In January of 2009 I bought boxes and boxes of Christmas decor. This was before minimalism, before having a baby and before moving into a bigger home. I was on a mission that month and my mission was to buy as much on sale holiday decor as I could get my hands on.
We lived in a small 586 sq ft condo at the time. There wasn’t even room for a tree.
Why was I obsessed with buying things I couldn’t use?
I had grand plans for the future. We were trying to conceive at the time and I was hitting the “is this ever going to happen point” (it did of course). I was shopping for a life I was day dreaming of: a bigger home and a baby.
A year later the day dream was a reality. I had the bigger home and the baby. In my new mom exhausted state I put the tree up, decorated it (sometimes with a wee Henry wrapped to me in his carrier) and filled vases with sparkly fake gooseberry branches and hung lights all over our living room.
My life was certainly richer but it wasn’t because of holiday decor.
In preparation to move overseas I donated most of my holiday decorations. The only thing kept was a box of ornaments that is in storage in Canada.
Truthfully: I like a home that is done up for the holidays. It is a visual reminder to relax, kick back and enjoy all the fun of the season. But can you decorate a home without having six boxes of stuff to sit in storage for most of the year? I think so.
Welcome to the first Minimalist Mom Group Project!
I’ve started a Simple Christmas Decor Pinterest board. I would like your help with it.
If you’re on Pinterest and would like to pin decor inspiration that is simple, fun, elegant and a bit minimalist just ping me. Send me a tweet (@racheljonat) or an email (the minimalist mom at gmail dot com) and I will ad you to the board. I think you have to be following me for me to add you and to use Pinterest you need a Twitter or Facebook account.
Things I consider simple holiday decor: greenery, anything that can be composted or consumed, using items you already have around the home, items that can be used for decor at other times of the year and nothing that requires sewing (but I am happy be be convinced otherwise).
More about simple holiday decor:
- Minimalist Christmas Decorating by Faith at Minimalist at Home
- No room for a tree? Try an ornament garland from Small Notebook