The Holiday season is approaching quickly, and, for many of us, this time of year is quite bitter-sweet.
This is supposed to be a joyous time of year where we get to spend quality time with loved ones.
But, more people than we realize are plagued with the inability to invite visitors into their homes due to large amounts of clutter. Society has dictated that we are less-than-stellar humans if we are not able to keep on top of our "stuff" in our environments.
So, what do we do when we are not comfortable having others in to our homes for the Holidays?
We accept invitations to others' homes.
What happens when we get there? Well, the lovely corporate Retail Big Boys have managed to turn the Holidays into a strongly commercial time of year. Advertising aims at, and targets those of us who love to shop. And, societal norms are now laden with the expectation of giving material gifts to absolutely every single person we have been acquainted with.
So, when we leave our home and close the door on our clutter to travel over to a friend's home for some Holiday Cheer, what do we end up bringing back to our home? Gifts!! More material possessions to simply add to our piles of "stuff". Lovely!!
The worst part of it is that, because these people are acquaintances, the "stuff" we receive as gifts during the season is most likely "stuff" we will NEVER use. But, what do we do? We hang on to all of it for fear of insulting others.
Clutter truly is much like a snowball rolling downhill on a mild day. It grows and festers like mouldy cheese.
I, for one, was TIRED of this cycle, and have managed to implement a new mutually accepted tradition within my extended family. No one buys gifts for any other adult in the family. All the children under 18 get gifts, and that is it.
Quite a movement.
But, guess what? Our family has now returned to enjoying family time during the holidays. We no longer have to fight crowds at stores, and the stress is greatly reduced. Happiness, bonding, eating, laughing, and watching the children play with their new toys.
Ahhhhhh, the way the Holidays were MEANT TO BE!!!
Rhonda Wilson - CCSPTM
Home Staging and Decluttering Services
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