The Year of Living Minimally – Week Nineteen


Or not. I choose not to. Come on – isn’t it enough already? Haven’t you had enough of the pressure?

Part of my quest to living more minimally means having less, buying less, using less. For the past 19 weeks, I’ve purged, recycled, donated, and tossed out a lot of things that others can use but we do not need.

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this Christmas (season), according to the annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. I bet most of it will be charged. And some of that will not be paid off in full when the bill comes in. And you know what I say – DEBT is a four-letter word.

We’ve all been taught that gift-giving means love. The bigger the gift, the more we love that person. Wrong! Our obsession with giving material things is simply a “requirement” created by the retail industry.

Try giving your time to someone this year. Make a memory. Live an experience.


3 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Nineteen

  1. We used the China yesterday that I remember as a teenager. Always afraid to use, which is silly. We should be enjoying these items and putting memories into them.
    I agree gift giving needs to come from the heart. More expensive doesn’t mean better or I love you more. Just being thoughtful to what this person may really enjoy.


  2. Yesterday as we were finishing dinner I told my sister we would just throw the china in the dishwasher. She was shocked that this set which had been hand-washed for years was going in the DW. I told her that at my age, I am tired of worrying that the gold finish might be damaged and again mentioned needing to get rid of so much of my ‘stuff’. It was also a veiled hint to not buying me more of it for Christmas.


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