Countdown to an Organized Christmas: Gift Closet Inventory

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{If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series you can find them here.}

Do you have a gift closet?  Do you even know what I’m talking about?

A gift closet is any place (be it a closet, drawer, or box in the garage) that you store all of your “extra” gifts.  The gifts that you find that will be great for a baby shower/wedding shower/child’s birthday/generic white elephant gift/etc. — but you don’t exactly know who you will be giving the gift or when.  (But it was on sale!!  And it’s hard to pass up a good sale!)  A gift closet is great to have when you forget to buy a gift — or maybe you’re unexpectedly given a Christmas gift — and need one stat.  So if you have those kinds of gifts laying around, you need some specific place to put them all — a gift closet!

My gift “closet” is simply a box located in our spare bedroom closet.  At the moment I have a pyrex dish set in there (it was on sale and I had a coupon — and it’ll make a great wedding gift to someone I need to give a gift but I don’t really know them.  Y’all know what I’m talking about.), a candle set that I was given but isn’t really to my tastes (but would be great to regift to someone else), and some size one diapers (again, they were on sale and I had a coupon).  That’s all.  At any given time, especially since the kids are being invited to more birthday parties and whatnot, I’ll have a boy or girl toy in there.  I only buy things to put in my gift closet things if they meet a few criteria:

  • The gift must be on sale.  I usually find clearance items.  It’s particularly beneficial if I also have a coupon to go with it, but sometimes the clearance price is deep enough that I don’t feel it necessary to have a coupon as well.
  • It must be functional.  By that I mean that I must be able to imagine an opportunity to give the gift.  There is no use in buying a gift — no matter how great the sale — if you won’t use it and you don’t know anyone else who will.
  • They must fit in the designated area.  I refuse to start stashing gifts in other places.  If I do then I run the risk of never using all of the gifts or never being able to find the one I want when I need it.  And possibly run the risk of becoming a feature on the next episode of Hoarders.

Once the item meets those criteria and I buy the gift, I immediately write the gift down on my Gift Closet Inventory page.  I used to have two inventory sheets.  One for Christmas gifts and one for “regular” gifts.  This got too confusing, especially as some of the gifts could be on either inventory, and I have since merged the lists together.

I do keep my Gift Closet Inventory page in my CCJ because I know right where it is.  It’s handy and I don’t have to think about where I put it.  I have been known to put my Gift Closet Inventory page in a sheet protector and tape it to the box which holds my gifts.  If you make one keep it where ever would best suit your needs.

There’s one thing I must mention.  If you rummage around in your gift closet and notice something in there that hasn’t been used — and it’s been sitting there for like three years — it may be time to declutter your gift closet.  If you do buy something and then eventually fall out of love with it, it’s ok to send it off to Goodwill.  If it’s not good enough for you to give as a gift, get rid of it!

And there’s one other thing I must address.  Regifting.  I mentioned earlier that I put unwanted gifts that I’ve been given in my gift closet to regift.  (Whew, say that three times fast! 🙂)  If you decide to regift please use caution.  You do not want to hurt the feelings of the person who gave you the gift.  So never regift if the original gifter will be there or may learn of said regifting.  Make sense?  Good!

And now that is off my chest — the homework:

Today’s Assignment:  If you already have “generic” gifts, gather them in one place and write down what you have.  Then store them in one location so they are easier to find (unless you have another system in place which works for you.  If so, keep doing that!).  In future, if you buy a gift for your “closet”, write it down.  Also remember to mark things as you use them!

Today’s Printable:  CCJ gift closet inventory.

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