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by Jules Kendall

Jules Kendall shares the sweet and savory at her blog, Pancakes and French Fries. She almost never writes about food. Instead, she focuses on her improving her health, decluttering and simplifying her home, and life with two loud boys and one quiet husband. She is the creator of The William Morris Project, a weekly series that encourages people to have nothing in their home they do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

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  • It seems like only yesterday that I organized my entry closet from top to bottom. In fact, it's been two years this October. I have to say, it hasn't devolved too terribly. It helps that we live in California, the land of mild seasons.
     
    The closet has suffered two minor setbacks in the last two years. First, we revamped our living room and in doing that now store some boxes for collectibles on the closet floor. Second, I bought extra long wrapping paper for Christmas.

    I created a wrapping paper storage area in a large dresser in our family room, but it can't hold extra long tubes of wrapping paper. It's a small detail I never considered. So after two years, I gave our entry closet a touch-up and figured out a way to efficiently store wrapping paper.
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  • The first thing I did was tackle the top shelf of our closet, where we now store our collectibles boxes. The area is tall and difficult to reach, making it the perfect place to store items you need infrequently. Two years ago I used the shelf to hold our hats, scarves, and mittens in baskets; but this proved messy and inconvenient. So now they're gone! I showed you my hat organization project last month. 
     
    With the baskets gone, I put the coats we no longer use in a donation pile. My husband's letterman jacket stayed, though we both can't figure out why. Memories, I suppose.
     
    The space left after the purge didn't go to waste. I knew the best place to store all the wrapping paper was the closet since it could accommodate even the longest rolls. I also knew I didn't want them rolling all over the floor. The solution was easy, and one we've all seen for years. 
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  • You guessed it; I bought a garment bag. I searched for one that would fit the longest roll of paper known to man (you better believe I measured my rolls!) and made sure the garment bag expanded so I could fit  all my rolls, gift bags, ribbons, bows, tape, and a pair of scissors inside. Luckily, I found the perfect one!
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  • I had to wrap a present last week and it was as simple as grabbing the bag and heading to the dining room table. I do wish the bag wasn't quite so tall, but it was willing to err on the side of too big rather than too small; and overall I'm very, very pleased with this project.
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