For years, I have been recycling bags, bows and the like. It is an easy thing to do, and can end up saving lots of money in the long run. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned, right?!
Christmas is a great time to get stocked up on packaging supplies. Though the bags are generally Christmas themed, I pack away any that could possibly used for birthdays, baby showers, etc. (it is all about solid colors).
Wired ribbons and bows are a great keeper. Here's a tip: cut a toilet paper roll in half and wrap the ribbon around the roll. It will keep your ribbons from becoming entangled later. I toss everything that can't be reused, but keep a shocking amount of what I do have.
Tissue paper can be saved, if not too worn and if not torn. I lay each paper out flat, pressing out the wrinkles, and then fold them in half for storage. (You can always use a warm iron if you need to.)
I generally keep one box for tags, bows, ribbons and gift decor specifically for Christmas. That way I'm not searching for everything when wrapping later.
This year I used a Cars shoebox that I'm sure I'll find use for next year in wrapping. Note the ribbons on the right, all neat and tidy. This makes my heart happy.
A place for everything, and everything in its place. It is the little things that make me happy in life.