52 Weeks: #42 Taking control of your holiday decorations
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Well I have a feeling I’m not going to make any friends with this post but I think it needs to be said especially as we enter into the heavy duty three holiday season….Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas…whew.
Today I want to focus on holiday decorations. Stores are stocking their shelves with all sorts of goodies hoping you’ll get so wrapped up in the cutest of it all you’ll plum forget to think about whether or not you have the space to store them. Listen it happens but starting today I hope you’ll hear my silly little voice in your head instead going “do you have the room to store this, do you have the room to store this, do you have the room to store this?” over and over again until you drop whatever gizmo you had in your hands just to shut me up. Hahahaha, okay maybe that’s a bit extreme, I’d probably only say it twice :)
My kids and I took a drive around town last night to check out the Halloween decorations and we saw some simple houses with just one blow up decoration:
and houses with two:
To houses that go all out:
And this is nothing compared to Christmas decorations!
Now I get it, I promise you I’m not a total bah humbug. It’s fun, the kids love it, yada yada yada. But what I don’t get it is this. When the holidays are over those decorations have got to go somewhere. Most often it’s the garage. I’ve seen enough garages now to know that many of them are storage warehouses. The cars live in the driveway while the “stuff” takes up residence in the garage. How much does a blow up decoration cost? Now how much does a car cost? Why in the world is the car the one sitting in the driveway? Honestly it makes absolutely no sense at all to me.
Here’s another way to look at it. Holiday decorations are used for just a short time of the year and the rest of the time they need to be stored whether it’s in the garage, attic, hallway or basement. You are giving up prime storage real estate space for something you use for just a short period of time. Not a big deal if you have the space (go crazy in that case!) but most of us don’t unfortunately. Are your living spaces cluttered to the max because you have run out of storage? Does your vacuum live in the hallway while your holiday decorations take up a valuable closet? Think about it. Is it time to take another look at the volume of your holiday decorations and perhaps where you are storing them? Only you can answer that.
Remember holiday decorations are not a necessity.
One trick I use to keep myself from buying more than I can store is to use a limiting container. Designate a container that fits the storage space you reasonably have available and then keep that in mind when you are out shopping. If you buy something new you’ll know that something else might need to go to make room for it. It works beautifully!
Purge until it fits.
Questions to ponder:
1. Do your holiday decorations take up valuable storage space that could otherwise be used for things that clutter up the rest of your home?
2. Are all your holiday decorations stored together? Are you utilizing limiting containers?
3. Have you given this any thought before today?
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