Okay, so I know the cliche of minimalism is empty apartments or homes to be considered “minimalist” but for me, it is an ever-evolving lifestyle. To me, minimalism is about finding what works for you and ridding yourself of the rest. Minimalism is about getting rid of what does not matter and it even pertains to finding out that it sweeps over into your everyday life and sometimes has nothing to do with stuff at all. Frugality is a way of life that we choose to be able to live better on less so that we can one day live like no one else.
We sacrifice in a good way not in deprivation but in a discipline with our money so that we can achieve things that matter to us in our lives that is where the frugal minimalist term comes in. I don’t constantly donate unless I know that it is not needed. My home is uncluttered to me and everything has a home and serves a purpose to us.
Home should be a place you never want to leave and when you do, upon returning you are ever so grateful to just be HOME.
So, on that note, I always love to see other people’s kingdoms (homes) how they live and what it looks like. I like to see if I can learn something new from them and apply it to my life.
Since I absolutely love to creep on the internet and see the home tour’s, I thought I would invite you int my home to view a few touches of my homey Christmas decor to make my home festive on a minimal budget.
This year we bought our tree from our local nursery and we are never turning back. It was like $10 more ( not so frugal to buy a new Christmas tree every year, I know but ya know you only live once and my husband says a fresh tree is a non-negotiable). The tree smells amazing, it looks and feels so amazing I might keep it up till is passes on.
I know, the nerve of keeping a Christmas tree up in January! I have always thought only lazy people had Christmas decor up in January but I might strip it bare and let it sit beautifully on the back patio until it passes.
Until then let’ enjoy it in all of its splendor!
Okay so the tree is not frugal nor very minimal but we did only put the most important to us ornaments on it.
My husband added the gold and red to match the bow since he is a matchy-matchy kind of guy and we have had those ornaments for about 7 years, $0 spent this year.
The tinsel came from the Dollar Tree last year $0 spent this year. The beads came from a yard sale this year and it was two packages for only $.50 and the shiny bright blue star ornament was .25 cents at the same sale!
I had bought the ribbon last year from the after Christmas sale at Hobby Lobby so about $2.00 for that and it has been used everywhere for family gifts so by the time I added the bow for the tree I would say it estimates for about $.50. The little silver ornaments were $1.00 for a tube at the Dollar Tree in which I hung in a few places so this breaks down to about $.50.
The most expensive part was the tree coming in at $70! Hey, you only live once and if it keeps my husband happy, you bet I will spend it every year! That is the cool thing about being frugal, you can spend where it is important to you or to your loved ones.
Total cost for our tree and decor this year comes to $71.25
**Each ornament has a picture of my family but it is turned around for privacy purposes.
I challenged myself this year to have every gift wrapped and ready to roll before December 1st hit, I was at 98.99 percent. Macy’s took a while to send their packages. However, I was able to put a lot of thought into each individual’s gift and now have been enjoying get-togethers without stressing.
Starting on December 1st, I began to give out my friends and family little tokens of gifts. I don’t have any left so I have no picture but I filled mason jars with granola, made a trail mix of white and dark chocolate with pecans and cranberries and did little baggies of pretzels to keep their home fires burning, This helped me feel more of the giving and it has been awesome!
So, here is my living room which is the second most used room beside the kitchen which is the heart of our home.
I just added a bit here and there and it ended up being maximalist, but I am okay with that for our favorite holiday. I mean we are celebrating Christ’s birthday whether we decorate or not but I like to be festive because as a Christian it means the world to me.
The Bay window with cinnamon pine cones, a gift from my parents.
Now to the heart of the home, the kitchen.
We are saving up for a home of our own as many of you know if you have been around here for a minute. So, I make my home a nest of coziness the best I can since I cannot remodel all the while remembering that it is not about the look of my home it is the love and nurturing that matters.
So, please in no way do I want you to feel like you need to have a lot or be more like me in any way. You be your beautiful self and decorate how you will I just hope to inspire you to nest in your home to make it cozy.
A splash of Christmas Decor in the bedroom and bathrooms.
I have been so minimal on Christmas for the past 5 years that this year I let myself have a good time and just add some sparkle a little here and there. I hope you enjoyed the sparkle of Christmas that I added to my home.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope it is calm and bright. Remember, it isn’t about the presents but the memories and the presence of your attention.
For Christians, it is about being so grateful that the creator of the earth graced us with himself by coming to earth to save mankind so we celebrate his birth as a man but He is very much the same God who created the world in which we live.
Whatever you believe, I hope you have wonderful holidays!
I hope you enjoyed peeking into my home! I enjoyed photographing it for you! Now, its time for a hot cocoa with some whipped cream and crushed peppermint! Yum!
Total Spent On Christmas Decor In 2018: $112 including the tree, wrapping etc.
Not bad considering I bought the mats in September so they are not really Christmas decor bringing our Christmas total to an even $100 with a real tree. 🙂 I will work on lowering that price next year, you can count on that! It was so much fun breaking everything down for you and showing you that being a frugal minimalist is not about slavery but the freedom to be creative and content.
Share with me, are you frugal a minimalist, a maximalist, or an organizer ?
Do you get your Christmas shopping done early? Any tips to share?
I would love to learn from you!♥
Again, wishing you a Merry Christmas my friends!