I Don’t Want Anything for Christmas

This year I am a little bit behind on my Christmas shopping.  I’ve come up with a list of the people I’d like to buy for, so that’s a start.  Thankfully I have today off so I’ll be able to hopefully get some shopping done.  But truth be told, I don’t want to go shopping.  I don’t want to spend money on items for people because I feel I have an obligation to.  It’s not that I don’t want to bless others, it’s just that I feel like my family is so blessed that we don’t really need anything.  Mr. Money and I aren’t planning on going out and buying each other gifts.  That’s just the norm for us.

Part of me wants to go out and buy each of us gifts so we have something to open on Christmas morning.  Chances are we’ll be at our house for Christmas because Mr. Money will have to work the next day, so we won’t be able to spend Christmas with our family.  The other part of me has no clue what to buy because we don’t want to bring any extra clutter into the house.  I am thinking about getting us a Netflix subscription so we can enjoy movies at our house.  Other than that, we’ve asked for practical gifts like under shirts, undies and socks.

I think I’m going to stop stressing about it and do my best to enjoy a simple Christmas.  There’s nothing worse than worrying about stupid things!

Are you planning on a simple Christmas this year?

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Things I Can’t Seem to Declutter

Even though I’m a believer in you shouldn’t keep it even if you have the space, I also seem to have a few areas of my house that I just can’t seem to pare down.  It’s really hard for me to get rid of these things for one reason or another.  I know that I’ve been pretty good about getting rid of things, but there’s always excess somewhere.

Here are the things I can’t seem to be able to declutter:

1. Towels.  We have probably over 20 towels for two adults (plus two labs).  I have towels from when we first moved in together, my husband has his bachelor towels, we have towels from my mother, and we even have wedding present towels!  I feel like towels are just something that you can always use.  You can’t have too many towels, right?

2. Pillows, blankets, and sheet sets.  Again, same thing with the towels.  Not only is it nice to have towels for guests, but it’s also nice when they don’t have to bring their own pillows and blankets.  I probably could afford to get rid of a few blankets and pillows and just ask guests to bring their own.  It’s rare that we get company outside of my parents, and keeping two extra pillows and blankets around for them is pretty negligible.

3. My old Disney VHS tapes.  My mother gave me our old Disney video tapes from when we were kids.  I’ve got probably 25 videos stored in the guest room closet.  We don’t even have a VCR, yet I hang onto them because maybe one day my kids will want to watch them.  It’s also painful to think of getting rid of something we cherished for so long.

4. Old papers.  My mom saved a lot of my school papers and drawings.  When I moved into my house, she brought down 4 or 5 boxes full of papers.  I felt bad when I told her I didn’t want the majority of them.  There still are some old papers and drawings I have that I just can’t get rid of now.

What are some things you just can’t seem to declutter?  How do you decide if it’s worth keeping it?

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Should You Keep it if You Can Store it?

It seems like the majority of people are realizing that less is more, and a minimalist lifestyle is rapidly gaining popularity.  I definitely lean more towards minimalism, and I’m always decluttering and trying to make more space in my house.  I feel better when I don’t have a bunch of stuff laying around and taking up space.

One day I was listening to my mother tell one of her friends that I don’t even like my attic cluttered.  Maybe I’m a little OCD; maybe I just don’t like stuff.  It’s probably a little bit of both.  After I thought about her statement for awhile, I started to sway to keeping more things.  I’ve got the space, so why not keep it?

I think having more Stuff in your house can cost you time and money.  When you’ve got more stuff in your house, you have to keep it in good condition, clean around it, put it away, and maintain it.  It’s much easier to clean when you don’t have a ton of knick knacks cluttering your shelves.

On the other hand, I know there are times when I look at something I’m going to donate and then I can’t do it because I think I may need it someday or I can repurpose it into something new.  Nine times out of ten, I really won’t need that item in the future.  About half the time I keep the item and then end up not repurposing it.  That makes me crazy!

I guess overall I believe you shouldn’t store things just because you have the space.  Do you think you should keep it if you can store it?

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