When Simplifying...


Yesterday I brought out the plastic tote that has my fall decor inside. 

I remember giving my daughter much of it last year. But I didn't realize I gave her pretty much all of it!

Well, that made up my mind for me. I chose a couple of small fall candles. Then put the bin back in the closet.

My daughter has a huge house and plenty of room to spread things out. I don't. Glad I gave it all to her. Whenever I purge she is often the recipient.

I had four or five faux pumpkins in there. But with every year that passes, I find that I have become even more pragmatic about such things as seasonal decorating. 

Plopping fake pumpkins in my small living space seems a bit silly.

I'd rather buy a few real ones if it ever cools off before November and put them out on the patio with mums. I know I'd enjoy them more in a bigger and more outdoorsy setting.

 
I find when I look around me that I have just enough space. I have a living space, a bedroom, a dining space and kitchen. And of course a bathroom. Not to mention my nice patio. 

What more could I possibly use? Any more than I have would be more than I need. 

Another thing I've learned about myself as I get older, I don't want "more than." I want "just enough."

Now when I clean surfaces of dust, it takes me about five minutes, if that. 

I don't have carpet, so it's maybe 10-15 minutes to mop the whole apartment. Then I clean the bathroom, which might take about the same time. 

I like being able to clean most everything in around 30 minutes. 

I don't do a lot of laundry. I often will use a towel for close to a week. 

Years ago one of you told me about these quick drying towels from JCPenneys, which I immediately ordered four of. And I use them exclusively. Never a smelly towel. 

I give a swipe to my fridge here and there. I don't have a big oven to clean. (I just hated the smell of those self-cleaning ones, as well as the chemicals we had to use prior to their making those). 

I have my things pretty well-organized. 

Yes, my two big walk-in closets in my bedroom get the most abused. As it's so easy to just put something in there and close the door on it. 

But eventually I have to dig everything out and straighten it back up again.


I thought when I moved here I'd miss my big fridge and ice maker and water in the door. But you know what, I really don't. I have one ice tray and it is more than enough. I can drink tap water.

Really, when it comes down to it, we become quite spoiled. So many things we acquire because everyone else has it and it is a novelty of sorts. 

But is it something I need? No. 

I use four glasses. One of them I put in my bathroom. More than enough. 

Now if I entertained, that would be a different story. But my daughter and I always go out somewhere. 

Andrew is scared of the pupsters. He's actually afraid of pretty much all dogs. Maybe he'll grow out of it. 

But every time he comes in, I hold the dogs. And that limits me. So we just take him out somewhere or I go to their house.

Speaking of pupsters, I realized I hadn't shown a photo of them lately. Here they are today.


Charlie closed his eyes. And Abi is in the raised bed sniffing around to potty. (You can see her butt.) I couldn't get a good photo of her. She was just not cooperating.



All this just to say, I don't need a bunch of fall vignettes to remind me of the coming season. I would just have more to dust around. 

Simple is sounding better all the time.

So if you just don't feel like dragging those bins of fall decor out, don't feel bad about it. I don't. 

I'd much rather have my quilts and colorful bits and bobs around me to enjoy anyway.


36 comments

  1. Maybe it is our age or we have been satisfied with our life. I do decorate for Christmas, always will. Hug the pupsters for me! I miss having dogs.

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    1. Looking more and more like Christmas may be the holiday I decorate for, and not much else.

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  2. The colors of your quilts look like fall to me.

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  3. I have given away so much of my seasonal decor. I think Christmas is the only holiday that I do a big decorate for. I still love it, but will downsize that in the years to come I'm sure.

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  4. I never decorate for fall, I don't think it is a Canadian thing. I see a few fall wreaths on people's front doors but that is it. I won't decorate for Christmas either as I have said before my son and his girlfriend don't want to see us, my son has two children also that he hasn't seen in 10 years even though they only live about 1/2 an hours drive away. We always took the children out and sent them gifts etc but about 4 years ago our granddaughter told us we hadn't done anything for them so she didn't want to hear from us again! Our grandson has not taken us off of his facebook but when we try and communicate the granddaughter intercepts it! My husband always looks longingly when he sees a happy family, he misses them terribly. I do to but I cannot accept a relationship where I will be belittled all the time. Sorry I have gone on about this for too long. It has been 4 years now, I am getting used to it and am not a unhappy person generally.

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    1. I don't have anyone around at holidays, but really it is the way I prefer it. I decorate for myself. I see my daughter and Andrew other days and leave the holidays to the other side of their family. I don't like crowds. Would rather have them to myself on regular days.

