December 11, 2014
As I mentioned in this post I only decorate 3 times a year. And the only holiday I decorate for is Christmas because we are the hosts. One piece of advice I often read about for someone who wants to live a minimalist lifestyle and decorate for Christmas is to use live pieces that can be tossed instead of stored after the season (pine, mistletoe, poinsettia’s, evergreen etc). And while I can appreciate the logic of doing so, I have discovered another option I like better.
Instead of purchasing live items I’ll have to buy again and again and again, every single year, I use fake pieces that I’ve bought once and then re-use every year. Take my Christmas mantel. Two years ago we purchased a new home and I purchased additional Christmas decorations because the new place had a mantel. I haven’t added anything new since and I have no plans to.
As always I like to crunch the numbers so here we go….
16 items on or around the mantel (wreath, stocking, mantel scarf, stocking holders, various figurines…)
Let’s guess that I spent $250 on everything (I didn’t save the receipts but it’s a close figure)
And now let’s say I’m re-using these pieces for 10 years.
- $250 / 16 items = $15.63 per item
- $250 / 10 years = $25 over 10 years
If I purchased the same number of items every year (16) for the next 10 years… because everything is tossed at the end of the season, I’ll actually spend more than I currently have.
$15.63 per item x 16 items = $250 per year
$250 per year x 10 years = $2500 over 10 years
Now there’s nothing wrong with live pieces, I adore the smell of evergreen and I regularly use oil scents to mimic the smell in our home throughout the holiday season. But for me, purchasing fake items that are re-used works better in the long run.
Do you prefer new pieces or to reuse your holiday decorations?