The separate compartments are also handy for sorting wrapping paper by occasion. Use one bin for Christmas stuff, another for birthday-themed paper, and so on.

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7. Over-The-Door Pocket Organizer

With a few simple modifications, you can even use an over-the-door pocket organizer to store gift wrap! Just cut open the bottoms of some of the upper pockets and slide your wrapping paper through them.

Use the remaining intact pockets to store smaller supplies, and hang it over any door in the house!

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8. Tension Rod & Curtain Clips

Your gift wrap storage solution can even be as simple as a tension rod and few curtain clips! Just thread a few clips onto the tension rod, then hang it wherever you have room for it.

Use the clips to hold wrapping paper, tissue paper, and other supplies. Easy!

9. Plastic Bag Holder

Plastic bag dispensers like this one are surprisingly good for wrapping paper! Just make sure to hang it lower than you normally might to accommodate the length of the rolls.

You can even add a few simple S-hooks to the dispenser to store other gift wrapping supplies!

10. Back Of A Door

The back of a door is a great place to create your own custom gift wrap storage station. Command offers dozens of useful adhesive products that can help you hang, clip, and arrange your gift wrap supplies.

Check out their bathroom products for adhesive bins, rods, and other organizing products that can be repurposed for gift wrap!

How do you organize your gift wrap supplies?

I’m sure a lot of you already know how to make these, but whether you need a refresher course or you’ve never made them before I thought I would share how to make these Tissue Paper Pom Flowers. They’re inexpensive and easy to make which makes them the perfect decoration to add a lot of color to any party or celebration. Also very little supplies are needed, which is always a plus.

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Supplies needed:

Tissue Paper (various colors)
Wire
Scissors

I used the patterned paper in the packs and I love the way they turned out, but you can also just use the solid sheets in your flowers.

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Start with 10-12 sheets of paper. I put some of the polka dot blue paper in with the solid blue (2 solid, 1 dot, 2 solid, 1 dot, 2 solid, 1 dot, 1 solid). Stack the sheets on top of each other and start folding accordion style. Folds should be about 1 1/2″ wide. If you’re making smaller poms make the fold width about 1″ wide. Crease the folds well.

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Once you’re done, fold the tissue paper in half just to find the center of the paper.

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Cut a piece of wire 6″-8″ long. Put the wire in the center of the paper and twist the ends together to keep the wire in place. This will be in the center of the pom.

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Make a loop with the ends of the wire. Put ribbon, string or fishing line through the loop so you can hang the paper pom flower once it’s finished.

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Draw an arch or semi-circle at each end of the paper to form the petals. My petals all have rounded ends but pointy ends look really cute too. It’s easy to make the flowers smaller by cutting more paper off the ends. Remember if you do make the flowers smaller you will want to shorten the folds to 1″ instead of 1 1/2″, just for proportion.

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Use sharp scissors to cut through all the layers of the tissue paper.

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Once the ends are cut, fan the paper out like this.

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Then start pulling the papers up (towards the center) to form the pom, one sheet at a time. You need to be careful so you don’t tear the paper. Be gentle at first, you can make adjustments later. This picture is half a flower pom.

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Fluff and make adjustments to the flower poms until they look the way you like. The pink one is all solid sheets and the green one is 7 solids and 3 stripes.

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So fun! I want to make these for every party now. Aren’t these colors great?

Gift wrap storage can be a struggle. We’ve kept wrapping supplies a variety of ways, but could never easily find what we were looking for. Until now!

I’ve heard that some people have full gift-wrapping rooms in their homes. While I could understand thinking that is ridiculous, I find it a bit dreamy!

Just the thought of all that pretty organization makes me giddy. More importantly, I love the idea of giving gifts so often throughout the year that I need a whole room to stay on top of things. #lifegoals

Back in reality, we’re not planning an addition to the house for gift wrap storage anytime soon and I’m going to guess you aren’t either.

Today, I’ve got a solution to get the same effect in less space!

My friends at Interdesign asked me to use their products to organize my wrapping supplies and this might even be better than the sink organization project we did together!

This post is in partnership with Interdesign, but all selections and ideas are my own. Post also contains affiliate links and I may receive a small commission if you purchase items from this post.

I started with clear, lidded storage bins in 3 different sizes for everything except wrapping paper and bags. The transparent design makes it SO easy to find exactly what we need.

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To keep smaller items separated, I used Interdesign kitchen drawer organizers inside some of the containers. It’s a tight fit, but one extra-small and one small work without interfering with the lid.

Here’s what I put in each of my containers:
-White Tissue Paper
-Patterned Tissue Paper
-Small/Medium Boxes
-Gift Tags
-Cards
-Scissors & Tapes (Scotch Tape, Packing Tape, & Double-Sided Tape)
-Bows
-Gift Toppers (Also great to tie on a gift bag handle)

Organized bliss, right?

Since the containers have lids and are stackable, you could store them anywhere. PS: These would be AMAZING for toy storage as well.

I opted to temporarily take over the shelves in my office and create my dream wrapping zone!

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Consider commandeering your own floating shelves for Christmas, or pack up books from a few shelves of a bookcase for the month. It will be so worth it to have an organized way to wrap gifts as you bring them home.

Wondering how I worked wrapping paper and gift bags into this space?

I used a square hamper for gift wrap, with one little trick to keep things neat.

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When I put all the wrapping paper in the hamper, it wasn’t fully cooperating. There was a mini-avalanche each time I tried to remove a roll.

To help the rolls stay straight, I used two drawer organizers in the bottom. I had the organizers on hand, and they worked perfectly. However, since you can’t see them, this may be a good spot to try and save a little cash by testing something like cracker boxes. You just need something slightly wider than your thickest roll.

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Did you catch the sneak peek of the gift bag storage above? It might be my favorite!

We installed a towel bar and used these Interdesign shower curtain hooks!

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The T-bar in the front means you can put several bags on one hook without worrying about the bags coming off when you slide them on the rail.

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Ready to see how it all looks together?

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It took all my willpower to resist labeling those beautiful bins. I can see everything in them, so it wasn’t necessary for function. And this time of year, I need to practice saying no to things so I have more time to enjoy the Christmas season.

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Last year, I was pretty upset when we didn’t get the majority of the presents wrapped until the 23rd. It was such a short time of being able to enjoy them all under the tree. Plus, the night of the 23rd, we were frantically working on wrapping instead of enjoying hot cocoa and a Christmas movie.

Now, as we finish up shopping this weekend, we can wrap without hauling out random boxes of paper and supplies each night. And anything that reduces stress in December is a great idea!

If you haven’t seen the rest of the office, you can find it here!

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If you also need help keeping track of your gift-buying, make sure you head to my printable gift-tracker next!

It all started when you landed the white whale of sneakers – the 2016 Nike Air MAG Back to the Future. This beautiful leather and rubber foot holder gave you the sneaker collecting bug. Now you’re up to 100 pairs of shoes and they’re all overflowing your closet. So, you’re at a crossroads: do you store them or show them off? Storing them correctly will lengthen their life and preserve your investment. But showing them off would give you so much pride (and you’d be the envy of all your friends.)

First Things First

Before you decide on how to display or store your collection, you’ll want to go through it and determine which shoes you wear (or want to wear). Separate these out of your collection and keep them in the closet. The reason is, if you’re displaying your shoes, pulling pairs off your display will leave ugly gaps in the presentation. If you’re storing them, you won’t be wearing them because this will decrease their value.

Shoe Displays: A Work of Art

For the shoes you want to display, count the total you’ve decided you want to show off. Knowing this will help you determine the kind of display unit you plan on purchasing or constructing.

Thankfully, today there are a lot of displays that are designed specifically for sneaker display. Let’s take a look at them.

The Shoe Store

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This is a great design that shows off the shoes well through the use of individual shelves that are backlit to highlight the sneakers. The downside to this design is that you’re only displaying one shoe, meaning you’ll have to store the other one of each pair.

