Last week, I received an email from a national bath shop with the news that Halloween-themed goods are now available. As much as I would like love hand soap dispensed from a ghost or a haunted house fragrance dispenser I deleted the message.
It’s not just Halloween. I don’t want to bite and start down that road of decorating for Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July or any other holiday (with one exception).
Any longing to channel Martha Stewart is quickly vanquished for several reasons.
Decorations can range from a seasonal outdoor banner to full china sets depending on your personal stopping point. Retailers love to create demand for products we don’t need. Multiply the price of these holiday nick knacks by the number of holidays and it can add up to a pretty penny.
Christmas-themed china is something that catches my eye every year. We have a general set of china that is used only a handful of times a year at the most. It’s not worth the price (even at 50% off afterward) to have yet another set of barely used dishes.
Which brings me to where would I store the holiday china anyway? My china cabinet only has room for one set, and that spot is taken.
I have five tubs of holiday decor to store for Christmas (the exception) already which are filled with linens, ornaments, candles and more. It seems silly to move or rent storage space just so I can have more things that are used once a year.
As much as I enjoy Christmas decorations the time it takes to get them out, sorted, put up and then reverse the process is quite a chore. If we are traveling at the holidays, I don’t even bother!
Can you imagine doing this every 4-6 weeks for each seasonal event?
One of my personal goals is try to live a simpler life. For me, this means cutting down on stuff as well as unnecessary obligations. I’m not ready to pare my belongings down to 100 items like some but am mindful when buying something new.
Some year, I’ll give up the Christmas decorating, and pass my treasure ornaments down the family tree. Until then, I’ll limit myself to this one annual exercise.
Do you decorate your home for more than one holiday? Have you changed your habits over time?