Well guys, the holiday season has officially passed and we are now into the quiet months of winter. And I gotta say, I’m kinda digging it. I know that probably comes as a HUGE surprise because you know how much I love summer. But I think there’s something really calming about this time of year and I’m learning to appreciate it. I mean, the shorter days and cold temperatures force us to slow down and be indoors. Without the hustle and bustle of the holiday craziness, there’s a certain peace and stillness that is honestly really refreshing to me this time of year. It’s quiet. It’s slow. My homebody tendencies are through the roof because I just want to be at home, spending time with my people. It’s pretty great actually. I’m craving simplicity in all things, so this year I’ve adopted a more nontraditional approach to winter decor. It’s nothing fancy, but I feel like it’s what I need right now so I’m rolling with it. I’m excited to share it with you guys today and I hope it helps if you’re looking to simply your home too!
1. Do what feels good for you and your home
So in years past, every winter I’ve left out my holiday greenery and not-too-Christmasy-wreaths to get me through winter. I even wrote a whole post about how to transition from Christmas to winter decor. But this year, I wanted it all gone. The wreaths. The garland. The pinecones. All of it. I have no traces of winter decor in my home right now. I’m craving simplicity, so all of that needed to go. And you guys, it feels sooooo good. I know it isn’t exactly going by the rules, but I really think regardless of seasons or holiday you should always do what makes you feel calm and peaceful in your own home. After all, home is our sanctuary and safe spot in this crazy world. It should be a place that comforts us and makes us happy above all else. I think this is especially true when it comes to post-Christmas winter decor. Do what feels good for you.
2. Fresh flowers
I know it’s the dead of winter and we typically think of fresh flowers as more of a spring and summer thing, but I think now is actually the perfect time to have fresh flowers throughout the house. With all the holiday decor down, our homes feel a bit empty and kinda lifeless. Adding in a few bouquets of fresh flowers is a sure way to bring a a bit of energy and life into any room. I love to use white flowers in the winter months, but I just picked up some baby pink roses that I am loving. Of course you can do whatever your little heart desires.
2. Declutter and donate
Going with my need for a simple and clean home, I’ve been on a decluttering rampage since the day after Christmas. I’ve been throwing stuff away, donating things, and just taking a minimalist approach to our home. I think winter decor is about simplicity and my motto is “if I don’t love it, it’s gone”. No more hanging on to things I only feel so-so about. I know this is common for a lot of us in January and I think it’s the perfect way to start a new year. I might even do a whole post on this topic because I think it’s SO important.
3. Add more greenery
Right after Christmas I picked up a whole bunch of new greenery and a few fiddle leaf fig trees to freshen up the house. This is also a great little trick to make your home feel less “naked” and empty after the Christmas tree comes down. You can do this with either real greenery or faux, but it’s a great way to add some extra texture and warmth back for the winter months.
4. Layers and more layers
Give me allllllllllllll the chunky throw blankets and pillows right now. Seriously, my goal with winter decor this year is simply coziness and comfort. I want each couch and chair to be overflowing with warm blankets and a soft pillow at all times of the day. Even with the heater running, I always feel chilled in the winter and I want that extra layer of comfort. It’s a small thing, but it makes all the difference!
So that’s it! I told you it was simple, right? I’m not doing anything fancy and that’s honestly the best part. Just a clean and simple house for these quiet winter months. It’s a bit nontraditional and different from what I’ve done in years past, but it makes me happy and that’s what matters. Well thanks for hanging out with me today, I hope this gives you some ideas for your own home this winter! xo
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