I love Fall. I adore Fall colors, I like the crisp air as opposed to the oppressively hot, and I look forward to Fall decorating. This year, I went through the 3 rubbermaid containers that housed my Fall decorations and cleaned them out. I had so much junk in there. I have no idea where some of it even came from.
Anyway… we may not have the same decorating tastes. I don’t do cutesy… you will not see a Winnie the Pooh or a Peanuts character or Mickey Mouse anywhere in my decorations. I do not have the ability to be kitschy. So after cleaning out my stash and getting rid of all things ugly, I sized up what was left and headed out shopping. Surprisingly, I didn’t have to buy much at all. My fall decorations cost me less than $10.00 this year.
Here’s what I did:
and here is the breakdown:
Obviously, my home is not going to be featured in “Better Homes and Gardens” anytime soon. I have nicks all over my walls, they are in DIRE need of a paint job, and inside that black side table live Pokemon cards, broken Pez dispensers, and a collection of Happy Meal toys and Polly Pockets. This is the Suzy Freaking Homemaker version of life, after all.
But I’m especially proud of my fall decorating because: A) I didn’t spend much money and B) I have at least two parts of my house (the entryway and the couch) that will be clean for awhile. You know… at least until 4:00 when the kids get home and get busy wrecking it. And C) Because I took on the money-saving part of decorating this year seriously. I was in Hobby Lobby yesterday on my way to pick my mom up from the airport, and fell in love with a ceramic pumpkin with a beautiful “P” on it. (our last name starts with a P) but it was $30.00! There was no way I was going to spend 30 bucks on a freaking pumpkin. Instead, I went over a few aisles, bought a vinyl “P” and stuck it to a foam pumpkin that I already owned. Easy Peasy. After the entryway, I moved to the couch. Surprisingly, not to sit and put my feet up to reward myself for a job well done, but to Fall-itize it. I read in Ladies Home Journal that you should re-purpose things in your home to use in decorating to save money. So I stole throw pillows from my bed and re-purposed them in the living room. Truth be told, my husband hates the extra pillows on the bed, he doesn’t “get the point of them” and he will not miss them in their absence. And I love how much just a few new pillows can completely change the look of a room:
Voila. Fall decorating… the Suzy Freaking Homemaker way. Now everyone go out and enjoy what is supposed to be an absolutely GORGEOUS fall weekend here in Western Pennsylvania!!