We all know someone who has a LOT of stuff. They have a home full of chotchkies, clothes, handbags, candles, jewelry, linens… everything! So what do you do when it’s their birthday, anniversary, mother’s day or father’s day?
We understand the struggle. You don’t want to give just another thing that will collect dust or be tossed among the piles. You want to be thoughtful but you don’t want to enable or contribute to their clutter. So what do you do?
In the organizing world there is something we call “clutter-free gifting.” It’s a way of giving that won’t leave a person overwhelmed with more clutter. It can be a consumable, something that doesn’t last forever like flowers or it can be an experience gift like tickets to a concert. You can get pretty creative making clutter-free gifts like making a babysitter coupon book, detailing their car, making a quilt with items they already have. There are so many ways to reduce the clutter and give mindfully.
Recently Abundance Organizing took a road trip for a company retreat to the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Every year we like to give staff something to munch on between meals since they will be in intense training for a full day or more. This year we made these snack jars.
We stuffed the jars with apricots, chocolate chips, almonds, pretzels, dried cranberries, sesame crackers, apples, clementines, and banana chips! All the snacks were stuffed inside mason jars and the jars were covered with pretty paper and ribbon. Maybe this idea will inspire you to create a clutter-free gift for someone you love.
Other clutter-free gift ideas:
A consumable of any kind – muffins, brownies, a basket of fruit, etc.
An experience – tickets to a show, a massage, a weekend trip with friends, etc.
A service – a gift certificate for a house cleaning, yard maintenance, a consultation with an interior designer, etc.
Memberships – annual membership to a fine arts museum, cheese of the month club, gym membership, etc.