Organizing papers is probably one of the worst jobs there is in the home. It’s boring, tedious, time consuming and mildly unrewarding because you don’t see the results too much. BUT is is oh so necessary for mental health and peace of mind and ease of organizing in the future. It is one of those tasks that hangs like a heavy burden on any home-keeper. Let’s get rid of it! Continue reading
I have two drawers and a rubbermaid full of gift wrap stuff; bags, ribbons, boxes, tissue, stuffing, tinsel, toppers etc. Since we have been cleaning out our house in order to down size i was trying to think of a simpler more organized way to store and use my gift giving stock. I don’t like to be wasteful so I’m also trying to think of things that are at least slightly reusable as well. What about cultivating a trademark gift giving style that fits you? I think everyone should have one, it would make the mess of gift giving supplies more minimal and it would eliminate the stress of figuring how to wrap or package things every time you gave a gift. I need to figure mine our but here are some ideas I had.
Ideas for styles:
- Buy a big roll of brown craft paper and embellish as needed – string, yarn, paint etc. The paper could be used over again or used for drawing paper for kids.
- Bags all the way. Or how about buying plain white or brown bags and fancy them up with some pom poms or tasells. Bags can be reused for quite a while.
- If you sew well maybe reusable fabric bags with draw string that you make and then add a cool tag.
- Or the japanese art of fabric gift wrap, as seen in the video. Super reusable. Fabric could be from thrifted scarves, clearanced fabric pieces, old clothes cut up and hemmed, tablecloths and so on.
I hope you are inspired to find your perfect gift wrap style!
I don’t know where this image is from. I stumbled across it while cleaning up my desk top.
The room in the photo is clean, minimal, simple, all the things that have been major themes in my head lately. I have come across so many amazing articles about getting rid of whatever it is that ties us down, ties us up and burns us out. My husband and I have come to be so drained keeping up with the material world we live in. Not that material things are bad it is just that at a certain point all we do is work to pay for the things we have, than we have to work more to maintain the things we have and we have no time left to enjoy things beyond those things we have. Other things like spending time with friends or family, traveling, enjoying hobbies etc.
For us this will be a year of simplifying.
Our diet – http://zenhabits.net/recipes/
Our stuff –http://zenhabits.net/ebay-guide/
Our minds- http://zenhabits.net/savor/
Yes all the links are to zen habits, what can I say, I have loved everything I have read on that site.
Here we are looking at 2010 as a new fresh blank year. Will 2010 be the year to expand our family, go back to school, move away, switch careers, change jobs, rent out some rooms, abolish some gloomy clouds of debt? We shall see. It is always exciting to think what could happen. What are your hopes for 2010?
I try to limit myself to a few boxes based on the decorating I do in my house, your list might need to be different based on your needs.