Holiday Decor You Need To Declutter Before You Start Decorating

Ever since I moved out & am now living in my own place, my husband & I have accumulated quite a bit of holiday decor. It’s funny because when we first talked about living together, he had told me the only decor we would have was a Christmas tree & nothing more. Ha! He thought! How did we go from that mindset to an entire storage area filled with bins of seasonal decor? Some of it had to do with the pandemic atmosphere & wanting our home to feel festive when we were stuck inside. But I think it’s time to go through & narrow down to our most favorite items.

Here are things you might want to consider decluttering before you put up your holiday decor:

Broken or Damaged Ornaments

As careful as we try to be, there always seems to be a few ornaments that need to be retired out. If you are looking at your collection & have more than what could fit on the tree, maybe you should even get rid of one’s you don’t want to use. Ones that are in good shape can be donated. I’m sure there are other people who would love your unwanted ornaments. But the ones that have broke or are damaged in anyway can be recycled I believe. Have a curated collection of ornaments you absolutely love.

Lights That Don’t Work

The most annoying thing ever is discovering your Christmas lights are completely burnt out. We’ve had to replace our outdoor lights a few times because of this. Be sure you aren’t holding onto these types of items. Before we even try to display them, we test them out before hand inside. If they don’t work, they are trash!

Sparse Wrapping Supplies

Rolls of wrapping paper that are down to the last pieces, bags with holes, ribbons & bows that are used up or damaged are just a few examples of supplies to possibly downsize. Looking through your collection of supplies can also help you take inventory of what you have so you don’t buy things you don’t need.

Decor You Just Won’t Use

Although I try to choose classic decorations that can be used for years to come – there are some instances where some items have hit their expiration date. Either it’s not fitting the aesthetic you are wishing to showcase no longer looking like it once did – it’s time to let go of these type of items. Donate them to someone else who may love it in their home.

Decor That Was Passed Down

Going along with decor that isn’t used, sometimes the decorations that are passed down to us from generations just don’t fit our style. Instead of just storing it in a bin for years, why not let go of that guilt & send it on it’s way to someone who will use it & love it? There is no sense to hold onto items [ even though they were a part of the family ] if you don’t have a purpose for it. For instance, when I moved out of my parent’s house, I was given a small container of family ornaments they were no longer using. Although lots of the ornaments brought back nostalgia, I only kept a select few. The rest were quickly donated. The ornaments I did keep nicely fit the aesthetic of our more newer ornaments & they bring a smile to my face when I see them hanging on our tree.

Items That Are Annoying to Store

Half the battle of holiday decor is storing the items properly after the season. Sometimes when Im decluttering, the deciding factor is whether I can store an item easily or not. I’ve let go of plenty of bulky decor pieces for this very reason. And now, I try not to purchase anything that would give me trouble later. This can include an excess amount of outdoor lights or those inflatables that are displayed in yards. I stick to a set number of lights, a wreath & our fake tree. Other items need to be able to be placed in storage bins & stacked accordingly.

What are some holiday decor you could let go of this year? I find, when you declutter as you decorate, you can easily create storage space for when January hits. And sometimes, when I look through the bins, it’s funny how you can completely forget what you own.



The Ultimate Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide

One of the biggest misconceptions to a minimalist is they are the Grinch’s of the world & HATE giving & receiving gifts. This isn’t the case at all, well at least for me it isn’t, but lately I’m not considering myself a minimalist anymore. The act of gift giving is a way to show appreciation & this time of year is one of the hallmark times to express this love language. The big question is, what do you buy someone who is living a “less is more” mentality? Today, I wanted to share with you the ultimate “minimalist” holiday gift guide to give you that sure fire inspiration. Of course, this list isn’t limited to just your Marie Kondo enthusiasts. This gift guide is meant for anyone on your holiday gift giving list this season who is interesting in choosing items with more intention.

Plane Tickets To a Dream Destination

Lately, I’ve been wanting to experience more places, travel to new destinations & just live life as Kourtney Kardashian would say. I think surprising a friend or family member with plane tickets to an adventurous location is the perfect gift. You can make it an early holiday present or you can make it for a date in the near future. It’s always fun to have something to look forward to in the future. Some places I’d love to travel to this holiday season include NYC, Disney World or even New England areas on the East Coast.

