The challenge this Holiday week is to consider releasing any and all gift wrap supplies you don’t end up using this week. It’s not that they aren’t perfectly good, but if they didn’t make the cut this time, why will next year be any different?
A friend asked me if I’d help her brainstorm ideas for how to convert a closet into a gift wrapping center. It sounded like a smart idea since she gives gifts throughout the year. We talked about setting aside a couple of shelves for storing the gifts but my suggestion for how to deal with wrapping paper was one that initially took her back a little. Instead of installing custom shelving or hanging dowels to suspend rolls of wrapping paper from, I suggested she start over.
Throw it all out (she donated the gift bags) and spend $10 a month choosing out the perfect wrapping paper for that month’s gifts. Spending $10 or even $20 a month on wrapping paper might feel extravagant but it would save her the thousands of dollars it costs to install Elfa shelving.
As we talked it through, she realized that although she had boxes and boxes of wrapping paper, ribbons, gift bags and bows, she never used any of it. Whenever it came time to carefully wrap a gift, none of it felt quite right. The patterns date so quickly and picking out the perfect paper for each gift was part of the fun for her.
How about you? Are you saving boxes of crumpled bows and ribbons you never use? Does your intention to iron used wrapping paper so it’s good as new ever turn into action? Do you shop online these days and only need to keep a few emergency gift bags on hand for unexpected gifts?
Have a look through your gift wrapping supplies this Saturday and see what’s perfectly good and will never get used. Pay attention as you wrap gifts this week and notice which scraps of saved wrapping paper you don’t end up using this year. What can you safely let go of?