Before we get too far away from Christmas, I want to talk about gift wrap. I saw a post recently on a decluttering Facebook group that talked about how to store wrapping paper.
My initial reaction is: DON’T!
Before we decluttered, we had an under-the-bed storage unit that we used to hold all our gift wrap, gift bags, gift tags, tape, and bows. Every time we needed to wrap something we went in there, dragged out this huge box, and dug around for what we needed. It was kind of a hassle to use, actually, and I can see why someone in the group was asking what to do with all that stuff.
A number of people chimed in with different storage ideas, and a few (me included) said you don’t need to store that stuff.
We bought Christmas paper this year for between $3 and $5 per roll. We typically buy single rolls as can get exactly what we want that way. We used three rolls for all the presents. A couple were big presents and required quite a bit of paper. In all we spent about $15 on paper, and a little more on tape and a single pack of bows.
Eliminating the hassle of storing and searching through a box of random wrapping paper is worth $15 to me. So, we got rid of that box when we decluttered, and now we simply buy what we need, when we need it.
Same goes for birthdays. When we shop for a present, we swing in the gift wrap/bag section on the way out and grab what we need. There is no need to warehouse wrapping supplies. Let the store warehouse wrapping supplies while you use your space for something more important.