Modular Storage

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This design by Sole Stacks creates an aesthetic look that some might like. The angles of the shelves are interesting and the design is modular so you can add shelves as your collection grows.

Contemporary Design

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This is a very modern design from Ikea that can be expanded if needed and shows off the pair of shoes in broadside.

Sneaker Organization

Experts suggest that you also put effort into the organization of your sneaker display. You could combine like colors as well as like styles (high-tops, low-tops), or by sport (basketball, running, etc.) You want to be sure and leave room between each pair or individual shoe so that they don’t look like a cluttered mass.

Storing Your Sneakers

If you’ve decided to store your collection you’ll want to do it properly. When we say “properly” we mean keeping them in a protective environment that eliminates exposure to damaging UV rays, which can break down and crack the materials. You’ll also want to limit their exposure to air, which can cause oxidation and yellowing of the rubber. (if you have any shoes with this condition, you might consider using Angelus Sole Brightener.) The environment should be cool with relatively low humidity.

In terms of enclosures, the bare minimum storage option is the box they came in. If you do this, be sure to remove the paper that came with the shoes. This paper is slightly acidic and can cause your shoes to yellow. If you still want paper in your box, consider adding acid-free tissue paper.

The next level of storage is using purpose-built plastic shoe boxes. The Container Store carries a line of these that are made of polypropylene and polystyrene and have a drop-front opening with ventilation holes. Iris USA also offers easy-open shoe boxes that come in tall or wide orientations.

How to Organize Tissue PaperYou could also opt to use resealable bags to keep out as much as air as possible. Last, but not least, you can vacuum-seal or shrink-wrap your shoes to completely remove all air from the shoe environment. If using a heat gun or hair dryer, ensure that you only heat the plastic as much as needed, as overheating the shoe can damage it.

From the website SoleCollector.com, shoe collector Brooklynson suggests putting silica gel packs in your box or shoe to absorb any water vapor created from excess humidity. You’ll want to be sure that this doesn’t create conditions that are too dry, which can cause cracking. Some collectors also remove their sneakers from their airless enclosure every few months to let them breathe.

To Keep or Not to Keep…the Boxes

How to Organize Tissue PaperOne of the conundrums of a large sneaker collection is whether or not to keep the boxes. This is especially true if you’re going to be displaying a large portion of your collection. The downside to not keeping the boxes is that when you go to sell any of your prized kicks they become less valuable without the box. If you’ve gotten rid of the original box, you may be able to purchase boxes online for some pairs of shoes. Boxes for your Jordans can set you back a bit though. A recent sale on eBay for an Air Jordan XI Retro 11 Win Like ’96 sold for $40.

Where to Store your Sneakers

How to Organize Tissue PaperGiven the above advice regarding storing your collection in a cool, dry environment you’ll want to consider a place other than your basement, attic or garage. If you have an unused room in your home (and you have air-conditioning and heat) this will work. But most people don’t have this luxury. A better idea is to rent a storage unit. Many facilities now offer climate-controlled storage units that regulate temperature year-round. Plus, this will free up space in your home for, oh I don’t know, people? Although, we’ve heard of sneaker collectors that care more about their kicks than their relatives!

So, you’ve now got some options and ideas for storing or displaying your sneaker collection. Here’s hoping you land that pair of mint Air Force 1s soon.

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Paper Crafts – The Ultimate Craft Ideas

Paper crafts had been very popular for a while now. Most children start off doing paper crafts in school. The teachers commonly start the kid out with very simple paper crafting projects. This generally includes giving the child numerous color alternatives and also numerous shapes of construction paper to paintings with. Most teachers generally give the kid several thoughts to start with, however every toddler is encouraged to show their creativity on their crafting project.

This form of arts and crafts also can be very stimulating for adults. Some, use the paper crafting cloth for decorations, with the aid of placing them in a present basket or using them as gift wrap. While others use them for an American favored pastime known as scrap booking.

Creating a scrapbook may be very amusing if you permit your imagination run wild! This form of paper crafting is very smooth to do because you don-t should stick to a specific pattern. The main idea behind retaining a scrapbook is to preserve a magazine of your life or things which you like and present them in the arts and crafts shape. The other idea is to show your feelings, thoughts, and feelings with out writing a single word of text, but best the usage of paper and pics on paper.

Hey guys!! I have some super simple gift wrapping ideas that I’m hoping will help you guys get organized and save time this holiday: a space-saving DIY gift wrap station!

I’m sure you’ve seen tons of fabulous containers, hanging organizers, and back-of the-door storage solutions for organizing gift wrap all over Pinterest. I know I’ve drooled over them! But what if you don’t have the space? I like wrapping my gifts in the main living area of our home, but we don’t have any places where I could tuck a container out of sight, and none of the doors on our main floor would fit the hanging organizers.

I’d been using a dresser drawer to store everything in our entryway. It worked okay, but there were a few setbacks.

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It wasn’t very efficient:

  • All of my gift bags & tissue paper were jumbled up, and the bows took up a ton of space.
  • I didn’t have a designated spot for gift wrapping tools, so I was always digging around for tape or scrambling to find the scissors.
  • Plus, the loose bows & bag handles would get stuck whenever I opened & closed the drawer! Not cool, bows. Not. Cool.

How to Organize Tissue PaperOh, and there was one more little issue. My dresser drawers weren’t wide enough to stash regular rolls of wrapping paper, so they were just chillin’ on the floor under the dresser. Let me be clear — I needed a new system!

My New Gift Wrapping Ideas

I am proud to present to you the most simplified gift wrap organization on the planet:

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  • White kraft/drawing paper (and one mini roll of my fave wrapping paper from Target — I AM human, guys )
  • Tools & adornments (ribbon, tape, scissors, washi tape, etc.)
  • Tissue paper & gift bags

No need for 15 different rolls of wrapping paper — one big, cheap roll of kraft is all you need! Less fuss, less to worry about storing and organizing. Just a perfect, blank canvas that you can dress up any way you want. Mod, minimalist, girly, holiday — accessorize to your heart’s content! (I’ll show you some of my ideas later this week!) All of the little ribbons & decorations take up WAY less space that 15 different rolls of wrapping paper!

Gift Wrap Organizing Tips

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I sorted all of my gift bags & stuck them in plastic zippered bags to help keep them contained & tangle-free.

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I also grabbed a container and made a mini gift wrap station to store all of my ribbon, tape, and scissors. I stuck Velcro to the back of the scissors & tape so that it was very obvious exactly where they belonged. I have a bad habit of wandering off with things, so a clear reminder where I can easily just stick something back in its spot means that I’m more likely to stay organized.

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I ditched the bows & decided to use real ribbon. It takes up WAAAAY less space than the store-bought bows, and I think it’s just so pretty! I chose lime green because it’s gender neutral, coordinates with a lot of colors, and works with pretty much any occasion or holiday theme.

The binder clips are holding the ribbon in place so that I can easily grab what I need without tearing everything apart (or wandering off with my ribbon…). Oh, and yes, I totally geeked out and covered my binder clips with wrapping paper (I just used double stick tape, but you could prob use spray adhesive or mod podge, too).

Whew! That was a LOT of information! Here’s a quick little cheat sheet with all of my gift wrap organizing tips:

  • Instead of storing 15 different rolls of wrapping paper, buy a roll of white craft paper (you can also search for kraft paper or butcher paper). It goes with everything!
  • Ditch the store-bought bows and pick a few versatile colors of ribbon instead. It saves a ton of space!
  • Sort gift bags (by color or theme) and store them in plastic ziplock bags. No more tangled handles or crumpled edges!
  • Designate a set of tools specifically for gift wrapping and create a mini station for them. You can even use velcro or binder clips to help keep important items from “walking away” while you work.

That’s it! Happy wrapping! How do you keep everything together during such a busy season? I’m loving all of the tips you guys have been sharing so far!

Because a lone binder of tax forms and a tray of mail near the door is not going to cut it.

