For a little while now I’ve had a note to myself to write a post on gift wrap clutter. Now I see that Erin has written an exhaustive entry with every solution imaginable. As these things tend to do, it sparked quite a bit of debate in the comments section.
So, being the resident insane minimalist, I thought I’d share a passage about wrapping paper from our good friend Peter Walsh’s book, It’s All Too Much,
There is a simple and elegant way to manage the wrapping of gifts. Remember this principle: More is not necessarily better! Purchase a roll of good quality brown paper and high quality ribbons of three colors–black, red, and white. Wrap all your gifts in this simple brown paper and decorate with any selection of the ribbons. Brown paper too dull for you? Use the same approach selecting your “signature” color.
Now, keep in mind this is advice from a guy clearly on the anti-wrapping side. “I am at a loss to understand when wrapping paper became such a national obsession,” he writes. For those of you who really love wrapping paper, brown paper won’t do. But it’s great for those of us who are always looking for the shortest distance between two points.