Minimalist Christmas, Minimalist Life

keepchristmassimpleChristmas is over and we did well this year. Only a few items entered our home and I am proud to say that these are items we actually needed or will be treasured. Small picture books of our favorite photos of our grandchildren along with framed wedding photo’s from our son’s wedding this fall are items that make a house a home. A beautiful throw blanket for those cold nights was a perfect gift. We gave to each other gifts that we actually need and will replace old ones that are warn like a robe, socks and slippers for Sharon. I got a new pocket holster for my new Glock 42, an emergency radio which has a wind up generator built in and a 128 gig thumb drive to back up my computer files. We also gave practical gifts like a good bread cutting knife to add to one’s collection, a pregnancy pillow for the first time mom to be and gift cards for Home Depot or Amazon for our distant loved ones.

I believe that our family is finally starting to realize that we are minimalists and starting to understand where our value’s lye. The notice that the few items we have in our home are of value and the space around them is of the same importance as the item itself.

Each dollar we bring into our lives represents another chip away of the debt pile that we are slowly getting rid of and using some of it to purchase gifts is a big deal. With this in mind it allows us the freedom to purchase that one fine gift for someone rather that many low quality items just to make it look like we have a lot of stuff under the tree.

We are not “cheap” or even “frugal” in our ways. No, I like to attach the word “responsible” to our way of living. We understand that one day we will both be retired and the only successful way of ensuring that we will be able to both survive and thrive a bit is by having a home that is paid in full along with all other forms of debt paid off. Just think about how your life would be different right now if you didn’t have any credit card bills each month or car payments and didn’t have to pay a mortgage or rent. For us this is a priority and a mission that must be accomplished in the coming years.

With New Years approaching I will recommit my vows to a form of Minimalism that will push us a bit closer to accomplishing this goal. As it is still a distance away and sometimes hard to vision I know that through baby steps we will get a little closer as time goes on. These are the some values that we want to teach our own children, but we also understand that it is through living life and making mistakes along the way that give true meaning to finding their own answers as we found ours.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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8 Responses to Minimalist Christmas, Minimalist Life

  1. New Journey says:

    Good Morning….let me say, since we have really had to muck out the house, I am in awe of how much crap we have….of course its not really crap but certainly not needed to survive or really enjoy life….I have tinned out all areas of my kitchen…and I am so enjoying the bare walls, and the sparse look of the house….My husband and I both combined 2 full homes into one, neither of us wanting to give up our treasures…LOL we thought we had been down sizing…apparently not…LOL but now, we are being forced to touch each item, think about its use, then decide nay or stay…most of the decisions or nay….I am looking forward to keeping our new abode sparse and comfortable…I have some to a turning point…I definitely have to quit buying coffee cups…LOl I have given over 40 mugs to goodwill…I touched each one lovingly, thought about where and when I purchased and added it to the box….they are my weakness for sure….but as my husband keeps pointing out, you can only use one at a time and we both use the same one over and over….making it our favorite…crazy where you heart lies…LOL liked your post and like you we did the same, gave the kids what we thought the kids would like, need and use….and gift cards to the ones who are more difficult to buy for…like the men….LOL I always pick up fun things on our trips if I see that something that someone would like..well now I am rambling….to early, need more coffee. Happy New Year to you and Sharon…..Namaste my friend….kat

  2. Now I know why you were smiling when you read my post. I am smiling t00 ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Marquessa says:

    Great post! And I love that graphic!

  4. Terri says:

    That is wonderful,and I love your way of thinking. My mom and I decided last year that we no longer exchange gifts and just worry about buying for the nieces/nephews (her grandkids) and that’s it. No use just mailing *stuff* back and forth. And I think you guys have a great goal of retiring without debt. Glad to hear you had a great Christmas.

    • Thanks Terri. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of the biggest stressors about the Christmas Season is buying our loved one’s gifts. It’s too easy to get caught up in the gift aspect of the holiday and forget all about the joy that the day should bring.

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