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Sorting through your email takes long enough — and that’s just one type of document we’re confronted with nowadays. Add tax forms, medical info, and even your kid’s many (many) drawings into the mix and your office desk — and everywhere else — can get buried quickly. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to curb the mess: by making a clearcut paperwork organizing system.

To help you get started, we’ve found the best paper organization ideas that will keep everything sorted (and your mind sane) when it comes to finally paying the cable bill. These ideas — from desktop letter trays and drawers to color-coded binders and personalized memory boxes — will make sure every piece of paper has a happy place to land. And for even more ways to never lose anything again, check out these easy desk organization ideas.

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The best-selling file folder rack on Amazon offers five tilted trays for your biggest projects, plus a bottom shelf for other desktop essentials.

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If you want something a little more low-profile (with a chic wood frame to boot), these desktop drawers have two spots for labels — perfect for creating an inbox/outbox system.

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Fabric boxes help hide the visual clutter that inevitably invades home offices. The Container Store’s linen boxes come in multiple sizes, so you have options depending on whether you want to store recipe cards, photos, printed documents, or other paper mementos.

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Need a box you can fit hanging files in? This steel-handled container comes in multiple sizes for both letter and legal paper. The sides also unsnap and fold flat when you don’t need it, and the extra-deep lid leaves room for tabs too.

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If you know you won’t need to reference the materials on the reg, turn to sleek magazine files for a more stylish bookshelf. These ones with leather label slots come in sets of six.

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Not only is this tried-and-true system pretty to look at, it’ll also make hunting through papers way faster. All you have to do is look for the green folders when you want to find your tax info or blue for medical docs.

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More than 1,400 Amazon customers have given this vertical file folder a 4.5-star rating. “I purchased this to use as a part of our family’s kitchen ‘command center,'” one reviewer wrote. “I wanted something that was functional, low-profile, and not an eyesore. This organizer is PERFECT. There are enough pockets for each of our four family members, plus a few more that I’ve designated for bills and other correspondence.”

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If you want something a bit sturdier than plastic, this mail file combines distressed wood and galvanized metal pockets big enough to hold whatever comes its way.

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Keep your registration, insurance, and car maintenance information all in the same place. Five interior pockets stow important auto papers, and an included pen and pad give you a spot to jot down the last time you took the car to the shop.

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And if you’re a true road warrior, a clip-on organizer will save work documents from getting crumpled down in the foot well. (The extra cup holder never hurts either.)

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Keep pregnancy reports, pediatrician records, immunizations, and your little one’s ID certifications (you don’t want to lose that social security card!) safe and together in a plastic briefcase. The folders come with stick-on labels, or you can customize your own.

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Don’t let sentimental items get mixed up on your desk. Dedicate a bin to each of your children and divide it up by school age — preschool, middle school, and even high school.

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Your coworker’s baby shower? Your family’s holiday gift lists? Just because you won’t need to reference these papers forever doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Create files for upcoming events so you stay on top of what’s currently happening in your life.

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Don’t just dump papers in your filing system and then forget to look at them for the next month. Smart categories like “read,” “file,” and “this week” provide clear action steps for your bills and correspondence.

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Organizing your papers in a few small binders makes it easier to tote one or two around with you to appointments. Try storing them upright and organized on the counter with the help of a dish-drying rack.

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Paper Crafts – The Ultimate Craft Ideas

Paper crafts had been very popular for a while now. Most children start off doing paper crafts in school. The teachers commonly start the kid out with very simple paper crafting projects. This generally includes giving the child numerous color alternatives and also numerous shapes of construction paper to paintings with. Most teachers generally give the kid several thoughts to start with, however every toddler is encouraged to show their creativity on their crafting project.

This form of arts and crafts also can be very stimulating for adults. Some, use the paper crafting cloth for decorations, with the aid of placing them in a present basket or using them as gift wrap. While others use them for an American favored pastime known as scrap booking.

Creating a scrapbook may be very amusing if you permit your imagination run wild! This form of paper crafting is very smooth to do because you don-t should stick to a specific pattern. The main idea behind retaining a scrapbook is to preserve a magazine of your life or things which you like and present them in the arts and crafts shape. The other idea is to show your feelings, thoughts, and feelings with out writing a single word of text, but best the usage of paper and pics on paper.

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Adding wrap to a plant pot should reflect your personal style in wrapping design. Also consider choosing a color combination that complements the home of the recipient. You definitely aren’t limited to paper or tissue when wrapping plant pots. Try sections of fabric or cellophane to create a unique and personal look for your plant gifts.

Create a thoughtful gift for your children to give by planting forced bulbs or seeds in a plastic plant container.

Potted plants allow individuals to give a lasting gift to friends and relatives. Adding a special touch to this gift involves creating a simple wrap for your potted plant to hide the unsightly green or black plastic pot. Let’s look at how to wrap a plant pot to create a beautiful gift that will last considerably longer than cut flowers.

Wipe off the outside of the plant pot with the paper towels to remove any soil or water from the plastic. Cleaning the outside of the pot will prevent soiling of the decorative tissue or wrapping paper.

Unroll the wax paper onto the table and set the pot in the center. Use scissors to cut a square section of the waxed paper around the outside of the pot so it reaches to the pot rim. The wax paper shouldn’t limit visibility when wrapping the plant. Be careful not to puncture or tear the wax paper since it functions as waterproofing for the plant pot.

  • Potted plants allow individuals to give a lasting gift to friends and relatives.
  • Be careful not to puncture or tear the wax paper since it functions as waterproofing for the plant pot.

Unroll the wrapping paper or tissue onto the table. Cut a section of wrapping paper 3 times the size of the pot. Tissue paper comes in pre-cut sections so pull up the sides of the tissue to ensure it covers the sides of the plastic pot.

Measure and cut a length of ribbon, twine or elastic cord that wraps completely around the plastic plant pot. Allow enough length to tie a bow at the end.

Pull sections of the paper up one at a time to gather the wrapping paper/tissue around the pot.

Loop the cut twine, ribbon or elastic cord around the plant and tie with a pretty bow.

Get organized. Save time. Get more done.

Top 3 Tips for Managing Paper

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October is National Clean Out Your Files Month! Woo hoo!

It’s also Improve Your Home Office Week and National Home Based Business Week. Go entrepreneurs!

In celebration of these outrageously fun holidays, here are my three quick paper management tips to kickstart you:

1. Divide and conquer:

Have a specific spot for your Action/To Do papers. Have a filing cabinet close by for those you want to file. And, have that recycling bin and shredder ready and raring to accept more!

2. Process papers on a daily basis:

Why do we brush our teeth everyday? If we didn’t, we’d suffer all sorts of maladies – not to mention that people wouldn’t want to be around us. In other words, life would get miserable. That’s the same thing that will happen if we let our papers pile up – life will get miserable. It sounds counterintuitive, but the more you hate paper, the better it would be for you to process your papers daily so that you’re dealing with a half-inch stack of paper instead of a foot-high pile at the end of the month. Brush your teeth daily; process your papers daily.

3. Set up your filing system by asking yourself what papers you need to retrieve:

For many of us, we don’t actually need to retrieve many of our papers. We just keep them for tax purposes. For those types of papers, toss them into an accordion or hanging file system with January – December slots. Easy as pie. If you’re keeping them for memories, drop them into a file or box for each person in the family. For the papers you do need to retrieve, divide up the stack of papers on your desk into categories. Each one of those categories should become a file.

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We all have at least one of those dreaded, jam-packed drawers filled to the brim with . what even is it? Half a deck of playing cards? A silicone straw to help save the turtles? Does this pen have ink in it? Is this a calendar from . 2017?

The junk drawer is where the things we can’t bear to throw away live. It’s literally, as the name suggests, a drawer for junk. Can it be salvaged? I think so.

At the beginning of quarantine, when I thought we’d be locked down for three weeks maximum, I made a to-do list for myself. I hoped that keeping myself busy with projects (replanting plants, bleaching all of my whites, flipping the mattress) would help the time pass faster. It absolutely did not, but revamping my junk drawer did help ease my mind (relatively speaking).

