Today I’m sharing an awesome collection of posts to give you everything you’ll need to simplify the holidays. I’m gathering everything in one place to make it easy to create a simple Christmas this year.
This collection of posts starts with big picture strategies you can use to keep your Christmas season as simple as possible. Then touches on how to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the influx of gifts during the holidays. And even gives you great gift ideas to give or suggest that won’t fill your house with clutter.
I’ve gathered up all these posts in one place so you can find it in one complete guide. Making it easy to simplify the holidays and create a simple Christmas. Go into this holiday season with a plan, inspiration and motivation to keep things simple!
The benefits of a simple Christmas
The holiday season can quickly become busy and stressful. We often start out with intentions to create a magical Christmas and holiday season for ourselves and our family. But these intentions often lead us to take on too much. Leaving us feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, stressed and even resentful.
The holiday season should be a time full of fun, not stress, and connection, not resentfulness. The best way I’ve found to take the stress, busyness and overwhelm out of the holidays is to simplify!
Eliminating the nonessentials gives us more time, space, energy and focus for the things that matter most to us. Once again, intentionally choosing less (stuff, commitments, to-dos, etc.) gives you the opportunity to choose more (fun, connection, love, etc.).
Let’s dive in!
The holiday season is a time we expect to be full of magic, giving and wonder. But for many of us, the holidays can quickly become stressful and overwhelming as one of the busiest, most expensive and most draining times of the year.
Between the gifts, the buying, the overspending, the never-ending to-do list, the parties, the baking, the busyness, etc. it can take the fun and meaning right out of the holidays.
The holidays begin feeling like an obligation and a chore, something we “have to do”. Instead of a special time of the year spent with the people we love most.
In this post, I share six ways to simplify the holidays and live intentionally during the holiday hustle. These six “big picture” tips give you practical ways to take the chaos, stress and craziness out of the holidays as a whole. Helping you create a simple, meaningful, heart-filled holiday season you and your family can enjoy together.
The post covers everything from getting clear about what your priorities are for the holidays, to adjusting your expectations to better align with your priorities.
We’ll touch on how to simplify traditions, decorations, gifts and more. Including plenty of practical tips and tricks to keep the holidays as simple as you’d like. Giving you more time, space and energy to focus on your priorities.
Click HERE to read the full post. Take a big-picture approach to create a simple Christmas and holiday season this year.
Creating a simple Christmas by simplifying gifts
Gifts seem to be one of the biggest sources of stress for many of us during the holiday season. Not only buying them but also receiving them.
To help, I have three posts to help you simplify and navigate the biggest gift-giving season of the year.
First up, let’s talk about how to handle gifts when you’re working toward simplifying and decluttering your home.
It’s easy to feel a little anxious about the influx of gifts you know are coming. Especially if you have kids! You’re working hard to clear the clutter and embrace a life with less. The last thing you want is to have all your hard work undone in a few hours on Christmas morning.
But fear not! There are easy ways to navigate holiday gifts as a minimalist family.
In this post, I share 5 simple strategies you can use to avoid feeling overwhelmed by gifts during the holidays. These strategies include both mindset shifts you can make, along with practical steps you can take to prepare your home for incoming gifts during the holidays.
The strategies in this post are just what you’ll need to prepare your home and your mind for holiday gifts so you can enjoy a simple Christmas.
Click HERE to read the full post and learn how to handle gifts with ease this holiday season!
Holiday gifts guides for a simple Christmas
One of my favourite ways to avoid feeling overwhelmed by gift giving and receiving is to give and request gifts that will be used and loved.
Clutter comes from things that we don’t need, use or love. If you can give and request gifts that will be useful or loved, you can avoid adding unnecessary clutter to your home or anyone else’s.
Or better yet, give gifts that aren’t “things” at all! Experience and consumable gifts are great options that won’t add any clutter and are easy to personalize.
But sometimes it can be hard to think of good gift ideas that will be used and loved or aren’t things at all. I’m terrible for drawing a blank anytime I need to think of a gift idea or suggestion.
I’ve found the best way to prepare is to have a list ready. This way I can make sure I’m buying or suggesting intentional gifts. Ones that will hopefully be loved and used. Or are experiences or consumable gifts that won’t add any more “stuff” at all!
To help you buy and suggest intentional, consumable or experience gifts that won’t add clutter, I’ve put together two clutter-free gift guides. One is specifically for kids and the other for everyone else!
In this post, I share 40 different clutter-free gift ideas for the kids in your life.
As I said, the ultimate clutter-free gifts aren’t “things” at all. Instead, they are experience or consumable gifts kids will love and enjoy, without adding any more “stuff” to their homes. You’ll find a bunch of examples and ideas of experience or consumable gift ideas in this gift guide. You can easily tailor these ideas to kid’s specific interests and activities they love.
However, if you, or friends or family, want to buy a physical gift for the kids in your life, the best way to avoid adding clutter is to be intentional with what you buy. Look for tried and true gifts and toys that kids seem to universally love. Because when a toy is used or loved, it’s not clutter.
But sometimes it’s hard to know what will be used and loved instead of ending up as clutter at the bottom of the toy box. Toy stores today are filled with so many toys. It’s overwhelming just taking it all in, let alone finding gifts that will be used and loved.
In this post, I share 25 gift ideas with staying power to find gifts that will be used and loved. Of course, consider the child’s individual interests, preferences and what they already have. Then use this list of gift ideas to find great gift suggestions that most kids (my own included!) seem to love and enjoy playing with often. Click HERE to read the full post.
Giving and receiving gifts is part of the holiday season for many of us. Giving and receiving gifts can be a lot of fun. But it can also be a source of stress sometimes too. Especially if you’re in the process of decluttering or are already living a minimalist lifestyle.
If you are decluttering and embracing minimalism, you are probably becoming more aware of how much clutter you had. As well as trying to stop the inflow of new “stuff” coming into your home. Not only that, but you might be trying to avoid adding clutter to other’s peoples’ homes with gifts as well.
These clutter-free gift ideas let you express love for those you care about, without adding clutter to their homes. As well as give you some great clutter-free gift ideas for yourself if anyone is asking what you’d like for a gift but you’d rather not add more “stuff” to your home.
You’ll find a list of 40 different gift ideas that aren’t “things” at all. Instead, they are experiences, activities, or consumable gifts that won’t add more stuff to anyone’s home.
Think about the recipient’s interests, hobbies, preferences and tastes. Then use this list of gift ideas to come up with a clutter-free gift they’ll be thrilled to receive!
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As you read through these posts about simplifying the holidays and creating a simple Christmas, you will probably notice a common theme: gratitude.
Choosing to have a grateful mindset is one the most significant changes you can make during your holiday season.
Making it a point to find things to be grateful for will shift your mindset from not enough to abundance. Keep your eyes and your heart open to notice all that you have to be grateful for over the holidays (and all year!). It’s amazing when you look for the good, how much good you will find.
You can read more about the power of gratitude when pursuing a simplified, minimalist lifestyle here. And if you want to learn more about how to make focusing on gratitude part of your daily life, check out this post to start and maintain your own gratitude practice.
What are your favourite tips to simplify the holidays?
Now that I’ve shared all my favourite tips to keep the holidays simple and stress-free, I’d love to hear from you! What are your favourites tips and tricks to simplify the holidays and create a simple Christmas? Is there anything you do (or don’t do!) to take some of the stress, busyness and chaos out of the holidays?
Or is there something that you’re ready to work on to simplify the holidays this year? I’d love to hear more about it. Leave a comment below and let me know!