Traditional Clutter-Free Anniversary Gifts

Wedding PhotoAs my husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary last month I struggled with what to get him.  We have a small house and since the birth of our daughter it’s become even smaller!  A lot has happened in the past five years from military deployments, living in 4 different states, starting and relocating a business, traveling to various states and countries and of course the birth of our daughter just 6 months ago.  I wanted to give a gift that was special but didn’t take up space.  I thought about past articles I’ve written about clutter-free gift giving.  This reflection led me to think about the many anniversaries we have in front of us.  I researched the traditional anniversary gifts and wanted to put a clutter-free spin on the list.

When in doubt about the perfect anniversary gift, give the gift of time.  Plan a day doing things you love to do with the one you love.  The memories and joy you both will take away from that time together will last longer than the joy a gift would bring and the clutter that would inevitably follow.

Happy Anniversary!


Traditional Gift

Modern Gift

Clutter-Free Gift


Paper Clock Tickets to an event


Cotton China Breakfast in bed


Leather Crystal Champagne toast


Fruit or Flowers Appliances Flowers (reuse a vase you alreadyhave or a pitcher)


Wood Silverware Take a cooking class together


Candy or Iron Wood Box of chocolates


Wool or Copper Desk Sets Spend quality time together in frontof the fire cuddled under a warm woolblanket


Bronze Lace or Linens Take a hot air balloon ride together


Pottery Leather Tickets to a sporting event


Tin or Aluminum Diamond Jewelry Membership to a Beer of the Month Club


Crystal Watches Attend a wine tasting event together


China Platinum Dinner out at a 5-star restaurant


Silver Silver Renew your wedding vows


Pearl Diamond Get your family portrait taken to showoff your pearly whites


Coral Jade Revisit your honeymoon spot


Ruby Ruby Write a poem for your sweetheartusing red ink


Gold Gold Let your family and friends host a party


Emerald Emerald Watch the Wizard of Oz together


Diamond Diamond Let your family and friends host a party

Summer Bucket List


Summer Bucket List

I don’t know about you, but at the end of the school year the last thing I want to think about before summer is another to do list!  I mean really, May seems as busy as December! After the long, structured school year filled with managing work, homework, household duties, volunteering tasks, and after-school activities who wants to plan another thing?  I just want to soak up the sun and wing it for awhile! But we all know how long that really lasts don’t we? About one day. That is when the Summer Bucket List can really come in handy.

This year I have asked each member of my family to come up with ten items for our list.  After nine months of being on auto-pilot with our fast paced schedules this exercise was just the ticket to slow down, change gears and sit down to really tune in to each other’s interests – and honestly to reconnect again on a deeper level. Here is what we all came up with:

I now have our list handy on the magnetic board in the kitchen ready for the quickly approaching lazy days of summer. (We may even have it laminated so we can check things off as we do them)!  So on the days when we are tired of the pool or we don’t have VBS or a camp to attend, we can help keep our summer calm by going to our list to pick an activity for the day if and when boredom should arise.

While planning ahead and making lists isn’t always fun, it is a necessary part of maintaining a more simple and calm existence for all.  What’s on your bucket list for the summer?