Here are three easy steps you can follow to organize the messiest drawer in your home — whether it’s in your kitchen, your bedside table or even your bathroom.

1. Be precise with your measurements.

My junk drawer is the same size as my silverware drawer, about 24 inches by 20 inches. I began my search with Pinterest and it seems I wasn’t the only one with this brilliant idea. The top suggestions? Buy organizing bins (duh) or make your own with tissue boxes (unfortunately, I am not crafty).

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The most important thing to remember when buying drawer bins is to measure very specifically; as in to the millimeter. You want bins that will perfectly fit. Not that will basically fit, not that will sort of fit, not that won’t fit. They have to fit. Measure! It’s an extra step but it really will save you time, money and the headache of returning bins that don’t work for your drawer.

Poppin Accessory Trays

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Dark Grey Poppin Accessory Trays

I bought two sets of these Poppin trays from the Container Store, but you could probably check your local dollar store’s offerings and come back with something similar. I had hoped to be able to mix and match the bins a bit to see what works, but before I could do that, I had to take inventory of what I had in the drawer.

2. Decide what actually belongs in your junk drawer.

The big trick is changing the function of the drawer. Organizing your junk, I have learned in the past, is like a Band-Aid for a bullet wound.

This time around, I decided that this drawer would be best used to store tape, scissors, pens, paper clips, rubber bands, matchbooks and fridge magnets. That meant old calendars, scrap paper, first-aid supplies, random kitchen tools and junk mail needed to either find a real home in my house or be tossed for good.

Goodbye, old calendars and scrap paper — they went to the recycling bin. I found a mostly unused notebook in the junk drawer (because for some reason I thought maybe I would need to take phone messages?) and the first-aid supplies went into the, wait for it, first-aid kit. The random kitchen tools went in their own spot in the silverware drawer. The junk mail was sorted and recycled. Every pen, marker and pencil was tested on scrap paper to determine if it actually worked. No stone, or Post-it, was left unturned.

3. Create an intuitive system with what’s left.

After assigning a new home to all superfluous items, organizing the bins was easy. If you’re super determined and have a label maker, you can make tags to indicate exactly what goes where. If you live on your own and don’t need to broadcast your organization system to the rest of the household, you can probably skip the label maker.

No matter which direction you take your junk organization, your drawer — and your sanity — will thank you.

Outsmart the paper avalanche.

Shoved into drawers or heaped into piles, snail mail and documents can quickly crowd a workspace-and stifle productivity. While the rest of your home may be easier to sort KonMari style, we’re betting bills and photocopied forms don’t quite bring the same joy. But that’s no reason to put off decluttering your paper piles for another year. Here’s how to do it once and for all:

FOLLOW THE “TOUCH ONCE” RULE

As the age-old, goldemn paperwork rule explains, for every sheet you come across, either act on it, file it, or recycle it. While it may seem easier to convince yourself that you’ll “just do it later”, this also has the tendency to create an even longer to-do list in the end. And if this rule seems like too much to handle just yet, the productivity coaches at Gateway Productivity, suggest an “Every time you touch it, move it forward” mentality.

KNOW WHAT TO SAVE-AND FOR HOW LONG

Often times, we end up saving everything simply because we don’t know what we’ll need and what can be tossed. In her new handbook, “The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything”, Martha suggests saving paid utility bills, annual investment statements, and copies of checks for non-tax-deductible items for one year. Any IRS tax records, bank statements, and records of deductible expenses should be kept for up to seven years (IRS-recommended). Contracts, home-improvement receipts, mortgage records, and deeds should be kept for as long as they’re active. Items like marriage papers, education records, and passports should be kept indefinitely.

When it’s time to toss, shred any papers that list your name, address, or phone or social-security numbers; old insurance policies; and receipts (with the exception of those for larger purchases that have warranty policies in place). Bonus recycling points: while shredded paper can be mixed with the rest of your household recycling, it also makes a great addition to your compost!

GO DIGITAL

Minimize the amount of paperwork you have to sift through-and be more eco-friendly-by reducing it at the source. Switch to online billing for credit cards, cell service, utilities, and bank statements. Then, scan any must-haves document with apps that use your phone camera, such as Scanbot or CamScanner. These apps allow you to enhance, annotate, and crop documents; bundle them into a single PDF; and share them via email or social media.

You can then organize these digital files through designated folders on your computer or upload them to Cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. These services, contrary to popular belief, are safe to use, thanks to redundancies-systems store multiple copies of data, all in different places-and user-specific encryption. For extra protection against hacking, set up two-step verification. This will require you to enter both your password and a code sent to an additional device (like your phone) to achieve access to Cloud-stored documents.

CENTRALIZE YOUR PAPERS

The more places your papers are scattered, the greater the chances are something gets lost. Whether it’s a shelf in your home office or a filing cabinet under your desk, try and keep everything in one place. This not only helps maintain an order, but will make your workspace less of an obstacle for actually working. That said, consider a few small touches that can make the space more appealing, like cheery stationery essentials and a good work lamp. Shredder an eyesore? Hide it in a tall basket. And don’t forget to spring for a comfortable chair-you don’t need another reason to avoid the task.

KEEP THE ROUTINE GOING

After you’ve set up the decluttering system that works best for you, vow to actually follow through with it. This can be as easy as setting aside a little time each week (try sticking to one designated day) where you sift through the week’s worth of paperwork, filing and purging as you go.

Working from home can be super comfortable and productive — unless your home office is a disaster. Follow these 10 simple tips to help declutter your space.

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PURGE PAPER

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It’s easy to let papers pile up in your home office. Get control of the clutter before it takes over your space. Go through every piece of paper in your office by using the System of Three: shred/toss it, file it or take action from it. File your important paperwork in a color-coded filing system.

COLOR-CODE YOUR FILING SYSTEM

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Create a Mail Organizer with File Folders

Everything needs a home, even stacks of mail — get things under control by creating a mail organizer. Make labeled folders for incoming and outgoing mail, mail to file, bills and for every family member. A folder organizer or a box can serve as a handy holding place for your newly created mail folders.

A well-organized filing system is a good indication of a functional office space. To organize, separate the filing system into five color-coded categories, and label each hanging folder according to your needs.

GREEN: Financial
RED: Medical
ORANGE: Personal
YELLOW: Insurance
BLUE: House

CREATE A MAIL STATION

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Bins Used to Sort Mail

Simple office bins are attached to a slat wall that can be used to sort incoming and outgoing mail.

In order to maintain control of the paper coming into the home office, create a mail station. Make a folder for incoming and outgoing mail, mail to file, bills and a folder for every family member. As soon as the mail comes in, file it in the mail station. Then once a week, take a few minutes and go through each folder.

10 Stylish Mail Organizers That’ll Help You Avoid the Annoying Junk Mail Pileup

CREATE A PRINTING STATION

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DIY Fauxdenza

Build a fauxdenza for the home office to conceal the hefty printer, miscellaneous chargers and immense amount of paperwork. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Designate a space in your office to house the printer and printer supplies. If you have a wireless printer, it doesn’t need to go on your desk. By placing it in a cabinet or other area in your office, you will gain much more space on your desk for other items.

STORE IN CONTAINERS

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Drawer Divider in Organized Home Office

Drawers can quickly become a disorganized mess. Separate small items like paper clips and pushpins with a drawer divider. When each item has its own place, keeping things organized is easy!

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Store all your office supplies in containers, drawers, baskets and bins. Putting all these supplies out of sight will give your office a decluttered look.

USE A LABEL MAKER

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Organized Labeled File Folders

Depending on the amount of paper clutter, you could use a small and simple 12-tabbed file folder or an entire office-style filing cabinet. Start by clearing off the kitchen table and creating stacks of the same type of paper or mail: car insurance, health insurance, utilities, taxes, credit cards, bank statements, receipts, etc. It may be easier to combine certain areas and create broader subjects like bills, insurance and personal. The important thing is to have a go-to file for each subject for reference. Anything that requires a response in the near future should be placed in an “action stack” that will eventually be filed away once that particular bill is paid or form is filled out. For any papers you don’t find file-worthy, create a “shred and recycle” stack.

