The "neverending" decorating dilemma

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Posted 12/3/2012 by salt-of-the-earth in NSBR Board
 

salt-of-the-earth
PeaFixture

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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:17:37 AM
I love to decorate the house, but is anyone with me when I say it is neverending? Even when I cut back, it takes me days to decorate inside and out...part of me wants to simplify it and alternate taking half the stuff out every other year, but the other half of me loves doing this and usually wins!! When all is done, everything else is behind I know the obvious answer - start earlier, but alas, this year that didn't happen once again!







Idahopea
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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:13:41 AM
I have one friend who changes all her curtains, dishes, table decorations, etc. several times a year for the seasons. I could never do that! I have cut back on the holiday decorations and we are all fine with it. I don't mind putting them up so much as taking them all down and putting them away when it is over so now I put up less to start with.

UkSue
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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:26:07 AM
I simplified things a couple of years ago, and am much happier for it.


It's not the passage of time that heals. It's what you do with that time.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:42:46 AM
I just put 3 boxes of Christmas items and lights in the "I'm having a garage sale in the spring" pile.

I'm going to tackle the ceramic doo dads that I put out and rethink whether I want to use them anymore. I'm thinking I'll keep my nativity sets, Father Christmas figurine, Firefighter Santa, and the rest might just go "bye bye". Oh dear, I just did this 3 years ago. This stuff just multiples!!

I'm not sure if I want to decorate the stair bannisters this year. And I might not put up my Department 56 houses.

I already got rid of 90% of the other seasonal decor. I'm down to a seasonal wreath on the door now for the other holidays.

I did like the way it looked, but I was the only one at the house who noticed!

writermom1
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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:05:43 AM
I am really simplifying.

I am also learning to love - crave even - blank space. A bare wall. A shelf that does not have the requisite collection.

Holiday decorations are a hurdle. They have been handed down, have history, etc. They are the one area I allow myself to consign to "clutter coffins" (ie totes). I will revisit in the future whether they are still keepers. In the meantime just paring down what we actually display is freeing.




salt-of-the-earth
PeaFixture

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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:43:15 PM
Well...I'm still at it, decorating a little each night after work, getting out those collections, opening tons of individually boxed Hallmark ornaments...I have a Christmas music box collection, lots of Snow Babies, my mom (who lives with us) collects holiday bells...and so on and so on...but even though I wish I could get it done quicker, I have to say that the part of me that is enjoying reminiscing and seeing it all out is winning.






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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:54:54 PM
Our kids are grown so we have cut way back on the decorating. I don't feel like going through all the work for just the two of us. Well, one still lives here but he isn't home often and doesn't care about the decorations as long as we have a tree.

Periwrinkle
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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:56:57 PM
I opened up the Christmas boxes, became overwhelmed and started tossing stuff. It progressed from there and I ended up taking a trunk full of household stuff to goodwill this morning. I've decided to cut way back on just about everything.
Outdoor lights aside, I want to be able to get it all up and out in less than an hour. (plus time to cut and decorate the tree)




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Posted: 12/4/2012 10:02:59 PM
The what-goes-up-must-come-down thing keeps me pretty reserved in my seasonal decorating. I love putting stuff out, but spending after work hours putting it away when the season is over deters me from making it look like a herd of elves was set free in the house. My 19 month old wrecking ball has me really restraining myself this year. I'm fairly certain he will attempt to climb the tree at some point.

salt-of-the-earth
PeaFixture

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Posted: 12/4/2012 10:29:12 PM
LOL theSeaBeeandME...I can remember those days!!






grandma28
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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:26:46 PM
i have cut way back.. we moved to this house 3 years ago, its smaller, so less area to put it all out. I gave alot of it to our grown daughters, so i know its got good homes, and less work for me. sometimes less is more!! we even got a smaller tree last year! so that even makes it easier ;yet.
connieb

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Posted: 12/5/2012 12:54:53 AM
I only decorate in my living room. This year, even less. I'm wearing a boot for 5 weeks because of a fractured toe. So our Christmas tree is a 3 foot white tree on top of our entertainment center. I don't have the energy to keep my ds away from the a big one.

Like another pea said, it's the putting away part that made me pare way down.

myshelly
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:04:35 AM
I believe in doing it all in one day.

The day after thanksgiving hubby gets down the trees and the approx. 20 boxes of Christmas stuff from the attic. I work all day, a 12+ hour marathon, and it's done. Same deal with taking it down. New Years Day we work our butts off, it all goes back in the attic and it's done.

We have 4 trees, a decorated mantle, decorate the coffee and side tables, I change out the stuff in my china cabinet, even change out some of the pictures on the wall. The kids have seasonal toys and books and movies.

But none of this never-ending, little bit a day stuff a this house.

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