This year I when I went to fall decorate and put my messy bun up and got my hot chocolate on and pulled down 14 tubs of fall decorations from the attic…
I opened tub after tub of garlands of leaves covered with glitter and pinecones and pumpkins with states on them and chalkboard pumpkins and mirrors with pumpkin sayings.
And acorns that looked like they just got back from Las Vegas.
I wanted to be inspired.
I wanted to fall it up and toss that garland over my shoulder and hang it up over the door.
In random, weird, completely unexpected and surprising news.
My heart longed for simple.
Can you believe it?
What is this world coming to?
I never met a glittered pinecone I didn’t want to take home and drink apple cider with.
I think it was the totes.
All I could see when I looked at them was stuff. Stuff that overwhelmed me. Stuff that hadn’t seen the inside of the farmhouse in 10 years. Stuff that made me want to run for the decorating hills.
Stuff upon stuff upon stuff.
Stuff I was holding on to because I told myself I might need it one day.
I told myself that it might make a reappearance.
I know straw hats you hang on the front door are so 2001.
But just like stirrup pants and bright blue eyeshadow and Dukes of Hazzard, they might make a decorating come back.
Why hold onto all of that? Why keep all that fall? Why keep all that stuff?
Every year I bring them downstairs, open them up, look inside, pull out a few pumpkins and then?
I CLOSE THEM BACK UP.
So this year?
I told all that stuff to take a hike.
I told it to prepare for a change of scenery.
I told it to pack its bags and get ready for a garage sale.
And then? I went all simple with the fall this year.
I updated wood pumpkins with simple book page leaves.
I stacked simple groups of three pumpkins on a wood tray.
I filled vases with simple fall leaves.
I added pumpkins to a simple toolbox in front of a chalkboard.
Happy less stuff and more heart.
PS The garage sale was AMAZING. Truly. We sold everything thing at the sale by 9:32. 🙂
PPS Who’s with me? Who’s ready to simple?