6 Ways To Have A More Meaningful Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, steeped in traditions and memories, it’s a time to reflect, enjoy people around us and appreciate what we have. If you’ve been working to simplify your home, rid your life of excess and want to have a special Christmas with still avoiding all the commercialism and frazzled feelings…

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Keeping Holiday Traditions without Holiday Stress

December is here, and regardless of where you are in your decluttering journey, the overwhelming feelings that lead many to embrace minimalism can resume with intensity through all the holiday activities. We can end up in the cycle of perfectionism, trying to do it all, including maintaining every. Single. Holiday. Tradition. Perfectly. (Social media is excellent…

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Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers

If you celebrate the holidays with gifts in the stocking, you know that many of the “stocking stuffers” toted in the stores are trinkets. It’s easy to fill a stocking with cheap gadgets and do-dads… and then wonder in the days that follow where on earth you should put these “handy” items. I enjoy the…

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Getting Teens Involved In Holiday Traditions

Teens are at the point in life where they’ve experienced family traditions many times over and are disenchanted.  When we’re young, everything is big and amazing, and it’s romanticized in our memory.  As we age, the magic fades a bit.  And as we mature, the magic takes on a different form — but we’ll get…

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A Minimal Approach To Holiday Obligations

For most of us, the Christmas season has become two months of stress and busyness wherein we work, plan, shop, attend parties, host parties, bake, cook, wrap… and BOOM! It’s over.  We then switch to “aftermath” mode, a dreary several weeks of cleaning and organizing, punctuated by pondering creative ways to serve leftovers from the…

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Dealing With Over-Abundant Gifting And Excess Toys

  This post is 3 of 3 in my Simplify The Gifts Mini-Series   Toys and an overabundance of gifts is its own special challenge. One thing we can do to slow the piles of presents is to redirect well-meaning family members toward alternative gift ideas. Start the conversation with “I have some fear in telling you…

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Simplify The Gifts This Holiday Season

  Welcome to my mini-series about Simplifying The Gifts This Holiday Season The more you can simplify, the greater the opportunity you have to enjoy the holidays. Are you ready to make this happen? Before we dig in, I have to warn you about something that’s critically important. And not paying attention to this will virtually…

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20 Meaningful Christmas Gifts That Don't Break The Bank

As your focus turns towards the upcoming holiday season, commit to giving with more intentionality, gifts that truly do celebrate the person receiving the gifts. It is the thought that counts. Put thought into your gift-giving and you will win every time! Time. Yes, that’s right- the gift of time. Set up a coffee date,…

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