Downsizing your holiday collections

Created date

October 22nd, 2018
A box overflowing with holiday decorations

The holidays are right around the corner! Have you started your annual expedition through the attic to find your bins of decorations? If only you could remember where you stored the wreaths!

And when you finally locate those bins, do you feel like maybe there are a few too many decorations? You certainly aren’t alone. It can be a lot of fun getting the house dressed up for the holidays. But it can also make downsizing a little more difficult.

Let’s say you’ve made the tough decisions about which collections have to go (so long, nutcrackers and Snowbabies) and which can stay (get cozy, Christmas village and tree ornaments). Now what?

Besides donating or selling holiday items, how else can I downsize my collection?

Offer them to family members and friends or give them as gifts. Include a note explaining any family history connected to the item, and why it was special to you. Another fun way to gift your excess holiday décor is to host a “white elephant” party where guests exchange pieces or use them as unique favors.

What are some creative ways to use my remaining holiday décor in a senior living community?

Just because you downsized your living space doesn’t mean you have to downsize your holiday spirit. Pop a wreath on your front door, patio, or balcony door and even bedroom doors. Use strands of lights and shiny ornaments in a large vase for holiday ambience. Instead of putting up a dedicated table, create a multilevel Christmas village on existing shelves.

At Erickson Living communities, residents have a shelf outside their apartment homes to display items reflecting their personality. It’s also perfect for displaying your favorite holiday collections.

Where can I store everything during the rest of the year?

Apartment homes at Erickson Living communities have plenty of storage space. Choose plastic bins that stack nicely in your closets and make sure to label them with the contents. And before you pack up, take out the décor you didn’t use. If they stayed in storage all season, it’s time to donate, gift, or dispose.