With Arrangeable Text Boxes

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  • B.A., History, Armstrong State University

Any experienced writer will tell you that the organization of ideas on paper is a messy process. It takes time and effort to get your thoughts (and paragraphs) into a sensible order. That is perfectly normal! You should expect to deconstruct and rearrange your ideas as you craft an essay or long paper.

Many students find it easiest to work with visual cues in the form of pictures and other images to get organized. If you are very visual, you can use images in the form of “text boxes” to organize and outline an essay or big research paper.

The first step in this method of organizing your work is to pour your thoughts onto paper in several text boxes. Once you’ve done this, you can arrange and rearrange those text boxes until they form an organized pattern.

Getting Started

One of the most difficult steps in writing a paper is the very first step. We may have many great ideas for a certain assignment, but we can feel pretty lost when it comes to getting started with the writing — we don’t always know where and how to write the beginning sentences. To avoid frustration, you can start out with a mind dump and just dump your random thoughts onto paper. For this exercise, you should dump your thoughts onto paper in small text boxes.

Imagine that your writing assignment is to explore symbolism in the childhood tale of “Little Red Riding Hood.” In the samples provided to the left (click to enlarge), you will see several text boxes that contain random thoughts concerning events and symbols in the story.

Notice that some of the statements represent big ideas, while others represent minor events.

Imagine, using paper to organize and manage your to-do lists! Yes, it’s possible – and may actually work even better than any electronic system. Get-It-Done Guy explains how to use a simple notebook to easily keep track of your lists.

How to Organize Tissue PaperWhen helping my clients change careers, start companies, or advance in their jobs, I uncover the actions they need to take in order to really live their life’s full potential. They then eagerly jot those actions down on a nearby piece of paper … and never do them because they don’t remember which paper they jotted them down on. So one thing we often end up doing is getting them settled on an effective way to capture and manage their to-do’s.;

As you know from my episode using one master system to organize your life, I’m in favor of using a single master task list. Otherwise, you end up with a gazillion sticky notes, torn napkins covered with scribbles, and even notes written in ball point pen on your forearm. (I’m kidding. You’re a grown up. Don’t do that.) You end up missing important tasks or working on the wrong ones. Keeping your tasks together lets you view them and choose your next action in the context of everything you need to do.

Paper Rocks!

I prefer paper for my task lists. Electronic ones don’t work for me. They get longer than a screen and I never scroll down. Psychologically, I know the list is safely in the Cloud, being watched over by the benevolent caring eyes of the National Security Agency. So I put it out of my brain forever – which is exactly the opposite of what a task list is for.

A paper list lets you scan the items more quickly. And when you fill up your current page or notebook, you have to copy tasks to a new list. Copying forces you to review every item and discard whatever isn’t worth the effort to copy.

Keep Home and Work Separate (Hopefully)

Paper lists are harder to manage, though. My client yesterday noticed the current task lists includes “buy new popover baking tins” (Popovers! Yum! I just love popovers!) as well as “insert logo into client presentation.” This is not useful. While scanning the list at work, the very mention of popovers fill my client’s mind with images of hot, steaming, buttery goodness that … that … er, what was I saying? Ah yes, buttery goodness that no branding project can compete with.

A paper list lets you scan items more quickly.

Home and work to-do lists don’t belong together. But they don’t belong in two separate paper notebooks. That’s awkward, and doubles the chances of losing one, having a panic attack and ending up in the hospital.

My client’s solution turned out to be keeping both lists in the same notebook. But not by intermingling them! We wrote work tasks on the right-hand pages, starting at the front of the book. Then we flipped the notebook end-to-end, and wrote the home list on the right hand pages from the last page going forward.

Voila! Two completely separate lists living in one notebook. Just like America’s political parties. My client can see just home or just work tasks by choosing which side of the notebook to open.

How to Organize Kid’s School Papers

Organize kids’ school papers and memorabilia by creating a simple system that eliminates clutter while still preserving your special memories!

Kids’ paperwork can be one of the trickiest areas to organize, simply because there is just so much of it!

I only have two kids (who are in 4th and 1st grades currently), and I feel like they bring home at least a tree’s worth of paper each day. (Okay, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is a lot!)

It has taken me a few tries, but I’ve finally come up with a system that I LOVE and that is working well for us. Before I dive into our exact system though, I want to share my #1 rule for organizing kids’ school papers:

Have a plan.

That’s it. It can be my plan or it can be another blogger’s plan or it can be a plan that you came up with on your own, but it’s important to have some sort of system in place for dealing with school paperwork.

WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A PLAN FOR ORGANIZING SCHOOL PAPERWORK

At the most basic level, having a plan is important so that I don’t accumulate piles and piles of papers that I don’t know what to do with.

I hate feeling overwhelmed by clutter, particularly clutter that seems important to keep but doesn’t really have a great place to “live.” This happens all too easily with kids’ papers.

Having a plan is also important to set expectations for everyone involved. Otherwise the kids expect to keep every piece of paper with a tiny scribble on it, I don’t want to have to deal with fits all the time, and there’s this constant tension of feeling like I have to keep everything but also hating that my space feels so cluttered.

(Can you tell we spent a brief period of time without a plan? 😂That is why I feel so passionate about having a paperwork plan in place!)

HOW TO ORGANIZE KIDS’ SCHOOL PAPERS – OUR PLAN

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Okay, I will now get off my soapbox about needing to have a paperwork plan and share the actual paperwork plan that is working for us!

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Make beautiful bleeding tissue paper art for any season! You can make fall silhouettes or add flowers on top for spring. We love the effect that the bleeding tissue paper makes. And kids will enjoy making their design and spraying the tissue paper!

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This is a fun art activity for kids that they will want to do again and again! There are so many possibilities for it too – make your own design on top or draw with black markers or paint to create some contrast with the bleeding tissue backdrop.

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And don’t forget to check out our NEW bookFun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials is bursting with easy crafts for kids like this one. But not only that, it is all recycled crafts for kids too – paper rolls, egg cartons, cardboard, popsicle sticks, jars and more!

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Watch the full tutorial video here!

Here are the Supplies You’ll Need to Make This Bleeding Tissue Paper Art

Bleeding Tissue Paper SquaresNOTE: not all tissue paper will work for this craft. You can find some tissue paper that will bleed that isn’t labelled bleeding tissue paper, so please test it out first. Otherwise Amazon has different kinds of bleeding tissue paper.

You can get square bleeding tissue paper here.

Or you can get regular large sheets of bleeding tissue paper here.

White cardstock – I like a thick paper like this one (90 lb) so that the water does not seep through the paper too much

Leaf Template – see directions below for how to get the free leaf templates we used to place on top of our bleeding tissue paper art

Spray bottle with water

Directions to Make Bleeding Tissue Paper Leaf Art

1. First start by layering your tissue paper onto a piece of white cardstock. I like a thick paper like this one (90 lb) so that the water does not seep through the paper too much.

NOTE: You need bleeding tissue paper to do this project. Not all tissue paper will work for this craft. You can find some tissue paper that will bleed that isn’t labelled bleeding tissue paper, so please test it out first. Otherwise Amazon has different kinds of bleeding tissue paper. You can get square bleeding tissue paper here. Make sure the type of tissue paper says it is “bleeding tissue paper”.

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2. Using a spray bottle, thoroughly spray all of the tissue paper with water. You want it to be soaked through enough to allow some of the dye from the tissue paper to bleed onto your cardstock.

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You’ll want the paper to be wet but not have puddles of water dripping off.

Also make sure to protect your surfaces for where you leave it to dry. Place a plastic covering over your table or protective mat as the bleeding dye from the tissue paper will stain surfaces. If you do find some has come off use a magic eraser to remove it.

