There aren’t any major holidays during this time of the year, so it’s a perfect time to take a hard look at your holiday decor. We don’t have a ton of room for storage, so I have been going through our decorations, letting go of the things we rarely use and keeping the things that we love the most. If you have a lot of space in your garage or basement, these plans from Ana White would be amazing to use.
It’s been eye opening to say the least. Over the years we have collected a lot of cute, but not always our style, stuff. Some of that is due to well meaning gift givers, some of it is impulse buys. For me what has helped is looking seriously at what makes our home feel most like the holidays. In other words, what are the things that ALWAYS get brought out.
Turns out, it’s actually pretty small. For example, at Christmas the things that make it most feel like the holiday are a Christmas tree, a Christmas village or two, some favorite pillows and stuffed animals, lighted garlands on the banister and stockings at the fireplace. I do have a lovely nativity scene, but I was surprised to realize it never gets brought out. It was lost in the other decorations. Now that we have pared down, it won’t be forgotten.
Whatever hadn’t been brought out during the holiday, especially if it had been YEARS since it was used, was donated to our local charity. This made me extremely happy because now maybe someone else out there can use and love it, instead of the items being packed away in our basement and not used.
Of course this technique can apply to anything you are trying to declutter, but it really helps with holiday decor. It seems like we have a lot more sentimental feelings attached to holiday objects, so thinking about what makes things FEEL most like the holiday to you really helps a lot.
I now look forward to the upcoming holiday season because I know that everything I want will be easier to find and access. It’s going to feel so nice instead of feeling a bit stressful.
Let me know if you give it a try, and how you felt about it!