One of my early childhood memories, is sneaking in on my grandmother wrapping gifts, always last-minute on the Xmas eve, in her tiny little bedroom. She would keep all her gifts hidden there, underneath the bed, and the bed itself would be all covered in colourful papers, ribbons and gifts. And when she would spot me, hiding there behind the door, she would hush me out, saying she’s only helping Santa, since he’s so busy with everything else. And of course I would believe her.
Later, when I didn’t believe in Santa anymore, I would wrap gifts with my Mom on her bed, because she would also keep her gifts hidden safely underneath it.
So of course, when my own kids became these little gift-searching creatures, I too I started hiding my gifts underneath my bed.And it was only natural for me to organize my gift wrapping station in my bedroom! Especially that not only do I have space underneath my bed for all those big and long wrapping paper rolls, but my new Leon’s bed has 6 drawers too! Perfect for all my wrapping essentials and all off the gifts!
So starting in early November, I collect all of my wrapping papers in one place: the old and recycled, the new and freshly bought, and the hand-made and whimsical. I separate the ribbons, and keep all of that colorful mess in the drawers underneath my bed. And since I like dong my Xmas shopping ahead of time and I usually aim for having all of my gifts wrapped in early December (so I don’t stress about them any more) every time I get a new gift, I wrap it in my bedroom right away , and store in the drawers until Xmas!
How to make Xmas shopping easier?
- In early November, make a budget, and decide how much you’ll spend per person.
- Write down general ideas for each and everyone.
- Mark down black Friday and Cyber Monday in your calendar, and plan ahead of time what you’ll get for who.
- Visit one Christmas fair for those who like hand-made objects.
- Pack your gifts right away, and store them packed and ready until Xmas!
So this time of a year, our calm bedroom sometimes doubles up as a Santa’s little workshop! But since these drawers underneath my bed are such a perfect hiding spot, I don’t mind that at all! Actually, it makes me love my bedroom even more! And where do you wrap your gifts?