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Once dry, you can peel off the tissue paper. Save the tissue paper for another project like scrunch tissue paper art!

Now you can add your silhouette cut-out on top of your art! We have 3 leaf designs you can get here. Print them off and then cut out the center to create a silhouette.

Glue these on with a glue stick like Elmers Xtreme glue (extra-strong) so that it does not create glue bubbles in the top paper.

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We love how easy this activity is! Kids can create their own silhouette image to place on top too. These would look amazing on a bulletin board or simply placed on a wall for decorative art!

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There are a lot of stressors that come with being self-employed or running a company. Managing and organizing business paperwork shouldn’t be one one of them.

Far too many entrepreneurs find themselves buried under documents. There are contracts, invoices, reports, spreadsheets, employment applications and records, insurance policies, financial statements. The list goes on. From the important to the minuscule, the sea of paperwork seems never-ending.

Bringing some order to your business documents gives you increased clarity about what you have (and what you’re missing) and a greater sense of control over the administrative side of your business. Plus, you can stress less when you actually need to find something.

It’s time to establish a system that you can stick with. Here are seven steps to transform your paperwork management from messy to meticulous.

1. Get the materials you need

The last thing you want is to scatter all of your papers across your office only to realize you don’t have what you need to make order out of the chaos.

Before so much as touching a page, ensure you have access to what you’ll need. These items can include:

  • Shredder
  • File folders
  • Filing cabinet
  • Label maker or labels
  • Safe for important documents

What you require can vary based on your existing system, business, and goals. The point is to just make sure you’re prepared for the task before diving right in.

2. Create a system

Consider this your golden rule of organizing paperwork: The fewer times you touch a piece of paper, the better.

That means you should think through a system of how you want to file those documents before you start sorting through them.

How do you want to categorize them? There are numerous different options including:

  • By client or customer
  • By year or specific time frames
  • By category (finances, hiring, legal)
  • By type of document (contracts, invoices, financial statements)

A good filing system should be intuitive. So, if you’re struggling to figure out the best way to approach this, ask yourself: If I were looking for this item in the future, what would I first search under?

Whatever system you establish for your physical files, use the same one for your computer files. Doing so will help you identify the most user-friendly approach to sorting and separating those documents. Your future self will thank you.

3. Start with one area at a time

You probably have business documents tucked away a lot of different places. Perhaps there’s your filing cabinet, the growing pile on your desk, your tangled web of computer files, plus all of the important paperwork that’s hanging out in your email inbox.

This can feel overwhelming, so make the process more manageable by starting with one area at a time.

Tackle that filing cabinet first before moving onto the loose papers scattered around your office. Doing so means you’ll conquer this project methodically, avoid missing anything important, and maintain a cohesive system as you move through each of these storage locations.

4. Purge unneeded paperwork

Getting rid of paperwork can inspire a hefty amount of paranoia. How do you know for sure you’ll never need this again? What if the ATO shows up and demands to see that receipt from 2001?

That concern is relatable (albeit, not totally valid). But it also means you’re at risk of clogging up your space with all sorts of unnecessary records.

How can you tell what should stay and what should go? Exact requirements can vary based on the type of document, but generally the “seven-year rule” is a good one to abide by.

Anything that dates back more than seven years can likely be discarded without causing any issues for your business.

5. Keep accessibility top of mind

Once you’ve removed unnecessary clutter, it’s time to file what’s left using the system and categories you established above.

As you’re putting physical papers away, consider how accessible you need them to be.

Perhaps that booklet about your insurance policy can be relegated to a locked filing cabinet—you almost never look at it. But maybe you want the client contracts that you reference frequently to be within easy reach in an accordion file in your desk drawer.

Your filing system should help you, rather than create extra hassles. Making these considerations means you’ll store things in a way that makes the most sense for your daily work life. At the same time, rigorously implement the organizational system you selected above.

6. Backup your files digitally

There’s way less physical paper involved in business ownership than there used to be, but you likely still have plenty of tangible documents that you’re keeping stored.

This step is totally optional, but it can help you to give you some peace of mind that you’ll always be able to access the information that you need.

For all of the physical paperwork that you’re storing, consider creating a digital backup by scanning important documents to be stored in the cloud or on an external hard drive, or adding your receipts in QuickBooks.

Name your digital files something obvious. Having a bunch of documents named “attachment_93bsg03ow” will make it impossible to find what you need. Use a straightforward file name so that you can search for and find the document you need without opening the files themselves.

It takes time at first, but it also means that if the worst were to happen—like a fire, flood, or some equally-disastrous event—you won’t lose everything.

7. Establish an upkeep plan

You did it. You organized all of your paperwork. Most likely your first thought is something along the lines of, “Ugh, I hope I never have to do that again!”

Here’s the good news: You won’t have to, provided you’re committed to maintaining the system you just established.

It’s daunting to only address your paperwork when it’s an unmanageable mess. So, if you really don’t want to go through that process again, set aside a little bit of time each week or month when you can get caught up on any paper-related organization.

Physically schedule these paperwork catch-up sessions in your calendar so you don’t forget! Then, honor them like you would any other appointment or commitment. This way you’ll stay on top of it, and avoid having to tackle this same hours-long undertaking in the near future.

Less mess, less stress with organized business paperwork

Keeping your documents in order is one of those business tasks that slides to the back burner—until you desperately need to find something and curse your lack of a system.

Sorting through your paperwork requires an upfront time investment, but will be well worth it in the end when you revel in your increased organization and reduced stress levels. Rely on these seven steps, and you’ll develop a system that makes it easy to find what you need—right when you need it.

Introduction

For new aspiring entrepreneurs, tissue paper business in India is a highly profitable business that can be started with just low capital investment.

According to the statistics provided by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry, there is a significant increase of 10% in the overall paper industry. In the previous year, its market accounts for 20.37 million tonnes and the numbers are ever-increasing.

Tissue paper business contributes significantly towards the growth and success of the paper industry in India. There are different types of Tissue paper that includes tissue napkins, paper towels, toilet tissue, facial tissue, sanitized tissue, etc. The demand for tissue paper is growing at an accelerated pace because of the rising consciousness of people towards health and hygiene etiquette and also because of its huge demand in the international market. Statistics show a positive sign for the paper industry as it is expected to touch 25 million tonnes in 2019-20.

The numbers are more than enough to answer the question is tissue paper business profitable?

It is a bankable opportunity to catch hold of by engaging in tissue making business. Tissue paper business is on the rise because it is no longer limited to restaurants and hotels. It is increasingly used in homes, in offices, clubs, medical clinics, hospitals and even by individuals on the run as a pocket-size packet for emergency usage.

It is getting all the more boost because of its environment-friendly characteristics. It is a biodegradable paper. After disposal, it doesn’t lead to landfills, it doesn’t affect the porosity of land, doesn’t lead to groundwater table depletion, doesn’t affect the health of animals, food crops, it doesn’t leave any harmful residue after it is completely biodegraded.

To start a tissue paper manufacturing business, you don’t have to invest massive capital investment. You can start your tissue paper business on a small scale also. The profit margin in the tissue paper business in India is considerably better. If you remain focused and serious in delivering high-quality product then you have better prospects of serving the international market.

Let’s get started with a Tissue Paper Manufacturing Business Plan.

Table of Contents

1. Make a Business Plan

Decide the scale of operation, calculate upon the type of machinery and equipment required, get the information about the raw material and equipment from the market, determine the source of raw material, know your competitors, know their strategy and conduct a feasibility study before starting.

2. Registration

To start tissue paper making business, the first thing that you need to do to get your manufacturing firm registered, get the license of operating your plant, get the trade license, get required certificates from pollution board or other operating authorities, do the Aadhar registration, sales tax registration or GST registration. Register under MSME to obtains the benefits from government schemes. If thinking of exporting then get IEC number.

