Imagine if we left Christmas decorations up year round… They would become ordinary and commonplace and it would take away the “specialness” of the season. I love Christmas, but after a bit, the decorations can sometimes leave me on a bit of sensory overload. This year, I was ready to take Christmas down; putting the decor away in anticipation of next year and allowing the house to be more simple, uncluttered; fresh for the new year. But this year, I am taking it even one step further.
I am “quieting the house”…
A few months back I read a book called, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful. I don’t typically read decor books, in fact, I’ve never read one, but this one was a fun and easy read about decorating your home simply, to reflect who you are. She had many great suggestions, but one of the points that I really liked is when she talked about “quieting your house”.
You remove all of your decor and accessories and let it sit. So that is what I did. Well, mostly. There were a couple areas that I wasn’t willing to “quiet”. This hutch was one of those areas. I love it exactly how it is and I didn’t want to mess with it.
The other area were my bookshelves. Caleb and I had just gotten them all alphabetized and organized. One of these days I would love to style my bookshelves, but for now, I don’t even have enough room for all of our books…
I decided to take it little by little so I quieted only the main living areas of our home. I removed the pillows, some pictures, the throws, some plants, and the decor pieces. I even took out a few pieces of furniture. Select a spot where you plan on compiling all of your “stuff” (I had two areas). I recommend NOT using your kitchen table. 🙂
Quieting the house gives you a clean slate to work with, allowing for fresh ideas and encouraging you to change the look of your house. I’m a big fan of moving my furniture around but we have company coming in a few weeks and my husband (my voice of reason) didn’t think it was a good idea. So the furniture will stay (at least for now).
I just couldn’t bring myself to take our snowball garland and white lights down yet.
Getting rid of all your stuff also allows you to deep clean your house. With all of the pillows off of the couch, we decided to clean it. I rounded up my troops and put them to work. Oh the treasures we found; lost toys, snakes, yarn, hair things, darts, game pieces and a hairbrush. I think next year for Christmas, I will just shop the couch. 🙂
I think they actually had fun. The younger ones took the opportunity to build a fort with all of the couch pillows. They had fun, and I got a clean couch.
I am craving calm and simple, bright and airy, peace-full. I’m not sure what that will look like yet. But for now, the house is quiet…