Instagram is exploding with the most glamorous of fall decor. And it’s hard not to dive in headfirst, right? However, most of us probably don’t decorate our homes for a living, and it seems like there is always something that needs our financial attention more than a well-placed pumpkin display.
So, whether you are decorating for fall on a tight budget or just keeping things simple this year, I wanted to share these tips to help you (and me!) enjoy the fall season, even while decorating with less.
I am realizing more and more that as we are expecting, I just want to SIMPLIFY. My current “nesting stage” seems to be a need to get-rid-of-all-the-things. Turns out that means I honestly wasn’t too interested in decking out our home for fall this year. So, fall? I love ya, but this time around we’re keeping it simple.
So. How do you decorate for fall on a budget?
- Embrace the simplicity of less. There is something lovely about purposefully choosing to decorate with less. A few well-thought out touches can end up being even more special than a top-to-bottom decorating scheme. Plus, you don’t have to dust it and put it away later. Win? Yes, I think so.
- Don’t shop if you can’t buy. It’s WAY harder to resist the fall goodies when they are staring you down in the middle of Hobby Lobby. So go ahead and skip those aisles if you are keeping things simple this year.
- Use lots of natural (aka, edible) materials. Think squash, apples, and yes, of course pumpkins too. You can enjoy the pretty colors for a while and then start un-decorating when you have need of your “decor” in the kitchen. Oh, and while we’re at it, why not bring some gorgeous fall leaves inside? You can see that I pretty much filled a basket with apples and pumpkins and called it a day in our dining area.
- Build your collection each year. The years tend to go by quicker than we realize and I have found it helpful to build my decor collections with the future in mind. Add to your collection slowly and patiently, knowing that each year you’ll have more to decorate with.
- With that said, buy decor with longevity in mind. This means, focus on quality decor, neutrals, multi-seasonal pieces, and things that can be tucked away for next year. Of course, if you are hoping to take a minimalist attitude, your approach to longevity could actually be the opposite. In the interest of keeping decor
clutterstorage to a minimum, it might make more sense to spend those dollars on pretty Cinderella pumpkins or mums that will last the season and nothing more. Choices!
- And here’s a bonus tip for ya: Bake somethin’! Regardless of where you are at with decor/decorating/budgets/minimalism and on and on, baking something is always a solid plan. There is something about the smell of homemade baked goods (think pumpkin muffins, apple cake, gingersnaps, mmm) that calls out FALL louder than any decor might do. It’s kind of that “experiences” over “stuff” effect. Oh, and turning on that oven is the perfect way to warm up a little while we’re all waiting to officially turn on the heat. Well, that and a good pair of wool socks.
How about you? Do you go all-out to decorate for fall, or do you prefer to take a more minimalist approach? Whether you are on a tight budget or just focusing on simplicity, I hope these tips gave you some things to ponder as we all enjoy the glorious fall season!
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