By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer

If you’re like me, you might also be very excited about the upcoming holiday season because, for most of us, it will be the first time in a while that we can host big gatherings for family and friends.

And, if you are like most of us, you want to go “all-out” this year to celebrate, decorate, and participate in everything the holiday has to offer.

But before you overdo it, take a few minutes to discern which…

  • Traditions and activities you really want to participate in.
  • Kinds and amounts of gifts you want to give.
  • How much decorating really needs to be done to make your home festive.

Too often, we just jump right in, doing things out of habit without slowing down to actually choose which of those holiday traditions will add real value, meaning, and enjoyment to our lives…

Versus those that will just add stress, overwhelm, and disappointment during this holiday season.

This year, before you jump in take a moment to look at these…

 

8 Ways to Simplify Your Home and Your Life This Holiday Season

1. Be more intentional

Slow down, resist the holiday hype. Reassess what matters most to you then let go of the rest.

 

2. It might be time to revisit gift-giving

Be creative! Give experiences instead… give memories that will last forever!

Question the money you are spending and why knowing full well that more stuff doesn’t make you happier.

 

3. Declutter your calendar

Sometimes holiday events get imposed upon us, filling our schedule with more “have to’s”. Declutter your calendar this year allowing only the “want to’s.”

 

4. Declutter your own unrealistic expectations

Everything doesn’t have to be perfect. As a matter of fact, once you let go of perfection, likely you will enjoy your holidays more.

 

5. Make do with what you already have

The pandemic taught us a lot. It forced us to “make do.” We had to become more resourceful and just figure things out.

It taught us to simplify our lives, reprioritize what matters most, and be grateful for what we already have.

The same goes for the holidays. Before you go out and buy a ton of new decorations, decide to use what you already have. Get creative, use your decorations differently than you have in previous years. Watch what happens!

This will eliminate extra holiday stress by simplifying the amount of decorating you do. Instead, choose to spend more time with your kids and grandkids.

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6. Give clutter-free gifts this year

God only knows most of us don’t need… or want any more stuff!

Instead, give consumable gifts this year that can be shared so everyone can enjoy. That way, you will not be contributing to more unwanted and unnecessary clutter.

 

7. Declutter your home before the holidays

Remove excess furniture, clothing, paperwork, and other miscellaneous items you no longer want, need or use.

Instead, donate them or gift them to someone who will!

Having a clutter-free home contributes to your ability to enjoy it more with family and friends.

 

8. Give experiences and new memories

What greater gift could you give someone than a gift of your time to people you love? The memories you share will last far longer than you can ever imagine.

This year make the decision to simplify your holidays:

  • By being more intentional.
  • By focusing on what matters most to you.
  • By being grateful for all you already have.

Wishing you all a beautiful, blessed, and simple holiday season!

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