Mastering Holiday Shopping KonMari Style
‘Tis the season for gift giving, as you begin the shopping experience do you notice how your favorite stores have sales that attract your attention away from your task at hand? This holiday season stay KonMari Strong and focused and avoid purchasing unnecessary items for yourself and your home with practices of the KonMari Method™.
My clients often rave how the KonMari Tidying Process helps them shop with a new mindset. Instead of shopping all the sales they find during the holidays, they intentionally shop for only the items they truly need. Instead of purchasing the same shirt in a variety of colors, for example, they really joy check each color and each piece of clothing prior to making a purchase decision. They also research clothing before purchasing long-term items like “The Perfect Raincoat,” one that they will love so much and will use for many seasons to come. The KonMari Method™ teaches you the value of the items you own.
The idea of joy checking can also be applied to Gift Shopping (something to consider in the days ahead). When thinking about presents, try to pivot from goods to experiences with friends and family. An example of this could be gifting an experience like museum tickets or season pass to a family rather than gifting toys. Many of my clients have found that doing so calls for them to have real conversations with parents and kids alike to make sure they gift something that aligns with their interests. But being present to one another is one of the greatest gifts of all!
Just like my clients, I use the same principles for my holiday shopping. I like to give experiences to my siblings, like Broadway show tickets or weekend activities to spend quality time together. These gifts make for some of the greatest memories with family and friends! Other great examples of experience gift giving could be ski trips with high school friends or massages with your BFF. These are intentional gifts that mean so much more than an Amazon gift card ever will.
When I think back, my mom was similarly so thoughtful in her gift giving. She was always finding funny books for her nephews every Christmas and Far Side Calendars that would accompany them throughout the year. These are the little intentional things that make gift giving (and receiving) meaningful and fun.
This holiday season I encourage you all to think KonMari style with intention. The holiday season should spark joy for everyone!