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I love the holidays as much as the next person. But I’m not a fan of the pressure to find the perfect gift. Giving and receiving gifts is part of the holiday season for many of us. While giving and receiving gifts can be a lot of fun, it can also be a source of stress. specifically, if you or someone in your life is in the process of decluttering and living a more minimalist lifestyle.

Being a professional organizer, I regularly find myself helping clients let go of items that they have been holding onto simply because they were given the item as a gift. These are things that the client does not need, use or want…things that are taking up valuable space in their home because of a sense of obligation to the gift giver.

Choosing to live a simpler, clutter-free life doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy giving and receiving gifts. It just might mean you do it a little differently.


Benefits of Clutter-free Gift Giving

Clutter-free gift-giving provides a number of benefits such as the following:

  • It's clutter-free: There is no clutter associated with clutter-free gift giving, or very little, anyway. The clutter associated with such gifts, when there is any, is often temporary in nature as they are typically meant to be consumed.

  • It's personalized: To give a clutter-free gift requires thought and insight on the part of the gift-giver, which makes the gift all the more meaningful.

  • It's often unique: Clutter-free gifts tend to be original. Sweaters, scarves, books, etc., are fun to receive on occasion, but there is something really special about receiving an unexpected surprise.

  • It's often memorable: The kind of gifts that come without clutter often involve experiences, and it's through those experiences that memories are made.


What are clutter-free gifts?

Clutter-free gifts are things that are either not “things” at all and won’t take up any space in someone’s home, like experiences or activities. Or consumable items that will be used up, not adding any permanent clutter.

It is anything that someone else finds value in that likely won't take up permanent space in their homes.


The Best Clutter-Free Gifts For Everyone on Your List

If you are looking to delight your friends and family this year without adding more clutter to their homes? I’ve rounded up my favorite creative consumable and experience-based gifts – minus the side of clutter. Really think about the recipient’s tastes, preferences, and interests, and use this list of clutter-free gift ideas to come up with a great meaningful gift they’ll be thrilled to receive.


In Closing

Always remember that gift-giving is how many people demonstrate and express their love for you and your family. And it’s a wonderful thing to have people in your life who love you and your family enough that they want to spend their hard-earned money on gifts to express their love.


Want more tips on home organizing?

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Thanks for following along on our journey as we declutter and organize!



& The A Meaningful Space Team



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