To live frugally, and have more time and money for ‘memories’, we like to have a minimalist style house; free from clutter and without an abundance of things that we just don’t need. If you’ve been working hard to simplify your home and lifestyle, you’ll share my fear that Christmas has the potential to undo all of our hard-work.
If you’re feeling the pressures of the festive season, read on to find out how we can all an enjoy a more minimalist Christmas…
Have a clear-out before Christmas to make finding a home for your new things less stressful. If you haven’t used something for a long time, the chances are that you don’t need it anyway. And cleaning a clutter-free house saves so much time and energy, allowing you to focus on more important things. Donating to others is a great lesson for the little ones too, so pass on what you don’t need to charity and help those less fortunate.
If you’re feeling burdened by the cost of Christmas, or have a schedule rammed with activities already, don’t be afraid to just say no. If an extra night out will send your finances over the limit, or stop you from having a rest and quality time with your family at home, politely decline the invitation and put yourself first.
Make a list
If someone asks you what you would like for Christmas tell them. This will reduce unnecessary gifting and you’ll receive things that you actually need. Ask them what they would like too, to make sure your spending is purposeful and to reduce Christmas waste. If you really want to keep on top of your minimalist lifestyle, why not ask for an experience or day out instead of ‘things’?
With online sales, deals, social media and adverts everywhere, a materialistic Christmas can be hard to avoid. If you’re feeling the pressure to get dragged into spending money that you don’t have, or complicating your ‘less is more’ lifestyle, just switch it all off. You don’t have to follow in other’s footsteps; choose to simplify, get some fresh air and give yourself some much needed space from it all.
If, like me, you can’t cope with a chaotic home, then keep decorations simple and your home clutter-free. Decorate tastefully, use lights to set a festive tone and avoid using every decoration that you own! It might even be time to sort through and donate some of your old decorations to charity – keep it simple and the festive season is less overwhelming.
If you traditionally do a Secret Santa with your friends or workmates, why not suggest a charity donation or collection instead? This will stop your hard-earned cash being put towards novelty or unwanted gifts, which just clutter up our homes. Instead, make sure every penny is put to good use, helping those in need at a difficult time of year.
Resist being swept into the same old habits, and choose to have a more mindful Christmas. Check out my article on how reducing what we spend makes us remember what is important, to help you to take back control of the festive season this year. Wishing you a merry, minimalist Christmas!