Every year around the holidays, I’m sucked in by the pretty red and green wrapping paper. And every January, I realize how much extra Christmas paper I have…and that it’s pretty much useless for a whole year.

In my continued efforts to simplify my life, I have dubbed 2016 the first year of simplified wrappings.

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What does this mean exactly? It doesn’t mean no wrapping paper at all — nor does it mean using the funnies page from the Sunday paper as gift wrap. It just mean narrowing and limiting my purchases.

So now, instead of this…

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…I pick up lovely prints like these (when they go on sale, of course):

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I’ve already successfully celebrated Christmas and two birthdays with my newfound method, and I have to say — no one said a thing about the lack of Santas or birthday cake on the paper. The gifts looked beautiful stacked together, and that’s all anyone saw.

The best news? I can use each of these patterns all through the year. Which means my gift wrapping supplies take up considerably less space. In fact, they fit in one container:

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A perfect fit!

 

Do you have any tips or tricks that help you simplify and save space?