Hey there, happy Friday y’all. While many of you are doing some Black Friday shopping today, I decided it was time for a HUGE holiday decor PURGE. And I’m not talking a few trinkets here and there as I’ve done in years past. Nope, I’m talking about 60% of my Christmas decor! A major purge has been on my list to do for years and quite honestly the task felt daunting. All those decisions to make during a season that requires so much decision making already. Who can relate? Who can also relate to the fact that decluttering holiday decor is so hard? I certainly find it hard. So many memories wrapped up with each item that it can literally be gut wrenching to part with some of it.
My HUGE Holiday Decor PURGE of 2018!
Over the years my decorating style has changed quite significantly though and as a result there are just a lot of things I am no longer using. I’ve moved to a more simplified decorating approach. I like to decorate for winter in October because we typically have snow on the ground already at this time and well Autumn decor just seems wrong when snow is falling outside. In the past I would then switch out my winter decor for Christmas decor at the start of December and switch back to my winter decor in January. The winter decor would stay up until the end of March which is when winter ends for us. Yes six months of winter is WAY too much! But all that decorating was just a lot. Plus I was simply running out of storage room between both the winter and Christmas decor.
One of my winter vignettes.
I hated that so much of my focus at Christmas was on the decorating and I just wanted to make things easier. So now I decorate for six months of winter and just leave it that way. I stick to flocked trees and snow related items. I make my home Hygge cozy with throws, candles, lanterns, twinkly lights and peaceful calming colors.
There will still be a few things that go up in December like the Christmas tree and my nativity scene of course but otherwise I’m purging everything else not winter related. Most of my red items I purged and anything else that didn’t work with my simplified decor.
These are the bins of Christmas decor I started with.
I brought everything upstairs and started going through each bin one by one. I asked myself several questions as I touched each item. Did this item fit the new winter vision for my space? Will I use it this year? Does it make me or a family member happy? Why was I hanging on to it? Would anyone miss it? Would someone else appreciate this item more than I do?
The messy progress
Make sure you grab a box to use for donations!
All was going well until I got to the dreaded village box. I have put off making a decision about the village stuff for three years. Every year since my daughter was a young girl she took great pride in creating beautiful scenes of all our village houses, trees and people. She would do such an amazing job and we all loved the lovely results. So what’s the problem? Well that daughter is now almost 22 years old and no longer lives at home.
That’s a problem because now that my daughters out of the house the rest of us absolutely hate the process of setting it up. It’s such a chore! My youngest couldn’t care less and I am just tired of the time it takes. I absolutely love tradition though and so for the past three years I’ve continued to put it up in honor of my daughter. But this year I just didn’t have the energy for it. I texted my daughter to ask if she would mind if we got rid of the village and whether or not she wanted to keep any of the pieces. Her reply was quick. Nope she didn’t mind at all and nope she didn’t want to keep any of it. Well gosh why didn’t I ask her that question three years ago!!
Off to the thrift store it goes!
This is our favorite village piece (and the first one we ever bought 25 years ago!) that I am definitely keeping. So pretty all by itself there 🙂
Sometimes traditions run their course and that’s okay. Don’t get so hung up trying to maintain one that is no longer serving your family. Let go of the pressure that comes with it and in the process you might even make room for new traditions that work for your current season of life. If not everyone agrees, it may mean calling a family meeting to find a compromise. Let the one who cares the most be responsible for it. If they don’t want to, then they don’t really care that much.
A couple more of my winter displays.
There is nothing wrong with doing and having less instead of more, more, more. Simplifying can be a very beautiful thing especially if it frees up time for the things that bring you the most joy over the holidays!
So we are saying goodbye to the village and many other things no longer serving us well. Here is my HUGE holiday decor purge pile, woot!!
So much stuff leaving my home. Some was offered to friends and the rest I’m donating to our local thrift store where all profits are used to support our local hospital. That makes me happy knowing I’m benefiting my whole community through my donation.
I also parted with super cute Christmas pillows because they take way too much room to store. Hard to part with but they alone take up almost an entire tub! Off they went to a friend.
My goal was to get all my holiday decor down to four matching bins (to make storage easier) and I managed to get it down to THREE. Woohoo!! The space I have saved, and can be using for other needs, is incredible. I already had two of these white 80L bins and went out and purchased a third one from Canadian Tire on sale for $6.94. I like these particular ones as they have wheels to make pushing them around a little easier.
The bottom one holds Christmas tree decorations, the middle the nativity scene, stockings, tree skirt and a few other random things. The top one is empty because I already have some decorations up.
We buy our kids an ornament every year up until they are 18. We use this Snapware ornament storage case (affiliate link) to keep those organized. Each of my three kids gets a row. Works really well!!
Change can be hard. Especially when it comes as a result of major life changes like kids growing up and leaving the nest. It is sad but it is also wonderful. I can’t wait to watch and experience the traditions that my kids take on and implement in their own lives with their own families. What joy that will bring me.
Don’t get so stuck hanging onto the past that you miss the beautiful blessings of the present.
And don’t worry we still have many traditions around here that we won’t be letting go of anytime soon. Like our hot chocolate bar that sits out in the kitchen all winter long!! 🙂
Do you need to do a holiday decor purge? Is it time to get it done? Don’t put it off, NOW is a great time to simplify!! What do you struggle to purge even though it is no longer serving your family? Why?
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