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    2. This is for Wendy. I feel your pain. I have heard it called the silent pain,because no one talks about it. You are not alone.Bless you and your husband you are not alone. Kris

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  5. THANK YOU FOR PICS OF THE PRECIOUS PUPSTERS.
    I HAVE WHAT I ENJOY SEEING OUT AND ABOUT ALL THE TIME, DON'T WAIT FOR A SEASON. RIGHT NOW I HAVE SEVERAL SANTAS OUT, THAT I ENJOY EVERYDAY.
    I WILL BRING OUT MY CHRISTMAS TREES AND MORE DECORATIONS THE WEEKEND OF THANKSGIVING.
    WHY LIMIT YOURSELF TO A SEASON, IF YOU LOVE IT, HAVE IT AROUND TO ENJOY.
    LIKE YOU, I GET A GREAT DEAL OF PLEASURE BY HAVING MY QUILTS OUT SO I CAN SEE THEM.
    I DON'T DECORATE WITH PUMPKINS, INSTEAD, I BAKE PUMPKIN BREAD TO SHARE WITH MY NEIGHBORS.

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    1. You've got the right attitude! Don't wait for holidays.

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  6. When it gets cold (around November), we put out a silver platter with big candles, and that makes a ambience in the evening. Sometimes a scented candle. But real decorating is reserved for Christmas. It makes the holidays feel more special, because they aren't just one in a cycle. In summer, it's not so much decorating as removing--the candles go away, the throw blankets.
    I lived for two years with no electricity or running water. I paid attention to every drop I used (and it had to be boiled before drinking). My stove was charcoal. I bought only the food I was going to eat, because I couldn't store leftovers (and I was on the equator, so the weather was not amenable to leaving food out). Pretty things are nice, and I appreciate them, but I realize they aren't necessities.

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    1. We all need to look at it like you do. Be thankful for what we have.

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  7. The older I get, the less stuff I want and the less I feel like doing a lot of seasonal decorating. I have been donating a lot of stuff lately - in fact, I'm going to Goodwill today with several bags of household misc, clothes, books and magazines. I know when I drag out my fall tote, that will be getting cleaned out, too. To me, Christmas is the worst as far as the overload of decor. I donated a lot of my Christmas stuff to a younger friend who loves Christmas decor and still has three young kids at home.

    I don't use any commercial toxic oven cleaner in my oven. I make my own scrub with non-toxic ingredients. I also don't have an ice maker on my fridge or even an ice maker in the freezer. Our old fridge had that and broke within no time. The cost wasn't worth getting it fixed. So when we eventually got a new fridge, we purposely chose not to have an automatic ice maker. It's really no big deal to keep a couple of trays of ice cubes in the freezer. What does that take to fill up - one minute?! We don't use much ice anyway.

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    1. I agree with you. No big deal to pop ice out of trays. Makes life much simpler.

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  8. I'm not ready to decorate for fall yet! Soon....but not quite yet. I'll change out the pillow covers, which needs to happen regularly anyway since the pups get hairs all over them. And I'll probably decorate the mantel, and bring out some fall candles. I do love my fall scents!

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    1. Every time I look at my throw pillows, I think of you buying pillow covers and just changing them out. I should have done that!

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  9. I'm the same as you, Brenda ~ I've VERY much cut back on my decorations for all seasons. Who NEEDS all that stuph?!?!?!

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  10. I, on the other hand, love to decorate with the seasons, although my idea of autumn is more soft whites, aquas, blue greens and soft blue. I have a small owl collection that I look forward to unpacking each autumn and I made a ton of velvet pumpkins in whites, aquas, blues and black. I set the table seasonly and bought two salad places from Pier One with gorgeous blues and aqua pumpkins on them and mix and match with existing tableware. Beautiful.

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    1. If you have the room, then you have storage. I don't!

