This holiday I wanted to focus on releasing the old to prepare for the new year. The day after Thanksgiving I began The 33 Days Declutter Project that will end New Year’s Eve. One of the greatest gifts that this decluttering project has given me is creating a new perspective towards the holiday season.
1. Decluttering Versus Accumulating
Since I began The 33 Days Declutter Project I’ve been focusing on getting rid of three things each day. This mind set doesn’t really allow much space for the desire to shop. Yet it does offer others one less person to shop for as I’ve asked for a gift-free holiday.
2. A Gift-Free or DIY Holiday
I asked my family not to buy me any gifts this year. I’ve set my intention to just enjoy being with my family and creating wonderful memories. I’ve also decided not to spend money that is not budgeted buying gifts this year. I will instead create beautiful DIY holiday gifts that are always enjoyed by my family.
One of the greatest benefits of DIY gifts is that it eliminates the extensive shopping online and in stores. Plus I truly love making them. Another great DIY gift option is to bake something exceptionally yummy. It is a beautiful gesture to give something homemade and filled with love whether it is a beautiful body balm or a basket of cookies, muffins, or cupcakes.
3. Minimizing The Schedule
One of the biggest things that I’ve been focusing on has been finding ways to be less busy this holiday and in general. Simplifying my schedule has been extremely helpful yet also challenging. For starters I put my Etsy store on vacation mode. Although it’s the holiday season, I needed to find a way to stop spreading myself so thin with so many various projects. I also reclaimed a few hours from the volunteer work I was doing to have more time to complete other tasks and also rest. Instead of trying to do more this holiday, I’m focusing on doing less. For such a glorious time of year, being stressed out doesn’t exactly fit the description. (FYI: My Etsy shop is open this holiday ;))
4. Simple Holiday Decor
I had a moment that made me choose a more zen approach to things while getting out the Christmas tree decorations. After putting both sets of lights on the tree I found out that both sets of lights were broken. I didn’t plug them in prior to putting them up, so I had to unfortunately remove the lights shortly after.
Instead of running to the store to purchase new lights, what I would have normally done to have a perfect holiday tree, I decided that this year we just won’t have any lights. So our tree looks beautiful during the day, yet doesn’t “glow” at night necessarily. And that’s perfectly okay! I also chose only three different Christmas tree decorations: a string of silver beads, large white flowers, and pearled wrapped gift ornaments (pictured above). Very simple, still stunning, and perfectly imperfect!
5. Opt Out On Holiday Cards
I’ve done holiday cards a few times, yet have found that sending holiday e-cards are much better on the environment. Some holidays like this one I’ve opted out on doing either completely guilt free and I’ll send my love in other ways. It saves time and sanity when things can just get too busy.
6. Dressing For Holiday Parties & New Year’s Eve
Dressing up for holiday parties and new year’s eve is always fun if you have something in mind to wear. There is a lot of holiday marketing that implies what a holiday party should look like and how you should dress for one. It can make you feel like you have again nothing to wear and are just not prepared.
I’ve been keeping it simple by pulling out my favorite black dress for more casual parties and my black cocktail dress for formal occasions. Even a beautiful white silk/chiffon blouse, a sleek blazer, slim pants, and great pair of heels does the trick. There is nothing wrong with keeping it simple and adding a bold statement piece whether it be shoes, a bag, necklace, earrings, or red lips. Yes I do consider bold red lips a statement piece. It’s classy, chic, and timeless!
7. Create A New Holiday Perspective
The 33 Days Declutter Project continues to bring new perspective to my life with what I surround myself with and how I spend my time this holiday and in general. Although I’m not counting it as one of the things that I’m decluttering, I am releasing the need to keep up with or compare what my holiday looks like with others. I’m also giving myself some breathing room to enjoy my holiday versus work through it trying to make everything perfect.
It’s perfectly fine to redefine this holiday season for yourself and embrace the time you spend with family and friends in a new way.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)