Minimalist Seasonal Decor

As a minimalist, I try to avoid most seasonal decorations. Which takes conscience effort to do, when walking through stores. Especially going through a craft store! They are wonderful about placing all the beautiful seasonal decorations at the front of the store to seduce you into buying cute decorations for the current season.

The fact is: decorating for each different season is a lot of work.

  • Storing seasonal items take up space, in the garage, basement or closets.
  • At least one full day of removing one season and setting up another.
  • Often times, cute things are found on sale and stuffed in a corner of the closet, only to be lost.
  • Extra money is spent, to get a certain look, or update old decorations.

I have limited seasonal decorations to just what is useful:

  • A bowl of fruit sitting on the table or counter. It’s pretty, and we eat from it over the week.
  • A vase of flowers, my favorites always come out of our garden. I tend to ask for a plant instead of a bouquet of flowers for special events, this way I can enjoy it much longer.
  • Pumpkins from the garden waiting to be baked, will sit atop of a shelf in the dining room. They give a cozy fall feeling and by the time I’m ready for Christmas, I will have baked them all.

For Christmas I do have 2 smaller boxes of decorations. These hold our stockings, tree lights, tree stand and a few sentimental decorations. We do a simple tree decorated with paper snowflakes. Click here to read more about how we decorate our tree and how we use traditions to celebrate instead of depending on “stuff” to put us in the “holiday spirit”. We also make gingerbread houses each year, which are displayed on a shelf for the month of December and then, being the pyromaniacs that we are, we burn it in the wood stove. Which is really quite entertaining, as it melts all the windows and fire envelopes the whole house.

Do you decorate seasonally? How have you been able to simplify in this area? Have you gotten rid of enough so you can just enjoy the season?


About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m the Joyful Space Specialist. it’s my desire help others create a joyful space of their own and enjoy their time spent at home.


  1. Anonymous on 10/31/2013 at 3:33 PM

    No I don’t decorate for each holiday. I don’t have the money to do that. I did buy a few Fall decorations this year for some unknown reason (I moved and i guess I wanted it to look special for a moment) but then I was mad at myself for spending the money for that instead of food. lol I have a few Christmas items but not many.

  2. Tonya on 11/01/2013 at 12:52 PM

    Very minimal for most holidays, but love having an organized bunch of Christmas time deco in bins and tree ornaments that are mostly special. It becomes a special family time where the kids love to help lay out a few things out. We try not to buy a bunch of extra stuff as well. I wish I could just get the rest of my house in ‘minimal’ shape.

  3. klynnel on 11/02/2013 at 5:30 PM

    I have a plant shelf over my front door, it is the only place I do big seasonal displays, I have a fall flower basket, some lighted artificial pines and silk flowers that get rotated, along with some real and fake Christmas presents, (it is fun to put some of the real ones up there, nobody knows where they are hidden.) The rest of the decor comes from nature. Lots of windows without any covers to hide the transformations that occur in our yard.

  4. Celena on 04/26/2014 at 8:24 PM

    I love the idea of using seasonal fruit, squash, and flowers! I don’t decorate that much, but everyone likes change. The girls and I put together a felt banner for spring, it’s cute and we enjoyed spending the time together. We are blessed with rose bushes at the house we are currently renting, there are so many we can cut every day and still have enough for the girls to play “wedding” and “flower girl” games spreading petals all over the sidewalk and picking them up and doing it again. On another note, I was just thinking the other day about how it almost sickens me to go into a store anymore – to see the over abundance we have here and the money wasted on “beautiful” things when much of the world is struggling to buy food. I wonder what the majority world thinks of us. Ultimately, the stuff in and of itself is not bad, I realize we can’t impose our convictions on others…I just have to admit that all I do in my head is try to figure out how much food could I get for the money spent on x, y, or z?

    • Karen T. on 10/29/2014 at 5:24 AM

      Celena, I know how you feel. I used to spend tons of money decorating and redecorating my house — until I realized I had really made it an idol in my life! After several years I feel like I’ve been delivered from HGTV and the desire to buy pretty things just because they catch my eye. I too want to have more money to share with people who still need to meet their basic needs.
      I do still enjoy a bit of seasonal change. Just now I have some pumpkins on the porch, a bowl of beautiful farm-picked apples (they are scenting the kitchen!), and some dishes of unshelled nuts with votive candles inserted. That’s my fall decor. For Christmas I’ll make an evergreen wreath, display my mother’s crèche set, and light candles in my grandma’s crystal candleholders. Oh, and my husband likes to put up white icicle lights outside. My Easter table will have a vase of tulips and bowls of pastel jelly beans with (you guessed it!) votive candles. In summer I love vases of roses from my garden, or a tray of seashells or beach glass. Simple and natural and not bought in stores!

  5. Cathy on 09/13/2014 at 9:43 AM

    I like the way you do things. We really don’t decorate for each season, normally. However, last year, I did find one idea I loved and have been able to make it work for us. I have very little decor on our walls, period. But we had a completely empty wall in the dining room and I used nail and some twine to string up two lines. Then we cut out letter pennants (found them somewhere online) to spell “Give Thanks” and made paper leaves to go in between the letters. It came out so pretty and was something we could make as a family. We loved it so much that I have just changed out what goes on the lines. Right now, I have some of Ann Voskamp’s Bible verse printables hanging there (again with clothespins) so we can work on memorizing them.

    Other than this, we do a Christmas tree and I have a Christmas throw we put out then. We also have a nativity set but I find it hard to find a good space for it. This year, we’ve made some changes (and gotten rid of even more stuff), so I think it can be on top of the piano. 🙂

    • Rachel on 09/13/2014 at 10:07 AM

      That sounds lovely Cathy!

  6. Laura on 12/31/2015 at 8:34 PM

    A wired plaid bow I bought at an art fair about ten years ago, I put it on my front door every year. Kept in tissue in a cardboard box in the closet.

    Pumpkins on the front steps at Halloween. This past Halloween I came home and somebody ( the neighbor kids?) had drawn different faces and expressions on my porch pumpkins. It was so cool. 🙂 Next Halloween I’m doing the pumpkin cuties from your blog post for my fruit bowl!

    I also like having fruit out as a “decoration.” It’s edible so no waste! A fruit bowl is the only item I allow out on my kitchen countertops now that I’m uncluttered. Everything else gets put away. (Which isn’t difficult since I hardly own anything anymore. LOL.)

  7. Lady Gray on 10/24/2017 at 6:53 PM

    Love the idea of burning the gingerbread houses haha!

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