A Season of Less

I’ve always been kind of contrary. I like the idea of doing the opposite of what’s expected or what everyone else is doing. It usually puts me in a place where it’s less crowded and less chaotic and I like places like that.

Being on the verge of Christmas Chaos had me thinking today–thinking about what I could do to feel good and not overwhelmed and spent by the end of this month and the end of the year. I looked around the house and it hit me, I want less. I would love to start 2016 with less.

So here’s my plan, everyday in December I will throw out one large trash bag worth of stuff and fill another large trash bag of stuff to be donated. By the time January rolls around I’ll be ready for the new year, new projects, new ideas. I’ll have a clean (or at least cleaner) slate.

The more I thought about it the more I saw the modern logic to my plan. December used to be a time of filling your house with stuff; food stuff, indoor projects, stuff you needed to get through the long winter. Homes were literally stuffed to the rafters with the provisions needed to last until spring. It was a great idea for a little house on the prairie.

But for a modern, post-industrial household it’s not only unnecessary, it’s demoralizing and frustrating. With so much cheap (really, really cheap) stuff available we’ve filled our houses to the rafters with knickknacks, geegaws, gag gifts, maybe-someday clothes, etc. Today, Cyber Monday, my email inbox was overloaded with millions more items I could add to the pile, each for a price so low it was hard to say no. All that stuff looks great until the boxes arrive and you realize you have no place to put it.

I’m not religious and don’t really celebrate anything this time of year but this year I’m changing all that. 2015 is the start of Declutter December. Anyone and everyone can celebrate but it works especially well for contrarians, people like me who tend to run in the opposite direction when I see the crowds approaching. Something tells me I won’t have to wake at 2 a.m. to go battle someone for the last box of trash bags.

So, who’s with me? Who else wants to declare today the start of Declutter December?

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5 thoughts on “A Season of Less

  1. OMG! You are my new hero! I would love to start 2016 with less stuff. I can’t manage two bags a day, but I will shoot for two bags a weekend. : )

    I didn’t buy a single thing over the Black Friday madness, something my kids found distressing! So I sat them down and offered them a deal, lessons and trips over gifts.
    We don’t need more stuff, but I’m always happy to support making some new family memories, or paying for my kids to master some new skills. Ice skating and hip hop dancing here we come.

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    1. Thank you for joining me in declutter December. I managed two bags last night and I’m ready to jump in there and find more stuff that needs to go today. I love the idea of giving kids trips or lessons. They will definitely remember those long after trendy toys are forgotten. My two are getting close to “fly the coop” age and I want as many experiences with them as possible. Let me know how your clean out goes.

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