Is there anything worse to store than wrapping paper? A few years ago I bought one of those bins but it’s only good for the normal sized wrapping paper and I buy the super sized big rolls that don’t fit! They usually end up on the bottom of my linen closet, completely flattened and torn by the end of the year.
I can’t bear to throw away perfectly good paper even though I know it’ll probably end up in the trash eventually! This year as I was putting away my Christmas decorations I had a brilliant idea!
A few years ago I saw a tradition on Pinterest that I loved and started doing with my kids. I took 24 Christmas books and wrapped them up and then each night in December leading up to Christmas, the kids would get to open one up before bedtime and we’d read it together.
I think the opening of the gift, even though it’s a book they already had, just helps curb the anticipation of having to wait until Christmas to open presents! Even though we’ve done this for a few years now and have read all the books, my kids STILL get excited to open it!
It’s always a cherished time together to read the story and it’s even more precious now that Reed can read to his younger siblings.
As I was cleaning up yesterday and packing away the books for next year, I looked at the stack of books next to the piles of wrapping paper and decided to wrap them NOW! I took all my leftover paper that will either go to waste OR be used to wrap these very same books next year and wrapped them up!
I packed them away already wrapped, tossed the rolls and checked one thing off my list for next year!
I love it when a plan comes together! No more waste and one less thing to do next year! Double win!
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