Fall is my favorite season. Crisp weather, hot coffee, vibrant trees... and lots and lots of scarves to add some fashion flair to our outfits! Over the years, my collection of scarves has grown, but my storage space hasn't. So this year, with scarves literally hanging around (and all over) my bedroom, I researched some ways to organize them.
Over-the-door towel rack with shower curtain hooks
Sometimes I think about all those people out there with their nifty little "craft rooms" and "gift-wrap stations," largely commercialized by the Martha Stewarts of the world. And sometimes -- in my head -- I secretly make fun of them, telling myself that it is all just gratuitous luxury for people with too much time and money on their hands. (But also secretly -- I'm just plain jealous!) 🙂
So while I'm working my way up to admitting that I want this... and figuring out a way to make it happen, I've discovered a great way to house rolls of wrapping paper in a very simple and inexpensive way -- via free-standing wine racks.
Okay, I know what you're thinking. Didn't this chic JUST talk about wine racks in one of her last posts -- for storing rolled magazines? Why yes, yes I did. Who knew how much one could be inspired by wine... er... wine racks. 🙂
This idea actually came to me a while back, when I moved into a house with this lovely rack sitting in a closet. (Sadly), I didn't have nearly enough wine bottles to fill it, so I started thinking of ways to repurpose it.
Prior to using the wine rack for my wrapping paper, I stored my rolls in horizontal plastic bins and containers -- one for the long rolls... one for the short rolls... one for Christmas... one for birthdays. Before I knew it, I was laden with bins... or is that bin-laden? (Okay, bad joke. :-))
Regardless, you get the picture. This was taking up a lot of space, bin-wise, and some of the rolls were just standing against my closet walls -- anxious to fall out whenever I opened the door. Plus, whenever I wanted to find a roll, I would have to pull out all the bins, open each one, and do a seek-and-find. This did not bode well for my impatient temperament.
So I found peace in marrying the practical with the pretty and using my wine rack for my wrapping paper rolls -- standing them upright. Now the rack sits in my finished basement, next to a counter, and allows me to easily store and see what I have, making quick work for my wrapping projects.
While I may continue to secretly dream of having a glorious craft room, all pimped out with various crafting stations, multi-tiered shelving, and proper task-lighting, I can get some comfort in using my repurposed wine rack. Oh... and drinking wine. 🙂