I make the same promise to myself every year. That whatever Christmas decorations I don’t end up using, I’ll box up and give away to Goodwill. Then, I always end up throwing it back in the big, plastic tubs and storing it away again. And, when Christmas rolls around the next year, I’m—as usual—less than excited about my decorations when I open them up again.
Excuse the blurry photos. I was snapping pictures as I was unpacking everything.
So, this year, I decided to approach it differently. Before ever hauling those totes out of the attic, I did as much Christmas decorating as I could. I was pretty surprised at how much I got done without using one single piece of anything I had stored away. That reaffirmed that I really didn’t need half the “stuff” I’ve been hanging on to.
In the end, I sent away one large bin stuffed with fake greenery and little trees that had seen better days. And, it made me feel good. Because, when it comes to Christmas decorations for some reason, I always feel obligated to use it if I have it. . . So, I might as well only keep the things that I really get excited about getting out of storage each year—right?
Are you up for the challenge of throwing out mushed garland, dusty Santas, and the other decorations that you’re less than excited to see each December?