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  11. You are so right Brenda. In moving and packing I have had to purge and I am astonished and so is my husband at how much I have been sending to Value Village! I don't need as much as I used to either.
    I love your colourful little home, it sounds perfect.
    Cindy

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  12. When my kids were around at at home, I would decorate. Now they are gone.. further away and don't usually see them on holidays.. very seldom. So I probably won't do anything for Fall. it's been so HOT here and dry, I'm mad at Mother Nature anyway! Fall decorating for me used to be bringing in some Vine Maple branches with the pretty colors of leaves on them.. and putting them in a vase on our table, with a Fall tablecloth. Maybe a few candles and a Fall colored blanket for quilt. Now I don't do that as no trees around where we live with colorful leaves! With kids gone, it's just a chore now to decorate! I may not even do much for Christmas and have been getting rid of most of my Christmas decorations... just keeping things that are sentimental or my boys made when they were small. I think as we get older, we tend to do away with the frills and extra work that it took to do certain things... it just doesn't mean as much and we don't feel we HAVE to do it.. so why do it? that's my philosophy now! If I used anything to decorate, it's a pretty themed quilt for the specific holiday.. I do like to hang one on the wall in our living room that goes with the colors of the season. Take care.. Marilyn

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    1. Maybe I'll look around for some pretty leaves on branches around here when the leaves actually turn and do the same, put them in a vase.

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  13. The lovely quilt in the first photo reminded me to get out our quilted bedspread in shades of rust, green and tan. I also have an afghan in fall colors for the living room, along with a few squirrel figurines and a few candles in fall shades. That's about it for inside. I agree with your plan to enjoy colors on the patio. I planted a forsythia earlier in the year that is turning a wonderful maroon shade right now. I had no idea it would do that, so it's a treat.

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    1. I didn't know forsythia turned maroon in the fall either!

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  14. Hi Brenda~

    I love Fall, and I usually put up a few autumn-y decorations. Like you I have cut way back on my decorations, even for Christmas. I love the idea of simplifying my life, and I try to cut back whenever I can, on whatever I can. Real pumpkins are always the best! They are so pretty and add such a pretty look to your decor, indoors or out!

    Your little pupsters are cute! I love having a dog around, they are such good company!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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    1. I like the idea of more natural fall decor for decorating these days.

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  15. That makes so much sense! I've been purging, now, for about the last 2yrs. My house is 2000 sq ft. And I am tired of filling the spaces! The older I get, the less I want, and so the purge. I really do not need all the added stuff. Pillows, quilts, blankets, candles, scent melts, is all I need to remind me that fall is around the corner. You inspire me, Brenda!

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  16. I too don't like having lots of stuff to clean around. I like beautiful but minimal, functional and pragmatic decor. I like how you are simplifying your life :)

    Summer

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  17. I do enjoy having some pumpkins on my porch and a nice Fall wreath on the door. And I have a few little things I put out around the house for Halloween--witches, in particular--I've always liked witches! But, I think, perhaps if I didn't have my two grandsons around I might not do as much.

    I love decorating for Christmas, but I don't do a lot more than the tree and a little mirrored skating pond with the old-fashioned little wax candle figures. And I hang a string of small stockings with all the kids' initials on them. And candles arranged in some pine or holly branches. But that's about it. The thing I always think about holiday decorating is that if you have a lot of stuff to haul out and use you have all that stuff to put away after the holiday. That gets to be more of bummer for me every year!

    Anyway, I think we all should do whatever makes us happy with holiday decorating. If we don't want to do much that's just fine. And if we have the energy and the stuff to do a lot, I say, go to it! And for me, it varies from year to year what mood I'm in, too.

    I just want to say how much I enjoy seeing your photographs of your quilts in your posts. They are so charming and homey. They are great everyday decor. I can see why you say looking at them makes you happy.

    Hope Abi and Charlie are doing well. They are cuties. I hope Abi is sleeping better so that you can sleep.
    Sometimes I think about what it would be like to have a small dog like they are instead of my big Labradoodle. I think it would be more like having a cat, except that cats are often so fickle with their affections. Not like dogs who love you so unconditionally. True, true friends.

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  18. We are bombarded with advertising to buy more and more and more.

    I'm still in a debate if I want to just buy real pumpkins or if I want to invest in a few faux ones to use each year.

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  19. I am sad to see you are not 'Fall decorating' this year, Brenda. I so look forward to your decor for the seasons and sometimes tried to copy because they have been inspirational!

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  20. We have a fabulous new fridge, that has ice and water in the door. Guess what? Both are broken right now. We grab ice from the trays and drink water from the tap and it's all good. We are spoiled and I am totally into less. I don't put out as much for holidays and have been purging the day to day for a few years. Most of it is unnecessary and I would rather be doing than dusting! ;)

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  21. Right now, all our belongings are in a 10x15 storage unit. I've purged quite a bit, but am also looking forward to getting some new things.

    One thing is for certain...if I don't love it or truly need it, it's not coming home with me.

    Seasonal decorating isn't something I do a lot of. I'm basically a lazy decorator.

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