Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
I love the idea of having seasonal decorations.
Did you catch that? The “idea”. Not the execution, so much.
I don’t love the reality so much, because it means have to store stuff, maintain stuff, put up stuff and take down stuff.
Yet the opposite end — doing nothing — leaves me feeling like I am not marking the passing of the seasons.
So I have simplified this greatly. Here are my simplifications for holiday decorations.
I have seasonal wreaths that I hang on my front door. I have made these myself out of grapevine wreaths and silk flowers and greens from the craft store. I currently have 5: spring (daffodils and pansies – the one shown above), summer (sunflowers), autumn (autumn leaves and greens), Halloween (a purchased wire wreath with a witch on it) and Yule (a fake evergreen wreath with berries). These are all the same size, and are extremely easy to switch out. If I tire of the flowers, I rip them out and put new ones in. I store them on hooks in my storage area.
With a young daughter, window clings were an absolute necessity. Now that she is a little older, she still enjoys putting them out. I have window clings that go with most of the holidays: Valentines, Independence day, etc. I store these in one box and change them out quickly when necessary.
Dining Room Centerpieces
We were given a really beautiful Lenox vase for a wedding present, and I use this as the basis for my dining room centerpiece. For each season I have silk flowers: poinsettias for Yule, silver dollars for winter, forsythia for spring, daisies for summer and mums for fall. The extra flowers are stored in my dining room hutch.
I know that this simplified method of seasonal decorating will never measure up to Martha Stewart, but it gives the house a bit of flavor that changes throughout the year. Do you have an easy way to decorate for the seasons? Share below.
Photo by LJ Earnest. Licensed under Creative Commons.