30 items of clothing, 7 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
It is December and Christmas is fast approaching! This season I will be uploading a series of posts and videos about minimalism during the holiday season. Today, I will discuss why I got rid of my Christmas tree.
As a young child, the holiday season held so much promise and anticipation. As someone who did not grow up in a particularly well-off family, Christmas was a time of magic and shiny new things. It was so exciting opening those gifts on Christmas morning. I loved the ritual, and continued it long into my twenties.
I purchased my tree a decade ago. I bought it while I worked in a large department store, getting a discount on the expensive item. The amount I spent on it demonstrates how much value I placed in the holiday season at that time. I was thrilled about its purchase. I covered it in pine essential oil, so it would smell like the trees my granddad used to cut down in Poland. I guess I was always an aesthetic minimalist, because the only decorations it ever wore were fairy lights, and I loved the way this looked. I would go out of my way to buy nice gifts for my loved ones, wrap them up and leave them under the tree to be opened on Christmas morning.
So what happened?
My decision to sell my Christmas tree didn’t come down to one thing, but many.
Two important reasons it was time to let the tree go were the clutter it created and my changing attitude to the holidays.
The tree was big and it took up a lot of space, even while packed up. The amount of time I spent using it was quite small compared with the time I did not. It was a large burden to store during ten months of the year. Before my last move I decided it was time to say goodbye.
My minimalist journey has caused me to question a lot, because I’ve had no choice but to reassess where I am and who I am. Sometimes shedding objects leads to shedding mindsets and rituals. My old Christmas rituals do not suit the current circumstances of my life. This took a few years to realise, and even longer to accept. The way forward is new adventures, new rituals and new mindsets. There is no space in our lives for things that don’t serve us. Holding onto those can be a weight that drags us down and keeps us living in place that isn’t really there.
This holiday season I feel light.
Below is a video discussing these ideas in more detail. Check out my YouTube channel for new videos about minimalism every week. Follow me on Instagram, where I record my minimalist outfits. Check me out on Facebook for resources and updates. I also have a Patreon account, where today I have discussed some questions to ask yourself if you unsure about whether an item (or habit) does not suit your life anymore.