Tickets To a Show, Concert or Local Event

To continue the experience trend, why not gift someone tickets to an event or concert. I personally love these types of gifts because it’s something they can look forward to later on in the year. One year my fiance & all his siblings gifted each couple a “date night.” It was either a gift card to a favorite restaurant, sport game tickets or a local event in the city. And if you want to be really gracious, you can even babysit their kids that night for a proper parents night out alone. Ha!

Monthly Meal Subscription or Grocery Store Gift Cards

Who doesn’t love food right? Figuring out meals & budging groceries on a weekly basis can become a hassle. And it’s something we all need. So, why not give the gift of tasty meals this holiday season? Subscriptions like Hello Fresh are perfect options for couples & families to branch out & learn a few new healthy but tasty recipes. And if you know which local grocery store they shop at regularly, you can always put a few gift cards in a cute basic alongside a few seasonings & other kitchen essentials.

Gym Equipment, Memberships or Classes

This is a great option for your fitness enthusiasts in your life. Now, as of recently, I gave up my membership & prefer working out at home, but I think a gift such as paying for a yoga class or even a monthly membership can be worth using. To make it more social, you can always sign up together as an excuse to spend more time together. For those who workout at home, maybe they are in need of a new yoga mat or weight equipment. You can even give them a gift card to their favorite athletic clothing store. Giving the gift of a healthy lifestyle is a great intentional option.

Coffee or Tea

Whenever I receive Starbucks or Dunkin stocking stuffers, I’m always a happy girl. These are the types of things I try not to overly purchase, but if I have a gift card or K cups to use at home, I don’t feel as guilty. I think coffee, tea or another favorite beverage is a great gift because it’s something they would get use out of eventually. And if you want to go all out & give them something more substantial you can always gift them a Keurig or coffee maker if they don’t already have one.

Reusable Makeup Clothes, Sponges or Q-tips

For those who are wanting to find more sustainably friendly alternatives, these types of gifts are perfect. Whether you are a makeup lover or simply needing alternative bathroom essentials, these types of products are great options as gifts or stocking stuffers.

Reusable Grocery / Produce Bags

Other sustainable option is to gift reusable grocery/ produce bags. These are items I always consider but glance over when I’m buying things for myself. But as a gift, this would be a wonderful way to try these plastic free alternatives.

TV Subscriptions

I love a good streaming service. There are so many varieties out there too. It’s a great way to catch up on the newest binge worthy series or re-watch some old favorites – like F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Office Supplies

Whether you are an avid list maker or planner, gifting a set of crisp pens or other stationary is an easy & reasonable gift. I’m always in the need of new stationary & my pens / highlighters as they always seem to dry out.

A Gratitude Journal

A few years ago, I wrote in a gratitude journal every day for a year & it seriously changed my life forever. Why not give the gift of gratitude to a friend or loved one. The start of a new year is always filled with fresh goals & new intentions – so this is a creative way to manifest that dream life.

A Kindle

I’m sure you have at least one book lover in your life. And as much as I love a good paperback , I’m trying to get away from a cluttered bookshelf & have all my novels digitally. But of course if you have people in your life that prefer a paperback, you can always go old school & give them a real page turner. (Another cheap option is to simply regift a book you’ve read & loved). As someone who never reads a book twice, I love rehoming novels.

Roomba or Robot Mop

Last Christmas we were gifted a Roomba & it changed the game when it comes to keeping our house clean. You no longer have to spend hours vacuuming & even leave the house for a while. They’ve even created a mop version that is all over Tiktok. What has happened to me? I guess adulting means being excited over cleaning gadgets.

Digital Camera

Although most smart phones have amazing camera quality, there are some times where I still love the idea of a DSLR or even a polaroid camera to capture memories. My fiance gifted me a polaroid printer & I’ve been loving the easiness of displaying our adventures around my office & the rest of the house.

A Photo Book

Do you want to showcase a few of your favorite memories with someone? Why not create a photo album for them. You can even be more creative & turn it into a scrapbook of sorts with a decorated cover & captions. It’s a very thoughtful homemade present that properly showcases your relationship,friendship or a milestone.

