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Someone on Facebook posted this image and it was exactly what I needed to read in that moment.

All you need is less. 

This time of year is insane. It’s the one time of year where we actually take the time to reflect on all we’re thankful for and spend extra quality time with our family and friends while simultaneously scouring the internet and malls for killer deals on a bunch of crap none of us really even need. I don’t know about you, but for me Christmastime is a bundle of happiness and love and stress and exhaustion.

Right now more than anything, I am craving simplicity. Do you ever have moments where you just want to throw away every item you own and start over? And keep things clean, and streamlined, and simple? I do. And I’m not just talking about the physical clutter. I also crave a more simple schedule and a non-existent to do list. A girl can dream, can’t she? 🙂

One little Christmas tradition I’ve decided to implement with my children this year is to fill up at least one garbage bag with toys that they want to donate to children in need. If they want to get any new toys from Santa, they must give away some old toys. I figure it will be good for them to learn about giving and it will be good for my sanity to have a little less clutter in the toy department.

Also, I’m going simple this year in my gift-giving. Luckily, we draw names for Christmas gifts in both my family and my hubby’s family. This is such a blessing and a weight off everyone’s shoulders! For one thing we don’t have to stress about buying or preparing 50 million gifts and we don’t end up with a bunch of unnecessary items that were given to us just because people felt like they “had to.” It’s simple. Love it.

As for gifts for my kids, that’s where I struggle. I want to give them the world. I want them to wake up Christmas morning to a floor covered in gifts just so I can see the excitement in their eyes. But, they are still young and I still have time to create the tradition that I want them to grow up knowing. And what I want them to know is that it isn’t about quantity and it isn’t about stuff and it isn’t about the gifts at all. I’m going to pull in the reigns a little this year and keep things simple. Simple, but happy.

After all, sometimes less really is more.

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  • I tell myself this all the time… and luckily for the most part and compared to what I know of many families back home, we do a pretty good job of this… partially due to lack of storage and lack of accessibility to ‘stuff’ down here. I can imagine how hard it is living in a place where they have EVERYTHING though. I love the idea of giving away a garbage bag of toys each year before getting more. We actually had several families do this when donating toys to our baby group, so we got the toys and the moms got the clutter gone. Worked for everyone 🙂 I actually make my husband do this with his clothes. Whenever he wants/needs new things, I make him get rid of equal amounts of old things and donate it to others in need around town. For Christmas we do pretty well. We don’t get each other gifts and are only giving Alidia 3 pretty simple gifts (slippers, a book set and a playmobile toy) for Christmas. Again, I really couldn’t give her more if I wanted to… no space!! It is great that both of your families do exchanges instead of everyone having to buy gifts for everyone. We did this the year of our wedding when we had family here. It is tough but cutting down on stuff really does feel good and freeing!! 🙂 

  • I tell myself this all the time… and luckily for the most part and compared to what I know of many families back home, we do a pretty good job of this… partially due to lack of storage and lack of accessibility to ‘stuff’ down here. I can imagine how hard it is living in a place where they have EVERYTHING though. I love the idea of giving away a garbage bag of toys each year before getting more. We actually had several families do this when donating toys to our baby group, so we got the toys and the moms got the clutter gone. Worked for everyone 🙂 I actually make my husband do this with his clothes. Whenever he wants/needs new things, I make him get rid of equal amounts of old things and donate it to others in need around town. For Christmas we do pretty well. We don’t get each other gifts and are only giving Alidia 3 pretty simple gifts (slippers, a book set and a playmobile toy) for Christmas. Again, I really couldn’t give her more if I wanted to… no space!! It is great that both of your families do exchanges instead of everyone having to buy gifts for everyone. We did this the year of our wedding when we had family here. It is tough but cutting down on stuff really does feel good and freeing!! 🙂 

  • Sybil @ Peace it all Together

    I saw this quote on Facebook, too…how true it is! I am also feeling the need to simplify with gift giving. One thing that I have done with my kids, since my four year old was born, which meant three kids to buy for, is buy each child only three gifts. They each have a gift that is an item of clothing, one that is a book or something to read, and then another that is a toy or for my girls, who are getting older, something they’ve asked for. I definitely need to have them go through old toys, etc before Christmas this year!

  • Sybil @ Peace it all Together

    I saw this quote on Facebook, too…how true it is! I am also feeling the need to simplify with gift giving. One thing that I have done with my kids, since my four year old was born, which meant three kids to buy for, is buy each child only three gifts. They each have a gift that is an item of clothing, one that is a book or something to read, and then another that is a toy or for my girls, who are getting older, something they’ve asked for. I definitely need to have them go through old toys, etc before Christmas this year!

  • Dramaqueensmum

    I’ve been really wanting to organize & get rid of a lot of stuff. We have so much.

    • Oh my gosh, I feel like our house is overflowing. Mainly there are just toys EVERYWHERE.

  • Dramaqueensmum

    I’ve been really wanting to organize & get rid of a lot of stuff. We have so much.

  • I often feel like I belong in another country. 🙂

  • It sounds like you already do a great job with the simplistic gift giving!

  • Oh my gosh, I feel like our house is overflowing. Mainly there are just toys EVERYWHERE.

  • We’re doing the same thing this year, for the first time with the kids. I was inspired last year by the “4 gifts” philosophy: want, need, play (or wear) and read. They’ll still get Santa gifts and gifts from family, but we’ve also told them that we’re going to ask Santa to take it easy, too. They have SO much, and I want to make sure they don’t take what they have for granted. I mentioned doing a toys for tots type of thing because I explained that so many other kids aren’t nearly as lucky as they are, and they actually told me they could go through their room and find toys they’re not using anymore to give to other people. It’s a start 🙂 We’ll see if they follow through.

    • I had Leila fill up a garbage bag (& then some) with toys to give away to “the kids who don’t have many toys” and she was SO into it! It was awesome! I was totally expecting tears and a lot of talking her through it, but she did so well with letting things go. Working on a post right now. 🙂

  • We’re doing the same thing this year, for the first time with the kids. I was inspired last year by the “4 gifts” philosophy: want, need, play (or wear) and read. They’ll still get Santa gifts and gifts from family, but we’ve also told them that we’re going to ask Santa to take it easy, too. They have SO much, and I want to make sure they don’t take what they have for granted. I mentioned doing a toys for tots type of thing because I explained that so many other kids aren’t nearly as lucky as they are, and they actually told me they could go through their room and find toys they’re not using anymore to give to other people. It’s a start 🙂 We’ll see if they follow through.

  • I had Leila fill up a garbage bag (& then some) with toys to give away to “the kids who don’t have many toys” and she was SO into it! It was awesome! I was totally expecting tears and a lot of talking her through it, but she did so well with letting things go. Working on a post right now. 🙂