When I tell people I’m a Minimalist, they tend to assume I don’t have anything to sit on in my house and that it’s stark and sterile. While I don’t really have comfortable things to sit on, I do have a couch and chairs. I also decorate my home, to the surprise of some, seasonally. While my definition of decorating seasonally may differ from the techniques of many, I do still like to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
It’s almost that time again. Christmas time of course! (For all those who observe it.) Unfortunately though modern western Christmas traditions don’t usually mix well with minimalism. Decking the halls and gift giving can easily get out of hand. However, with that said you can find a balance for the holidays that wont result in excess consumption and boxes of decorations that are only used for 1/12th of the year.
This year was an interesting one for us, in terms of the holiday season. This post is supposed to go up before Christmas, but it just didn’t happen. Lately I’ve been feeling unhappy in my surroundings, which typically means we have too many possessions.
Winter is just around the corner for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere (December 21st) and, although, many would argue it’s already here, the coldest days are yet to come. To help stay comfortable and save money this Winter season, try these five steps to help keep the drafts away and the warmth inside.
Decorating a tree doesn’t have to be intimidating, or expensive. I mixed inexpensive and expensive ornaments to achieve this earthy, yet festive, Christmas look.
(UPDATED: Data added to show effectiveness and video assembly!) It’s now July and depending on where you live you may be feeling the heat of summer. In my small corner or the northern hemisphere, we recently had temperatures spike into the 90’s(°F) all week when high 70’s and 80’s are historically average. When my air conditioners started to struggle to keep our poorly insulated apartment cool I decided it was time to devise ways I could reduce the temperatures and energy use inside.