“The more you own, the more it owns you” – Henry Rollins
I’ve come across this list of clutter statistics often over the last few years, and yet, it continues to shock me. We North Americans really have perfected the art of consuming (eye roll).
Ok, so it might be a little early for an update on one of my 2017 financial goals, but whatevs… Today, I took the first step in achieving my goal of decluttering at least 2 things a day for 2017 by making my first ‘stuff’ donation of the year. I made this donation to Value Village. Why VV? Well, to be perfectly honest, it’s for the rebate. You see, when you donate to VV, you get a punch card for discounted shopping. The more you donate, the bigger your discount. And we buy quite a bit of stuff at VV, so it’s win-win, almost like an exchange program!! Today, I dropped off:
In part 1, I talked about Christmas gifts, mainly those received by our kids. Part 2 is about the gifts we give. Every year, we (well, mostly me, except in the case of used items, which hubs is equally keen about) make a conscious effort to give from the following ‘categories’:
When you’re actively trying to declutter & simplify your home, Christmas can be very challenging. Especially with 3 kids. And very wonderful, giving, generous relatives.
I remember a few years back (long before I’d ever encountered the concepts of minimalism or simplifying), being HORRIFIED by all the gifts my kids received (many of which consisted of several thousand pieces, or so it seemed), ridiculously-impossible-to-get-into plastic packaging, non-recyclable gift wrap, excessive amounts of money spent (especially bothersome when it came from those with low means), not to mention over-the-top consumerism, that Christmas brought along… To top it all off, it would often take weeks (or even MONTHS!) just to integrate all the new toys into the already-massive toy collection… SO. MANY. TOYS.