3. Location

Determining the right location is important, keeping in mind that the location complies with the government rules and regulations, it should also be at the place where transportation of raw material and finished goods can be easily carried out. Your tissue paper business plant should be equipped with all the basic amenities of electricity, water, and basic furnished area.

4. Procurement of machinery and raw material

For tissue paper manufacturing, the equipment that is required is as follows: cutting machine, core gluing machine, embossing unit, jumbo reel winding machine, band saw cutter, perforating unit and the raw material required is paper, Gillis, wrapping paper, cellophane, jumbo reels.

5. Availability of labor

You should ensure the proper availability of labor. Labour should be given prior training and practice of the manufacturing process. Labor plays an important role in the smooth running of business operation, falling in which your tissue paper manufacturing in India may come to a standstill.

Now that we have talked about the tissue paper manufacturing business plan. Now, we need to talk about the process of tissue manufacturing.

The first step is the preparation of paper pulp. It is done by mixing of wood pulp and fiber. After applying the bleaching process and then rinse it afterward. Then you can apply dye of different colors to make colored tissue papers or you can just make white tissue paper.

The next step is to drain out all the moisture from the paper pulp. It is done by the pressing process. Make sure that the pulp is dried.

The third step is an extension of the second one. This step is also about drying. Here the pulp is dried by the process of healing through the steam. Through this step, the tissue paper gets the desired thickness.

Fourth and the ultimate step includes the cutting down of the long sheets of tissue paper into the desired sizes.

Now the product is ready to be packed and send into the market. Pay attention to the packaging of the product by using the innovative and creative design of the packaging. It should be attractive and appealing enough to attract the customers and make them purchase it.

Steps to find important records quickly and easily

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Most people don’t think about an important document until they need it. If your papers are spread out everywhere and you don’t have a central organization system in your home office, you can waste a lot of time and energy searching for things. You might even lose something.

Getting Started

With a few simple steps, you can organize your important paper documents: You’ll need a small two-drawer filing cabinet or a portable hanging file box, hanging files in six different colors, manila third-cut, top-tab folders, and an optional fireproof safe. Or you can purchase a large binder and tab inserts. Now you’re ready to start.

Gather Your Documents

Before you can organize all of your important documents, you must locate them. It is sometimes easier said than done. Check your home office drawers and the papers stacked on your desk or table. Check the piles of paper cluttering your kitchen countertops as well as kitchen drawers and baskets. Look on your bedroom dresser and nightstand. Last, but not least, check your purse or briefcase for important documents you are accidentally carrying around.

Categorize

The most important documents fall into one of the following six categories. Sort all of your gathered documents as follows:

  1. Home and property records: Mortgage, property deeds, home improvement projects and receipts, appliance manuals and warranties, property tax information, home insurance policies, and manuals
  2. Auto records: Titles, maintenance records, insurance policies and information, loan information, and payment records
  3. Health records: insurance policies, health insurance benefits manuals, explanation of medical benefits, doctor bills, prescription lists, flexible spending account information, medical receipts, medical directives, life insurance policies
  4. Financial records: Bank statements, tax returns, tax deduction records, investment records, loan records, credit card statements
  5. Electronics records: Mobile phone contracts and equipment manuals; sales receipts and warranties for computers, laptops, and tablets; cable and internet plans and bills; wireless router sales receipt and manual
  6. Personal records: Birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, custody papers, Social Security information, immunization records, passport, military service records, baptismal and confirmation records, wills, funeral plan, and burial site information. You should have these for each family member. If you have pets, you can also include their important documents such as veterinary and vaccine information in this category.

Separate Vital Documents

Most of your important documents can be stored in a regular filing cabinet or portable hanging file box. Some, however, really should be kept in a fireproof safe or in an offsite storage option such as a safety deposit box.

Vital documents are ones that would be very difficult or time-consuming to replace. They may contain sensitive personal information that could be compromised by identity thieves if stolen. Meanwhile, if your home was destroyed by fire or flood, you’d want these vital documents to remain intact.

For most people, the following documents would be considered vital: Social Security information, birth certificates, insurance policies and agent’s contact information, wills, property deeds, car titles, passports, and any contract or agreement that required an original signature.

Make a master list of all the vital documents you place in your fireproof safe or in an offsite storage option.

Duplicate Your Wallet

Most of us carry critical information in our wallet each day and would be seriously inconvenienced if it were lost or stolen.

Make copies of your driver’s license, organ donor card, health insurance card(s), membership cards for the gym, library, grocery store loyalty programs, warehouse clubs, etc., and, most important, all credit and debit cards (copy front and back). Keep these copies with your other important paper documents.

Create a simple filing system

The simpler the filing system, the more likely you are to use it on a consistent basis. Take each category of important document and assign it a hanging file color:

  • Home and Property Records
  • Auto Records
  • Health Records
  • Financial Records
  • Electronics Records
  • Personal Records

Add the appropriate number of hanging files to your filing system for the number of documents you have in each category.

Use the manila folders and create a folder for each individual document within each category. Place the folders in the appropriate colored hanging file section.

If you purchased a large three-ring binder and tab inserts, label the tabs with the same record names, hole-punch all documents, and organize them. If the papers can’t be hole-punched, put them inside a folder and hole-punch the folder instead.

If paperwork isn’t your thing, this may be a freeing moment. You can scan all these documents, save them to a hard drive, and then shred the originals.

But use your own discretion as some paperwork is better left saved. Keep originals of all vital documents. Use your best judgment on the others. Most financial institutions are happy when you go paperless.

Ongoing Maintenance

Once your important papers are organized, keep them that way. Each month when you pay your bills, file any new documents in the appropriate section of your filing system. At the same time, look for any documents you removed from the system during the month that might still be out of the filing system. Re-file them. At least twice a year, review the documents in your filing system to see if any can be purged. A good schedule to follow is at the first of the calendar year and at the end of each school year.

With a little effort, you can reap long-term benefits and save time by organizing your important paper documents.

There are two words that evoke instant anxiety in nearly every academic—research paper. In this article, we’ll break down the steps to writing a research paper.

How does a research paper differ from a research proposal?

A research paper is different from a research proposal (also known as a prospectus), although the writing process is similar. Research papers are intended to demonstrate a student’s academic knowledge of a subject. A proposal is a persuasive piece meant to convince its audience of the value of a research project. Think of the proposal as the pitch and the paper as the finished product.

A prospectus is a formal proposal of a research project developed to convince a reader (a professor or research committee, or later in life, a project coordinator, funding agency, or the like) that the research can be carried out and will yield worthwhile results.

Dig into the research process.

Although we’ll focus more on the organization and writing of a research paper in this article, the research process is an important first step. Research will help you in several ways:

  • understanding your subject
  • formulating ideas for your paper
  • developing a thesis statement
  • speaking about your topic with authority

Gather resource materials and begin reviewing them. Here are a few good information sources:

As you read and evaluate the information you discover, take notes. Keep track of your reference materials so you can cite them and build your bibliography later. The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) and other university writing lab websites are excellent resources to help you understand what information you’ll need to collect to properly cite references.

Organize before you start writing.

Your research spawned tons of ideas. Great! Now you’re ready to begin the process of organizing your presentation . . . before you begin writing. Don’t skip the organization step—it’s critical to your paper’s success. Without it, your paper will lack focus and you’ll spend much more time in the revision process trying to make sense of your jumbled thoughts.

The Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is a sentence that summarizes the main point of your essay and previews your supporting points. The thesis statement is important because it guides your readers from the beginning of your essay by telling them the main idea and supporting points of your essay.

Most research papers begin with a thesis statement at the end of an introductory paragraph. Even if it’s not a requirement, it’s a good idea to write a thesis statement as you begin to organize your research. Writing the thesis statement first is helpful because every argument or point you make in your paper should support this central idea you’re putting forward.

Most research papers fall into one of three categories: analytical, expository, or argumentative. If you’re presenting an analysis of information, then your paper is analytical. If you’re writing to explain information, then your paper is expository. If you’re arguing a conclusion, then it’s argumentative or persuasive. Your thesis statement should match the type of paper you’re writing.

