During the holiday season, there are some things that I DO . . . only because I feel some sense of obligation. But there are other things . . . that I really LOVE doing. Decorating my house, for example. I love that! But, over the years, things have gotten a bit out of hand when it comes to my decorating.
Like . . . I've amassed a quite overwhelming inventory of decor items over the years.
And . . . It typically takes me days to convert my house into a Christmas Wonderland.
Sure . . . It's a bit overwhelming. And kind of stressful.
But . . . It always looks great when I'm finished. And it's do-able. (Because I put the same things in the same places every.single.year.) (And how hard can that be? Right????)
Then . . . this year . . . I asked myself WHY???? And decided to rethink my holiday decor plan. (Just because it's DO-able, it doesn't mean you have to DO it.) (Or that you can't DO it . . . differently.)
I decided a little PRUNING was in order.
First, I pruned my decor items themselves. I went from five crates of decor . . . to one. And it was easy. I just applied KonMari principles: I unwrapped each item and held it. I asked, "Do you bring me joy?" And . . . for the most part . . . I found that, No. You don't bring me joy. (Although you did at one time. And for that I am grateful.)
Then, I went outside and did some actual pruning. I walked through my garden and pruned things to use inside for decorating. Red-twig dogwood. Cedar branches. Boxwood. Mugo pine. Beauty berry.
Then . . . the real fun began!
I used boxwood clippings to create little window swags.
And I used cedar clippings on mantle and in a small arrangement on the hearth.
And I created several arrangements using various pieces of my garden.
It's much more . . . low-key . . . in my house this holiday season. But you know what? I'm really happy. It's simple and festive and lovely . . . in a way that reflects my style -- inside and out.
I love a little . . . pruning with purpose!