I know it’s Monday, but we’re DOING A POLAR BEAR PLUNGE INTO THE DEEP END, friends.
We’re going to purge some of our beloved holiday decorations (if we dare). Okay, so we’ll keep the beloved ones and lose the rest (or something like that). Christmas ornaments, Easter bunnies, turkeys, Santa figurines, snowmen, jack-o-lanterns…
I’m going to tread carefully(ish) in this post, because I know we’re not all in the same camp when it comes to decorating for holidays/special occasions.
Which Camp Are You In?
1.) Super duper
obsessed with PASSIONATE about every imaginable holiday. GO BIG OR GO HOME, you like to say.
2.) You love holidays and expressing yourself through your decor, but you wouldn’t say you go overboard (much).
3.) You decorate for all the big holidays, but the lesser ones? Not so much.
4.) You’re a pretty simple gal (or guy) when it comes to holidays. Less is more in your book.
5.) You don’t decorate a lick for any holiday. Bah humbug.
I won’t tell you which camp I’m in, because I want to be as neutral/empathetic as possible (but you might be able to guess).
So, let’s talk about this. I have some questions to get your mind churning.
1.) How many boxes of holiday decor do you have?
2.) How much of it do you (really truly) love?
3.) How much of it do you put out each year just because it’s part of a huge collection, not because you love it?
4.) How much of it did you buy, not because it was awesome, but because it was 90% off at Target on December 29?
5) How much of it is chipped, broken, not-functioning, smushed, missing pieces?
6.) How much of it is TACKY?
7.) How much of it is holiday-themed paper cups, plates, & napkins (that you seem to stockpile exponentially)?
8.) How much stress does this stuff cause you every year when you have to tear it all down/put it away?
I’m not going to tell you what to do, friends. I’m just going to suggest that you might find some mighty sweet freedom in letting a little (or more preferably, A LOT) of this stuff go.
Traditions and memories are wonderful. Stress and excess and unnecessary spending and all that jazz? Are not.
Get rid of the decorations that are blah and so-so and void-of-meaning and over-the-top, and you will fall so much more in love with the special, beautiful ones you have left.
I promise you.
Today’s Baby Step Challenge:
Purge 15 pieces of holiday decor.
Today’s Little-Bit-Bigger Challenge:
Purge a heck of a lot more than that.
Today’s Big Daddy Challenge:
Gather all your holiday decor in one place. Count your boxes. Decide that you are going to keep only what can fit in X amount of boxes (choose a number much smaller than the current one). Purge like CRAZY. Stick to your guns. Be FREE!
A Challenge for the Future:
When the next big holiday rolls around, instead of buying new cute stuff, be content with what you have, and donate the $ you would have spent on decorations to a family in need.
Hopefully you all still love me (especially my sweet Southern friends who are more naturally inclined to fall into Camp #1).
I can’t wait to hear what you tossed/donated/sold! And how your newfound freedom feels! Should I award a prize for the tackiest decoration??