When this time of year rolls around, I usually get a little anxiety pang in the pit of my stomach and in my chest. The stress of gift giving, buying and getting decorations up, the preparations for get-togethers, all the FA LA LA LA FACK OFF! (Sorry, that should have been my inside voice). My husband and I have always been very "subtle" with the holidays. Yes, we celebrate with friends and family, we love all the festive activities and we love all the eating! But, we pretty much DESPISE everything else. The awkward gift-giving exchanges, all the stuff you buy to decorate that ultimately turns into waste and us poor parents that work our asses off to get our kids everything they've ever dreamed of and more only to pass on the accolades to "Santa".
I thought maybe having a kid may change the way we deal with the holidays, but in fact, it's made me even more obsessive about being a #minimalistMom. I've never been the type of person to overdo it and from day one I've tried to be as minimal as possible. (FYI to all the first time parents out there if you missed it, you should read over my very tight list of "Things You Need For Baby"). Also, I don't know about you, but the more minimal things are...the less you have to clean, organize and tidy. Makes sense right? You all of a sudden have space in your head to think more clearly.
So here's my challenge and what I struggle with on a daily: What I do in my professional career, is push more product. My job is to find more products at the right prices and find creative ways to market them to buying customers - It's what we call retail. On the personal side, I'm trying to be the complete opposite, trying to leave a smaller footprint, trying to do what I can to consume less. I know it's not going to happen overnight and it's going to take some lifestyle changes. But I know we as a family can get there, one small step at a time. So here's what we are doing this holidays (and onwards) to keep things to a minimum:
1. Ask yourself the hard question, "Do you really need it?". Our space is not too big and trying to fit a tree is just not possible. Thought about it, wish we can fit one but not going to happen. I do admit, I love the lights and the warmth of the holidays so we decided to keep the decorations simple with a mini light up tree from Restoration Hardware. It has a small foot print, it lights up and it requires no extra decorations, and it's super easy to store!