A Recipe Book

I love the idea of curating all your family traditional meals into one book or box. To make it even more personable, you can handwrite the instructions. As a soon to be wife, I would love to have a collection of both families’ recipes to continue the traditions with our future family.

A Spa Day

This is perfect for a girls day or even a gift for a sister or mother. Surprise them with a gift certificate to a local spa where they can get a mani, pedi, massage or even a blow out. This is a perfect self care gift for anyone who has done so much for you or just needs some extra “me time”.

Movie Gift Card

I for one love getting gift cards to the movies. It’s another great option for a future experience. Another option is to host a movie night at home with popcorn, snacks & even build a blanket fort to bring back the childhood nostalgia. This is a great option for couples or even a group of friends during winter break.

A Ring Light or Selfie Stick

This one is for my fellow content creators. I don’t know about you, but having a selfie stick & attached ring light makes photography so much easier. Especially when there’s no one around to take your photo.

Good Quality Jewelry

I keep a very small jewelry collection & I’ve learned it’s better to own a few quality pieces that won’t turn my skin green. This is a classic for anyone special in your life.

Plastic Free Products

Many companies are transitioning to plastic free packaging. For the sustainable people in your life, why not purchase them a few of these alternatives such as hair care, hygiene care & cleaning products.

Flowers or Other Plants

plants & flowers are such beautiful gift ideas. I love hanging greenery in our home as well as a few plants in our backyard as well. I forgot how easy & thoughtful a bouquet of flowers can be. Add a sweet note & even make a personal visit.

Hand Written Note

I personally love the old school way of writing a handwritten note & sending a bit of snail mail to a friend or family member. It’s a cute & easy way to express you are thinking of someone & there are a lot of ways to make it festive.

Coloring Books

This is a perfect gift for any children as well as the children at heart. As an adult, I still find it so relaxing to sit on the couch & color a picture.

Paint or Draw A Picture

If you are more on the creative side, why not paint or draw a picture for someone as a gift. You can even place it in a personalized frame so they have the option to display it.

Pet Supplies & Accessories

To those pet owners, why not create a stocking filled with necessities their fur baby will love. Add a gift card to a local pet store or a few of their favorite treats. I’m sure the pet & their parents will surly appreciate the gesture.

Cleaning Service

Who wants to be stuck inside cleaning all day when they could be out living life? For your home owner friends, why not gift them a one time or multiple time cleaning service. It’s a great gesture especially those who have such busy schedules.

Lawn Care Service

Treat someone to a spruced up yard or landscaping. Gift them a monthly lawn cutting or surprise them with some plants for their gardens. What better way than to give the gift of the outdoors.

Baby Sitting

For those tired parents, why not gift them a date night & watch their kids for the night. I mean, how generous is that?

Pet Sitting

You can’t forget the fur babies either! Plus, pet hotels & kennels can be pretty pricey.

Self Care Basket

I love the idea of putting together a basket filled with themed items. This one in particular can be a gift of self care. You can fill the basket with some nail polish, bubble bath, a hair & face mask & even a good book. Get creative with it & choose personally.

Favorite Candy or Snack

Keep it simple with a few of their favorites. Wrap them up cute & add a tag for a bit of pizazz.

Bake a Traditional Treat

Along with the recipe book idea, why not simply bake one of your traditional treats & make a home delivery. This is a perfect option for any holiday gatherings you may be attending as well.


A gift for those Type A’s & my fellow bloggers. Although I love using Google calendar, there’s something about handwriting it in a cute monthly calendar. Help someone get organized for the year ahead with this useful present.

Support Their Hobby

Whether it’s supplies, accessories or even a personalized trinket, showing you care by supporting their hobby is super thoughtful. For the blogging community, this can also mean to share a person’s blog post, give it a like or a mention & even subscribing to their newsletter. Every little bit of support means the world to us.

Go Skiing or Tubing

This is the perfect winter experience for those who enjoy the outdoors & the sport. You can even make it into a winter weekended getaway & rent out a cabin in the woods. I’m sure you”ll make lots of wonderful memories.

