Do you look around and wonder how on earth you accumulated so much stuff? Are you tired of moving it around, packing it up from season to season? I know I was! So, I am simplifying and I am sharing my best tips to simplify your home decor.
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I used to go all out every season with home decor, but when I put away my fall decor last year, I really did a deep and unforgiving purge. I was so tired of hauling it out and putting it away, season after season.
Do you know how freeing it was to just let it go? Some of it I sold in a garage sale, but the rest of it went straight into the trash never to return. IT. Felt. So. Good!
How did I do it? Well, I read Myquillin Smith’s book, Cozy Minimalist Home, and to say it changed how I look at “stuff” would be an understatement! In this time of my life, I want to simplify. I don’t want to have loads of stuff that I lug in and out every season just to feel like our home is pretty.
I want our home to function for us and be comfortable. So all the extra stuff has got to go! Besides…I don’t want our son to have to deal with it all when we are gone, he does not do garage sales very well, LOL!
This spring I added only a few seasonal elements to our home. They were inexpensive and really allow our home to continue to function the way we need it to. They will also take us through summer without having to change anything.
Plants are a great way to simplify your home decor.
I have recently been adding plants to our home. Yep, I took a leap of faith that I would be able to keep them alive. So far so good. Plants are a great way to simplify your home decor.
Spider plants are easy to take care of and are very forgiving if you forget to water them. I potted this one in a clay pot to add textural interest and then sat it on this stack of books to give it height.
Philodendrons are also easy to grow. My mother-in-law gave me this one and it is growing by leaps and bounds. My daughter-in-law gave me this monogrammed box for Christmas and it is a great place to store coasters when they aren’t being used. Form and function, it doesn’t get any better than that!
Mother-in-law’s tongue is low maintenance as long as the pot is big enough. My Dieffenbachia when through a rough patch this winter, but after doing a major cut back of it’s stalks it is making a comeback. That calendar only gets changed when the grands come over, LOL! Maybe I should let them take it home…wink, wink.
I also have a few faux plants, a throw back to when I was afraid to try my hand at keeping real ones alive. These little boxwoods were purchased at Walmart and were very budget friendly. They have been all over the house since I don’t have to worry about them getting enough light. Another perk of faux plants.
Plants, real or faux, are a great way to add simple decor to your home. They work in any space all year around, making managing your decor so much easier.
It’s no secret that throw pillows are a fun way to add decor to your home. You can over do it though. You want to make sure that you don’t have to move them off the sofa to sit down.
I go with just two or three per sofa. the dogs sit on them anyway, so who really cares…(throws hands in the air). I got my yellow pillow covers out and switched out the christmas tree ones from the holidays. Boom! Done.
See what I mean? This blue striped pillow was a budget friendly score at TJMaxx…Winston gets more use out of it than we do.
Other ways to simplify your home decor
A home should represent the people that live in it. It should tell your story. So don’t worry about following the latest trends, have items that you love.
This street sign is an eclectic addition to the shelf in the family room. We live on Pearl Street so we jumped at the chance to get this. This shelf has the sign and that globe paperweight and the 3 boxwood plants on it and that is all. It’s simple to dust and the decor will fit the room season after season.
Books. I love to read and so it makes sense that I would decorate with books. I like to display them in random order, different heights, with no rhyme or reason. I usually sit a small item on the ones laying down, like this white bird I bought years ago from West Elm.
Globes are a fun decor item to use in your home. By grouping a collection together in one spot it makes it a focal point. We had a few more, but I limited us to just these 4.
Using a single item, or stacking one on the other, keeps the decor in your home simple. This marble box adds light and the large yellow jack adds texture. Sitting by itself on the shelf it tells it’s story and makes cleaning easier. I am all about easy cleaning in this phase of life.
Simplifying your home decor is not an easy process. It takes time and resolve to give up stuff you have had for years. Once you commit to purge the stuff that really doesn’t tell your story and keep only the things that really mean something to you, your home will function for you and your family. It will be easy to keep clean and easy to decorate as the seasons change.
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