If you’re moving, chances are you’re trying to get rid of things you don’t need.
It’s important to approach the decision process with care, thoughtfulness and an eye towards practicality – you don’t want to end up repurchasing items, but you also probably don’t want to store them (especially in the case of many seniors, who are moving to smaller spaces with limited storage).
But what about items with special memories, that are only used once a year? That’s right, in this post we’re talking about seasonal decorations and holiday decorations.
Let’s go over some basic suggestions to get you on track to downsize yourself – and don’t forget, we’re always happy to help if you need a push to get some momentum started, or even if you want help with the whole shebang! You can contact us by clicking right here – we’re always happy to answer your questions, if nothing else.
Step 1: Assess Your New Living Space (and storage!)
The first step in downsizing your holiday and seasonal decorations is to take a close look at your new living situation. Whether you’re moving to a smaller apartment, a senior residence, or another type of space, understanding how much display space you have, as well as your available storage is going to be key. Some residences offer additional storage outside the unit, but within the building – it’s worth asking!
You can measure the storage areas, large storage cabinets, and closet space in your new home to determine how much room you have for seasonal decor. You’ll probably be doing something like this anyways, to see what else you can bring when you move!
Step 2: Prioritize Special, Meaningful Items
Holiday and seasonal decorations often hold sentimental value. When downsizing, focus on keeping the items that hold the most significance and bring you the most joy. Ask yourself which decorations are your absolute favorites and which ones you can’t imagine celebrating without. Perhaps you have an ornament someone special gifted you, or a small statue or piece of seasonal decor that always makes you smile – that’s a keeper!
Conversely, if you are going to have less space, don’t bring the giant inflatable holiday decorations – if something takes an unreasonable amount of your living space, it’s probably not worth keeping.
You can (and should!) get creative with how you display your chosen items – for example, if you know you have no space for a tree but you want to keep your ornament, you could hang it from a wreath, a light or a curtain rod… the only limit is your imagination.
Step 3: Consider Multipurpose Decor
In smaller living spaces, it’s essential to make the most of every inch. Look for holiday and seasonal decorations that serve multiple purposes. For example, a wreath with a removable attachments can gracefully transition from one season to another. Small string lights that can change colour are another great idea to add low-effort, high impact pop to your decor.
Decorations that can be easily stored in compact containers are also great options, and worth considering. Picture frames are another fun option – it’s easy to change the picture inside to keep them seasonal and relevant, while remaining a low-footprint/ space-saving decor item.
Step 4: Donate or Gift Excess Decor
As you go through your holiday and seasonal decorations, you may find items that no longer hold the same sentimental value or that you simply no longer need. Instead of discarding them, consider donating to local charities, schools, or gifting them to family members. Knowing that your beloved decorations will continue to bring joy to others can make the downsizing process more meaningful.
Step 5: Embrace Digital Decorations
In this digital age, there are creative, innovative ways to celebrate without physical clutter. Consider exploring digital decorations like virtual holiday cards, digital picture frames, screensavers, or festive playlists.
These options allow you to enjoy the spirit of the season without the need for extensive physical decor.
Step 6: Create a Seasonal Rotation
If you can’t part with certain holiday decorations but have limited storage space, consider implementing a seasonal rotation system. It will force you to pare down to the necessities for each season/ holiday!
Store decorations for other seasons while displaying items for the current season. This way, you can enjoy your holiday and seasonal decor throughout the year without overcrowding your living space.
Downsizing can be emotionally challenging, and sorting through (often emotionally-charged!) items like seasonal and holiday decor can be taxing.
This can be a bittersweet but necessary part of transitioning to a smaller living situation, especially as a senior.
Downsizing doesn’t mean giving up on what matters most; it’s about making room for the new chapter of your life while preserving the essence of the holidays. Rest assured that your cherished memories will continue to light up your holidays, with or without all the physical items.
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