LEFTOVER CHRISTMAS WRAPPING PAPER: THY FATE IS DOOMEDElizabeth Brown

I have a veritable boatload of Christmas wrapping paper left over. I don’t know why I bought so much. I wasn’t wrapping a Lexus.

I have three huge, barely used rolls of paper clunking around my tiny apartment right now.  In classic “me” fashion, I opened all the different packages and used a little bit of each design, so I can’t return any of them. Now these tubular paper beasts haunt me everywhere I turn.

If you’re thinking I should just shove them in the back of the closet with the rest of the “Christmas stuff” and use them next year, then I envy your naiveté. I live in an apartment half the size of a 7-11 with my husband, three cats and a dog. There is no “back of my closet”. The back of my closet is where the third cat lives. If I try to store stuff back there, she charges me rent.

There’s no place else to store it. Plus, Cat #1 has been eating it in the middle of the night and throwing it up because I don’t have it stored in a secure location.

I hate wasting money, but I have to throw it away, which makes me feel like I’m crumpling up cash and throwing it in the garbage. But what’s the alternative? Cramming three giant rolls of wrapping paper behind the couch for a year? Renting a separate storage facility? Or should I just leave Christmas wrapping paper propped up against my desk for the next 12 months as penance for my impulsive overspending? I’m guessing it’ll take about three weeks before I go clinically insane from the bad Feng Shui and attack my husband with the one covered in happy Santas.

I want to be a better person in 2012—less wasteful, more practical, and better with my money. But for this year, it’s totally too late. I have three cats and a dog. I can’t take in three giant tubes of wrapping paper, even on a foster care basis.

Sorry, leftover Christmas wrapping paper. You’ll never get to fulfill your destiny of getting wrapped around something and then being joyfully ripped to shreds. I really screwed this up to a level of existential proportions.

Featured image via oldtimepottery.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/bjmeyer85 Brandon Meyer

    It (and the fun little roll) is ALL recyclable. AND hellogiggles.com posted a neat idea a few weeks ago. Hang2 pieces of wire high up in the closet, and store them there. it’s certainly space the cat can’t claim.(yet) lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502299089 Sara May West

    My sister has had about eight rolls of the stuff stored in her ‘Christmas cupboard’ and we just finished it this year! Time to celebrate! Until we saw my sister come home with another six rolls of reduced stuff…
    My alternative to wrapping paper in using newspaper; it’ll get recycled anyway and have the added bonus of giving a loved one some extra reading material =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/catyeb Caty Bergmark

    Origami decorations/ornaments for next years tree?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580569283 Liz Brown

      Oh man,…you have SO much energy,… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/desiree.ellice Desiree Ellice Lamb

    Ooooh Martha Stewart has lots of New Years party decor that involves left over wrapping paper ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/isabel.hl Isabel HL
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1157382944 Lara Culberson

    i had no idea wrapping paper is standard cat fare. ours enjoy throwing it up too

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1753944795 Dani Garcia

    if you have room on the ceiling of your closet you can take some ribbon and thumbtack it to the side of the walls and use it to hold the wrapping paper here’s an example but with wire http://respacedpdx.com/2011/12/how-to-store-all-of-that-christmas-wrapping-paper-in-kind-of-a-weird-place/

  • http://www.facebook.com/mcbit12 Cecelia Bittner

    Thanks for this post! We have the same problem, not to mention the guilt of filling landfills with christmas crap!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508179493 Adria Bernadette

    i use it year round – birthdays, baby showers, grandparents day, whatever. no matter what you wrap it in, it gets thrown out, so who cares. and at least i can be the odd, funny girl at any celebration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shae.stautz Shae Higgins Stautz

    You can donate leftover wrapping paper to Goodwill or other thriftstores – that’s where I always buy mine on the cheap!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1121723117 Krista Speck

    Halloween is when I put my cloth groceries bags away and ask for paper at the market; used inside out makes for GREAT wrapping paper. You can get your art on with markers, or just decorate it with a simple holiday bow- and it looks beautiful. I wish I had a similarly GREAT idea of what to do with the leftover paper though. :/ I hate not being a genius.

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