What happens when minimalist desires crash with the consumerism of the holidays?
This week we chat with mom-to-3 and host of the Minimalist Moms podcast, Diane Boden, about how she stays true to her minimalism during the holidays. Learn about Diane’s minimalist journey and her recommendations on where to start if you are interested in decluttering or minimalism.
Diane is a wife and mom to 3, lover of books, travel, cool autumn days and coffee. She is a reformed ‘shop-aholic’ who now readily embraces a ‘less is more’ lifestyle. I was very excited to learn that Diane not only lived in Columbus (where I live) but in the same part of town. We were able to get together on a Saturday morning to record and episode for each of our podcasts. Check out my appearance on her Minimalist Moms podcast talking Clutter-Free Gift Giving below.
A MINIMALIST DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Let’s start with Diane’s definition of minimalism. She defines it as being very intentional about bringing things into your home. Take a few moments to consider where an item with go, if you need it, or if you have something like it already
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.William Morris
When it comes to staying intentional during the holidays, Diane recommends focusing on experience. Find activities your family will enjoy together rather than concentrating on the gifts.
When it does come to gifts, create a specific list for family or friends. This way the items that come in will be loved or useful. You may not be able to guide every purchase, but you can do your best to steer generous friends and relatives in the right direction.
Also, focus on living the change your want people to see. Friends and family may not understand your decluttering or minimalism journey right away. Keep reinvesting in what you believe. Your happiness in your lifestyle is the best example for why they should respect your way of life.
Finally, if you are thinking of starting a decluttering or minimalism journey for yourself in the New Year, Diane recommends starting in the least sentimental place. Maybe the bathroom or the kitchen. Somewhere you can remove items quickly and easily. Then live with the decluttered space and relish in feeling less stressed before moving on to another space.
Poinsettia – Cranberry Mimosa
- 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur (Triple Sec or Cointreau)
- 3 oz Cranberry Juice
- 3 oz Champagne
- Fresh or Frozen Cranberries optional
- Rosemary Sprig optional
- Pour the orange liqueur and cranberry juice into a chilled champagne flute.
- Top with champagne. Garnish with cranberries and sprig of rosemary (optional).
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