October 2, 2014
To keep the storage of home decorations low, I decorate only 3 times a year:
- Rest of Year
After many months of spring and summer with the same items used for both seasons, decorating for fall is always welcomed. I select ‘harvest themed items’ so that I can display items from September throughout November, almost 3 full months, before needing to change for the holiday/Christmas season. I have two Halloween themed items that blend in with the harvest themed pieces.
I only decorate 3 times a year for a couple of reasons:
- Less home decorations to store. Because seasons and holidays change often, if I changed the decorations just as frequently, I would end up with a lot of items to store. If I decorated for all 4 seasons, and each season lasted for 3 months, I’d be changing decorations 4 times a year. That would mean for 9 months, 3/4 of my decorations would sit in storage, waiting to be displayed. That’s a lot of time to sit unused. I still have some decorations that sit for many months (Christmas decorations I’m looking at you) but at least I don’t have 4 seasons worth. And if I decorated for every holiday it would be even less usage for my decorations! We have at least a dozen, if not more, holidays that one can decorate for in the US (Easter, Fourth of July, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc). If I changed decorations for every holiday, I may not even get one month out of some of my decorations before they had to be switched out.
- Fewer trips into the attic. All unused decorations are stored in an attic. And it is a crawlspace attic with stairs that pull down to access it, so it is not the easiest area to access in the home. By decorating less often, I have to make less trips to an awkward place in our home.
- More money for other things. If I’m not always spending my money on decorations, that leaves the money for other purchases.
Do you decorate for holiday’s or season’s?