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If your children have grandparents like my child does they are probably used to getting gifts for every occasion.
Even when I was a child my mother would buy us gifts for every occasion. I don’t remember minding it so much as a child but now that I am the parent of a child I don’t see the point.
I understand my mother didn’t have a lot growing up so I can’t blame her for trying to make our lives better. What she didn’t know is that we didn’t need more material possessions to make our childhood better. We already had her love and that was enough.
Minimalist Living and Giving Gifts
I think there is often a blurred line between gifts and love. We give gifts on Valentine’s Day a holiday that promotes love. Why do we need a gift to show love? We don’t.
It’s hard to change the way we think about gifts but once you do you will realize how unnecessary it really is.
In a generation brought up to expect a gift for every occasion, it is easy to get lost in the notion. We try to focus more on activities rather than materials when it comes to gift giving.
Gifts and Guilt
If you are looking to ditch some of the gifts you already have too many of start by sorting them into separate piles. Separate them into these piles:
Damaged, unrepairable or unused items.
Keepsakes, items with attachment, or emotional connection.
Donate or sell
Items you are willing to part with.
Once you have separated your items into piles you will want to act immediately. Throw away any junk items. Sell or Donate any items you are willing to part with.
As for the sentimental items, I would like you to consider displaying them somewhere in your home. If you don’t have room for them or don’t want them out in the open then you should consider putting them in the donate pile.
I’d like you to go through these items once every couple days to be sure that you truly want to keep them. Ask yourself if they bring you joy? Do you actually use them? After about a month of reconsidering you should have slimmed your sentimental pile down to hopefully only a few items.
With all things when it comes to our children there is a lesson to be learned. Using this goal of a more minimalist life can really be a great upbringing for any child.
Learning that less is more and to be happy with less is never a bad thing.
When you get to decide what distractions you want from life you are much more free and able to live the life that you have always wanted.
That is a lesson I will gladly raise my daughter with.
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How do you handle gift giving and receiving in your home? Please share with us in the comments!