Minimalist Miscellany: Boundaries, Gratitude, Clutter-Free Gifts and More

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Today’s Minimalist Miscellany is about strengthening boundaries, living with grace and gratitude, clutter-free gifts, intentionalism, black minimalists and Facebook.

I hope all my American readers had a lovely Thanksgiving. We did, sharing the day with good friends. The weather was nice on Black Friday and we spent a lot of time outside (and none shopping).

Minimalism isn’t just about getting rid of stuff. It’s also about decluttering our schedules, which can be hard to do if you have trouble saying “no” to requests or feel you need to take care of everyone else. Sandra Pawulao describes 11 Sure Signs You Need to Strengthen Your Boundaries. She also provides tips on how to strengthen our personal boundaries.

When Grace and Gratitude Come First is an inspirational post. Courtney Carver suggests, “Instead of using grace and gratitude as tools to solve problems, let’s start from a place of grace and gratitude.” Since that’s easier said than done, she also lists some ways to do it.

Looking for clutter-free gifts for the holidays? Check out Slow Holidays: Clutter-Free Gifts and Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for a Simple Holiday Season. Also see my previous posts, Family Holiday GiftsPractical Gifts, and Clutter-Free Gifts.

Think “minimalist” is an over-used word? Tired of debates over what you “must” declutter? In Intentionalist, Not Minimalist, Shanna Trenholm says, “I still have too much stuff, but getting caught up in counting possessions takes the joy out of life. I’d rather focus on living than worry about earning the minimalist scout badge.”

Is Minimalism for Black People? discusses the different perspective black people bring to minimalism, noting, “though people of color have been practicing core principles of minimalism for generations, their lifestyle often resulted from poverty, classism, and racism.”

As an interesting side note, a recent study found that materialists collect Facebook friends and spend more time on social media. Lead author Phillip Ozimek says, “Materialistic people use Facebook more frequently because they tend to objectify their Facebook friends – they acquire Facebook friends to increase their possession.”

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