“Keep calm and jingle on.”
Okay, so have you ever seen those Christmas movies on TV where one person is obsessed and has tubs of decorations in their storage unit? Yep. That’s me.
When you walk into our storage unit, about 95% of the containers in there are Christmas decorations that I have accumulated or bought over the years.
Want to know a little secret? I don’t even know what is in most of them.
The holidays are my favorite time of the year. I look forward to the holidays all year long and try to enjoy every single second of it.
I have been known, just ask my husband, to decorate every inch of our house with something Christmas. Things that, to be honest, I may not even like that much but feel the need to put out.
This year, however, that is changing.
If you could have seen the smile on my husband’s face when I told him that I wanted to go through the containers in storage and give away anything I don’t like. He was ecstatic.
I no longer feel the pull to adorn every nook and cranny of our living space with a decoration. Or to keep everything.
Since beginning to declutter our home, which is definitely a work in progress, I have been craving more open space. The feeling of purging items that don’t set my soul on fire has been liberating and I am carrying that into the holiday season.
Maybe you aren’t exactly a minimalist but are looking for ways to decorate without going overboard. Or maybe you have downsized and just don’t have as much space as before.
Whatever your reason is, I want to share with you a few ways that I am going to decorate for my favorite holiday while still sticking to my minimalist lifestyle.
Leave empty space.
This is a huge one for me. I don’t have a ton of space in our home, which usually meant that I would just cover every surface with something so I could get all my decorations out. I am not doing that this year! (My husband is doing a happy dance while I write this!) Not having a decoration on every piece of furniture I own makes me feel a lot less anxious and stressed. With your decor this year, put enough out to feel like the season but leave empty space on as many surfaces as possible.
Be intentional with what decor you put out.
See that wreath you got five years ago and haven’t used since? Yeah, that doesn’t need to go out. Pick a few pieces that are sentimental to you and a few that you have bought and let that be it. I tend to go overboard, way overboard, because I feel like I need to have all of my decorations out. It’s okay to rotate pieces and leave some decorations in their bins. Next year, make it a point to put out different pieces then you are going to this year. Be intentional with what you decorate with and have around your space. Unless it truly brings warmth to your heart during the season, leave it in the storage unit or donate it to a homeless shelter for them to have decorations.
Less is more.
This is my favorite saying. Less is more. I never used to understand what it meant but since starting on the journey to living a minimalist lifestyle, it means so much to me. The less you have around your house, the more space, freedom and happiness you will find. This pertains to the holidays as well. Focus on the decorations themselves rather than the amount or lack thereof. Quality over quantity.
The holidays can be a beautiful time of the year but they can also be a stressful time. Keep your decorations simple and create a peaceful space to enjoy the holiday season!
How do you usually decorate for the holidays? Do you go all out or only put out a few decorations? I would love to hear how you decorate your home! Comment below! XOXO