With Christmas just around the corner, now is a good time to reflect on what you need vs what you want. Often family and friends will say, “Tell me what you want for Christmas!” For me, my response is often something consumable, or a gift card to someplace I know I’ll go, like the grocery store. While that might not sound super exciting, groceries are always a thing I need. Another cross-body purse or another fur-lined ice scraper are things I do not need. If you don’t need more stuff, but you aren’t sure how to explain that to people, or how to tell them what you’d like instead, we’re here to help!
First, I’m not here to preach to you about minimalist lifestyles. Only you can decide how much stuff you need or want. Some people love lots of things, whether it’s books (we make fabulous built-in bookcases you know) or tchotchkes. Some people have lots of toys for their pets. Some just enjoy anything with a happy or motivational phrase on it. That’s all ok!
If you found your way to this article, though, then you’ve already decided you don’t need more stuff. So, here are a few ways to easily purge your home of things you don’t need and then ask for things you’d like to enjoy.
Purging your home of stuff you don’t need
You know there are particular rooms where clutter happens. The closet, under the bathroom sink, etc. Start with those places and then look for what you can use up. If your clutter is 10 bottles of lotion, then just don’t buy more. Don’t throw out perfectly good bottles of lotion. If it’s a smell you can’t stand, offer it to a friend who likes it. Otherwise, use up each bottle and you’ll find yourself with more space! In the closet be careful of what you throw in the donate pile. Definitely go through your clothes multiple times a year, and donate items you don’t wear ever or that don’t fit. However, if you’ve got a fancy dress that you “never” wear just because an occasion hasn’t come up recently maybe hang on to it just in case!
Asking for presents you want or will enjoy
The next step is having the right answer when someone asks what you’d like for Christmas or your birthday, etc. For some, “nothing” is just not an acceptable answer. So consider any of the following options for presents (and consider the same when YOU give presents.)
- Flowers or a potted plant
- A subscription to an online newspaper or even magazine (if you recycle they don’t create clutter)
- gift cards to Amazon, a favorite restaurant, the grocery store or gourmet cheese shop nearby
- Tickets to a show or concert
- Something truly useful for your home like a new food processor or air purifier
- A donation to a favorite charity
- A day together with your friend/mom/gift-giver person.
If you know you don’t need more stuff, then we hope these tips can help you declutter and gain the items you DO need this year!
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