Invest time in writing your thesis statement—it’s the main idea of your paper, from which everything else flows. Without a well-thought-out thesis statement, your paper is likely to end up jumbled and with an unclear purpose. Here’s more guidance from Purdue OWL.

The Outline

An outline will help you organize your thoughts before you dig into the writing process. Once you’ve developed your thesis statement, think about the main points you’ll need to present to support that statement. Those main points are your sub-headings. Now, organize your thoughts and information under each sub-heading.

Any information that doesn’t fit within the framework of your outline, and doesn’t directly support your thesis statement, no matter how interesting, doesn’t belong in your research paper. Keep your focus narrow and avoid the kitchen sink approach. (You know, the one where you throw in every bit of interesting research you uncovered, including the fungal growth in the U-joint of your kitchen sink?) Everything you learn may be fascinating, but not all of it is going to be relevant to your paper.

Writing the Research Paper

The good news is, once you reach this point in the process you’re likely to feel energized by all the ideas and thoughts you’ve uncovered in your research, and you’ll have a clear direction because you’ve taken the time to create a thesis statement and organize your presentation with an outline.

Whenever you write a paper or essay where you are required to cite your sources in the text, you will need to create a “Works Cited” page at the end of your paper. The Modern Language Association has guidelines for properly citing different types of sources, as well as guidelines for how to format the Works Cited page. Everything you reference will be listed on this page in alphabetical order.

Create a new page at the end of your paper for a “Works Cited” list. Center the words “Works Cited” at the top of the page. Double space after the title and begin entering citations.

Double space between every citation.

Indent each line of your citation after the first line, creating a “hanging indent.” For example, if your citation runs for three lines, indent the second and third lines under the first.

List all citations alphabetically by the author’s last name. List the author’s last name, followed by a comma, followed by the first name and middle name or initial. Add the rest of the citation, following MLA format for the type of citation it is.

Order citations alphabetically by title if you have more than one work by the same author. For example, if you are citing Charles Dickens’ “A Bleak House” and “A Christmas Carol,” list “A Bleak House” first after typing, “Dickens, Charles.” For the second work, “A Christmas Carol,” instead of listing Dickens again, type three dashes to indicate that it’s the same author, followed by a period. List the book after that.

Use the title of a work to begin any citation where the author is unknown. This should be in alphabetical order as well, interspersed with your other entries that do have an author.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

  • Total Time: 2 hrs
  • Skill Level: Beginner

You keep the good wine glasses, vases, and other treasured glassware in a special place for a reason: if they get mixed in with everyday stuff, they’ll get chipped and broken. So when it’s time to move, don’t just lump everything together and hope for the best. Give the good pieces the VIP treatment they deserve, starting with a dedicated box made for glassware.

What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • A pen, for labeling

Materials

  • Cell boxes or used bottle boxes
  • Cardboard dividers (optional)
  • Plain white or brown packing paper and tissue paper
  • Packing tape

Instructions

Use a Cell Pack

Purchase cell boxes from specialty packing supply stores, or ask for used bottle boxes at a grocery store or liquor store. You can also purchase the cardboard dividers (cells) separately and use them in boxes or plastic bins.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Prepare the Box

Prepare the cell box by making sure the cell dividers fit snugly, with minimal movement in any direction. Also, gather plenty of plain white or brown packing paper and tissue paper for packing the glassware. Plain newsprint is a good option, but don’t use regular newspaper with printing, as the ink can stain your glassware.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Stuff the Globe

Select a glass or another piece. Take several sheets of packing paper and gently stuff the interior of the glass’s globe. Keeping filling the space until there is no space left. Be gentle. Don’t press on the sides of the glass or push the paper in too tightly. Pushing outward from the inside of a glass can easily break a thin glass wall.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Place the Glass on Its Side

Lay out several sheets of tissue paper and place the glass on its side, perpendicular to the corner of the paper.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Wrap the Glass

Take two to three sheets of tissue and pull the corners around the glass, then gently roll the glass forward, carefully tucking the tissue over the globe and around the base until the glass is completely wrapped.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Fold the Ends

Gently fold the excess paper around the globe and stem, carefully molding it to the glass.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Insert the Glass

Place the glass into one of the cells, stem first. It should fit snugly but not too tight. If the glass is loose inside the cell, roll it up in a few more sheets of paper, then re-insert the glass into the cell.

Use the same techniques to warp and pack the remaining glassware. Be careful not to force the pieces into the cells. Alternate small and large pieces as needed so that any one area isn’t too tight.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Top up the Box

Gently pack tissue paper or bubble wrap into any open cells that don’t have glassware or to fill the top area of cells that hold short glassware pieces. When the box is full, lay bubble wrap or tissue paper on top of the packed stemware to ensure there’s no room for movement.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Secure the Box

Close the top flaps of the box, then gently shake the box. If the contents rattle at all, some gaps need to be filled. Open the box and fill the gaps with tissue paper or bubble wrap. Close the flaps again, and secure them with packing tape or sealing tape. Use at least one strip of tape down the center, plus one extra over each flap.

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Label the Box

Mark the box “FRAGILE!” Also, note all of the contents and where they go. For example: “Crystal red wine glasses and water goblets/Dining room hutch.”

7 Steps to Help You Get Rid of Paper Clutter for Good

How to Organize Tissue Paper

Paper clutter accumulates for a variety of reasons, but the end result is the same: You’re overwhelmed by the stacks of papers in your home or office and you don’t know where to even start to get rid of them. To prevent the most common causes of this situation, and to tame your already overgrown stacks of papers, follow these seven steps for how to get rid of paper clutter.

Reduce Junk Mail

If you have too much paper because of all the catalogs and flyers are arriving in your mailbox, there are some ways to reduce their quantity. Most retailers that send out catalogs have a phone number to call if you no longer want to receive them. You can also request to be removed from the mailing lists of charities and nonprofits. The Better Business Bureau has tips on the latter. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission provides resources for removing yourself from some direct marketers’ lists and other companies who send unsolicited offers through the mail.

Organize Only as Needed

Once you’ve cut down on junk mail, you’ll have less to declutter and organize. This is a good thing. Schedule time to declutter every few months, but also try to be more discerning about what you save on a daily basis. This is especially true if you have hoarding tendencies or grew up before everything was on the internet. There’s no need to save takeout menus or catalogs when their contents are available online.

Shred

If you’re holding on to papers you want to throw away because you’re worried about privacy, buying a small shredder is a simple solution. If you don’t have much to shred, you can take documents to select FedEx locations and have them shredded for a fee. In some areas, you can also take papers to a bulk shredder on certain days.

Recycle

If you’re keeping old newspapers, magazines, and flyers because you don’t want to throw them in the garbage but you don’t know the proper way to dispose of them, take a few minutes to research the recycling rules where you live. Just knowing what can be recycled and where to bring it can break the cycle of laziness.

Throw Out Old Papers

If your excess papers are of the “this might be important” variety, find out which old documents you really need to keep. Unnecessary old records might not look like stereotypical paper clutter, but they add weight to your boxes when you move, and they take up precious space in your files.

Scan What You Can

If you’re storing papers because they contain information you want, remember that you don’t necessarily need that information in paper form. Instead, scan them and save them on your computer or an external drive. A decent, inexpensive scanner is very useful to have around, but there are also apps that use the camera on your smartphone phone as a scanner.

Pay Bills Online

The easiest way to deal with paper clutter is to keep it from coming into your house in the first place. Switch to online bill pay if you haven’t already. You can also choose to receive some other types of records, like bank statements and receipts, in digital form.

Organize Those “In-Between” Papers

Lastly, if your desk is covered in papers that you need to deal with soon but not right away, designate a place just for them. This could be an accordion folder, a simple box, or a clipboard. Stash coupons, bills awaiting payment, and other time-sensitive documents here until they can be used, filed, scanned, or tossed.