Once you make the decision to start living a minimalist lifestyle, you may feel like you’re cheating on your clutter-free goals by having seasonal decorations. A minimalist’s house has to be a stark, white, barren landscape of clutter free-living, straight out of the pages of a minimalist living magazine, right? Not really. Year-round, white on white may be the ideal way to decorate for some, but for the less die-hard minimalists out there, seasonal decorating brings visual interest into the home.
Sprucing up your table-top, fireplace mantle, or window sill can set the mood for whatever holiday or season is approaching. You don’t have to have an entire basement or shed dedicated to storage if you want to have seasonal decorations. You can make your home cozy and well-decorated for the season, while staying true to any minimalist leanings.
Use these five items to decorate for any holiday, without accumulating the clutter.
1. Glass Centerpieces
Find one or two large, clear-glass containers that can be used in the center of your table or at both ends of a mantle or windowsill. It could be a pair of a vases, a trifle dish, or plain glass bowl. Whatever style you choose, a see-through glass container is absolutely essential for decorating seasonally.
In the fall, fill your glass with decorative gourds, acorns, or even freshly picked apples. As Christmas approaches, you can fill the centerpiece with pine cones or candy canes. In the peak of summer it can hold bouquets of flowers, pussy willow branches or lemons.
Clear glass acts as a showcase for the fruits of the season in your home. The best part of decorating this way is that there is no in-between season storage. Anything your fill the container with can simply be thrown in the compost bin once you’re done decorating with it.
2. A Neutral Wreath
By using the same one or two wreathes year round, you can really cut down on seasonal decorating storage and clutter. Grapevine wreathes, bunched burlap, or bunched lace can all be neutral back drops for seasonal wreath decorations. Whatever decorations that you decided to place inside your glass containers can also easily attach to wreathes with a bit of wire or string. An added bonus is that by using the same materials for both your front door and your interior decorations, you will bring a sense of continuity to your decorations.
3. Large Empty Basket
Something as simple as a well-placed basket makes a great seasonal showpiece. In October, fill it with pie pumpkins (they’re small enough to be decorative, but are big enough to later bake and eat). At Christmas time it can hold wrapped gifts or firewood. In the summer it can hold a potted fern or other indoor plant.
There are endless ways and uses to decorate with a large, plain, empty basket. Once filled, it can brighten a corner, look adorable under a window, or be useful next to the fireplace or in your kitchen.
4. A Neutral Tablecloth and Different Runners
A neutral colored tablecloth like gray, white or cream, along with two or three different table runners, helps set a beautiful seasonal table. A red runner on a white table works for the 4th of July, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. A burlap runner would look beautiful both during the summer and the harvest months of October and November. A lace runner perfectly compliments any Easter or any spring decorations.
Table runners fold neatly into very little space, and conveniently only require a tiny corner of a linen closet or storage cupboard. They’re a great way to decorate for the season without lugging out endless boxes of seasonal decorations.
5. Clear Glass Votive Candles
Decorating with clear glass votive candles sets the mood for any holiday or season. Votive candles look great literally anywhere. Also, if they are large enough, the sides can be filled with seasonal goodies or bits of nature. Votive candles brighten up table centers, windowsills, and mantles, and having multiple votive candles lit at once sets a great soft ambiance in any room.
Become a seasonal decorating minimalist
Gone are the days of lugging out huge boxes of seasonal decoration to make your home look cute throughout the year. By using neutral backgrounds and mixing and matching with a few basic color combinations, you can have a beautiful and decorative backdrop for any season.
Also, by taking advantage of whatever fruits or goodies the current season has to offer, you can decorate seasonally without worrying about storage options throughout the year. It is possible to be a seasonal decorating minimalist. You just need to be a little bit creative, and think outside of the storage box.
Do you decorate seasonally? If you do, how do you minimize the need for storage?