Decorate For Fall or Halloween?

October 2, 2014

To keep the storage of home decorations low, I decorate only 3 times a year:

  1. Fall
  2. Christmas
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?





  1. I switched decorations around more when my children were younger. At present I have seasonal decorations or tableware for Valentine’s, Easter, July 4, Halloween/Thanksgiving (just take the witches out) and Christmas.

    Christmas takes up the most storage space, mostly the other holidays are wreaths, tablecloths, and plates or serving pieces. Some things, like my Easter bunnies are out all year long, but they get rotated or grouped up to more noticeable places during their season.

    I don’t do outside decorations beyond a wreath, which often gets tossed after the season is over, and that saves storage space.

    A few tableware items -a centerpiece or serving bowl- plus a tablecloth will set the mood. I don’t think an entire set of dishes is needed to get with the season.

    1. My Christmas decorations are my biggest number of decorations too! The only item I display outside is a wreath. I get that lovely fresh scent of pine, without all the needles inside the home. 🙂 That’s great that you can keep your Easter bunnies out year round. I’m a fan of animals as decorations and have a number of them throughout the home. Thanks for stopping by!

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