One of my favorite ways to pass time is to organize and purge. Ask my husband… nothing is safe in our house. I go through piles, closets, drawers, and toy bins on the regular. I can’t stand clutter so much so that I often donate things we haven’t even used or opened. We are ridiculously blessed and our kids (albeit forever bored) have so many toys and games and pets and heck, even a zip line in their own backyard. Our cup overfloweth.
I am a firm believer in “less is more”. I wouldn’t go as far to say that I am a minimalist, but I don’t keep ahold of things sentimentally all too often and like to only have what we’ll use currently. Sometimes it seems like a wonderful quirk of mine when the house is clean or the closet is organized. Other times, it’s a pain in the rear. Like when my husband and I argue over how many tools is overboard while I accuse him of hoarding or I throw away a pile of paperwork that he REALLY needed during my last office purge.
Nonetheless, more recently I’ve wanted to just stop the cycle. As much as I enjoy a good purge, what would be most beneficial and productive for my family is to stop the process two steps back. Instead of gathering and shopping and getting surplus, only to get overwhelmed with the “muchness” of our homes and stuff it in a plastic trash bag to donate a few months later… why not reduce what we let in? Why not surround ourselves with less “stuff” and fulfill our desire for “more” with experiences?
Insert my new idea. “Experience gifts” are at the top of my list. I can’t be the only mama who feels this way? In fact, I know I’m not. I’ve had article after article pop up on my newsfeed with moms begging people to stop buying so many toys. I’m suggesting things we can’t wrap or put under the Christmas Tree but that will fill our loved ones and let them know we specifically thought of them and didn’t just grab a gift card at CVS on the way over. So if we aren’t scurrying around on black Friday for the cheapest random gifts we can find or lining up for Toy-R-Us door busters, what in the Sam Hill do I suggest to your eager loved ones ready to play Santa? Why I’m glad you asked…
“Experience Gift” Ideas for Everyone on Your Holiday List