Last year one of your fellow 365ers, Michelle, was on a mission to reduce her Christmas supplies. Some bins she spent time on in consideration while others bins she just did a quick rush through. The following photos show the pile of stuff she had (on the left) and the end result of her decluttering effort on the right.
The third photo below is the stack of what she decluttered. There was more on the floor that isn’t in the picture. She told me that she could have spent more time and consideration in getting rid of more but this was at least a first step. Quite a massive effort for a first step don’t you think?
Here is a recent comment that Michelle left at the blog regarding how she has simplified another big holiday season task ~ “…I used to spend so much time wrapping everything just perfectly, color-coordinating with bows or ornaments or whathaveyou. It got tiring and now I have a traditional color scheme and no longer spend time thinking/worrying about how it all looks.”
So yes it is possible to simplify Christmas while still enjoying all the usual fun and trimmings of the event.
Thank you for the photos Michelle and please comment here and let us know if you have reduced more now that the silly season is on us again.
Today’s Mini Mission
Make finding your good underwear or socks easy by throwing away the ratty old ones that you avoid using.
Eco Tip of the Day
Today’s eco tip is brought to you by one of our readers Sher.
I thought of an eco tip yesterday…I do it without thinking but maybe others haven’t thought of it. When at the bank machine chose to NOT get a paper receipt…when at the gas station…chose NOT to get a receipt. Just those little pieces of paper are going to be tossed in the trash anyways or just end up cluttering your car. Or if you want to take the receipt…use the back of it to write your grocery list on or something to re-use it before tossing it 🙂
Thanks Sher. I am not sure why I hadn’t thought to write this one before because I do this all the time.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast