Did you guys see Amber’s Halloween house tour? So cute, right? I love how inviting her house is especially in the fall. Those cozy pillows and blankets look so welcoming. It just makes me want to bundle up, put on a good movie (it’s not too early for Christmas movies, right?), sip some cider and warm my heart. But what happens if you don’t have a place to store all the fall blankets, pillows, and Halloween decor?
Living in an apartment, a smaller house, or just a house that doesn’t have a ton of storage can be challenging when it comes to stashing seasonal decor. I’m one of those kids that has this kind of struggle, partially because of space, and partially because of a choice of lifestyle. My solution to this storage conundrum is to use only natural elements in my seasonal decor.
Why go natural? There are a few reasons why I decided to go all natural a few years ago. Prior to moving into our current house, we were renters, which meant that we moved almost every year. When you move that frequently you learn to get rid of things you don’t use or need, just so you don’t have to haul the boxes from one house to another year after year. For me, seasonal decor (with the exception of Christmas) was what got the boot.
Purchasing seasonal decor can be expensive. Even $1 pumpkins add up after you buy 12 of them… Yes, you only have to buy them once, unlike natural decor, but do you really only buy them once? My mom was that shopper who decorated for every holiday, including Easter and St. Patrick’s day, and she always thought she got a deal when she would only spend $20 at Big Lots for a bunch of decor. But she did it EVERY year! This may be where my dislike of clutter comes from. After time, not only does your house become cramped but you are forced to make room for the new and you start to throw away the old. Carbon foot print is something that I have become more aware of in the recent years and this is where I start to think about how thrown out decor just ends up in a land fill. That hurts my heart. This and the lack of storage are really the two main drivers for me in the decision to go all natural. I am inspired by nature anyways so it is welcome in my home in lieu of plastic decor any day.
I think I have made it pretty well known here that I am a thrifty girl. Nothing frustrates me more than spending money and nothing excites me more than getting a good deal. But what you don’t know about me is that clutter is my nemesis. If a space is too cluttered I get cranky and cross and I slowly lose my mind. The idea of storing seasonal decor and unpacking it, repacking it and storing it again just makes me looney. I love that all the natural decor that I use has an expiration date. The best part is that your decor will be different year after year. I go to farmer’s markets and pick out my decor or I gather things from my yard and when its time, it returns back to the earth. This approach to seasonal decor leaves my house to only store the things I need, spend money on the things that are important to me, and keep my mind and my space clutter free.
Not to say that shops like Target, HomeGoods and Wayfair, etc. doesn’t have truly adorable fall decor because they really really do but the way I think about it is that if I don’t spend the money on great finds in a store, I can spend the money elsewhere and create a more meaningful experience with my loved ones, like, say, going to a pumpkin patch to pick out our all-natural fall decor.
Here are a few more photos of natural decor just to spark some inspiration. Fall decor lasts all the way through November you know… There’s still time 😉
I even made my wreath out of dried dusty miller from our garden this year. How do you decorate for the fall season? Are you an all natural type too? Do you have closets full of decor that you switch out seasonally? Or do you mix it up and do a little of both? There’s no right way of doing it folks. Pretty is pretty no matter how you created it. Happy Fall!