Support a Small Business

When choosing where to shop this holiday season, why not spend your money on smaller & local businesses. Lots of times you find such unique & thoughtfully made gifts this way instead of getting the generic option at big chain stores.

Car Accessories / Cleaning Service

This is another useful gift option. You can gift someone a detailed cleaning or even accessories like floor mats to keep their car looking pristine.

Face Time / Make a Phone Call

Sometimes the best way to show you care is to talk to them face to face or at least hear their voice. Especially for friends or family that live miles or states away, making that quick call will mean the world to them.

Ipad / Laptop / Desktop

This is quite a pricey option, but one I find to be worth the money if it’s for the right person. I always try to think of things people would truly use & know as a blogger, any of these would be wonderful gifts.


Although it’s not very personal, I still find plain old cash is extremely useful. You can even add a note with an explanation on how you’d like it to be used. I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated.

Pay off a Bill

Like the money option, depending on who it is & whether or not you may offend them, I think paying off a bill for someone is one of the most thoughtful gifts ever. The holiday season can be such a stressful time & sometimes all you really need is a leg up.

Phone Case

I feel like everyone needs a phone case. This is quite self explanatory.

Sustainable Clothing Brands

These brands, although are better for the environment, can be rather expensive. So, why not treat someone to a clothing piece so they can test the waters so to speak.

Quality Bedding & Pillows

What better way then to give the gift of proper sleep

A Charity Donation

It always feels good to give back but the holiday season is the perfect time

Instant Pot / Slow Cooker

This can be any kitchen gadget that makes like easier. But I just personally love our Instant Pot & Air Fryer attachment. It seriously makes food prep quick & efficient.

Mini Fridge

This isn’t very minimalistic, but we were gifted a mini fridge for Christmas last year & we are obsessed with ours. If you are looking for an addition to a bar shelf area & just need more storage space. This would also be perfect for college students.


Now, I try not to own too many of these (we’ve managed to end up with over 20!) but this is a perfect option for new home buyers, newly weds & even college students who have apartments.


I love a game night & this is perfect for those who want to get together with friends or family during the holidays. Some of my favorites are Cards Against Humanity, Family Feud & Scrabble.

Just Ask Them What They Want

Lastly, just be up front when holiday shopping. It’s better to ask someone & purchase something you know they’ll use than get them something that will be donated in a few months.


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31 Blog Post Ideas For Blogtober

Hi everyone! Blogtober is a few months away & I decided I’m going to participate this year. I’ve already been typing away & brainstorming content & it is definitely a lot of work! Coming up with topics takes a lot of brain power. Since other bloggers may be wanting to challenge themselves to this month long, 31 post extravaganza, I am going to be nice & share a few blog post topics you can choose from. After all, this isn’t a competition & simply a fun way to celebrate the fall / spooky season. So, here are 31 Blogtober Blog Post Ideas to help you spark some spooky inspiration…

1. Share Local Folklores, Haunted Locations & Stories

2. Blogging Routine & Set Up

3. Fall Makeup Favorites

4. Fall Look Books / OOTD

5. The Blogtober Tag

6. Favorite Halloween Movies / TV Shows

7. Favorite Fall Memories

8. A Personal Ghost Experience

9. Fall Clean With Me / Declutter

10. Monthly Favorites

11. Blogging Advice / Things You’ve Learned

12. Personal Stories

13. Fall Music Playlist

14. Work Out Routine

15. Why you love / hate Halloween

16. Fall Self Care Routine

17. Favorite Video Games To Play

18. A Blogtober Recap

19. Share a Fall Themed Experience / Travel Destination

20. Why You Started Blogging

21. How To Decorate For a Halloween Party

22. Monthly Goals

23. Share a childhood memory

24. Write a fictional scary story

25. Fall Date Night Ideas

26. React To Reddit Creepy Pasta

27. Life Update: Fall Weekend Plans w/ photos

28. Fall Clothing Hauls

29. How To Be Minimalistic During Halloween

30. Decorate Your Home For Halloween

31. Sustainable Alternatives For Halloween

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your Blogtober planning. Let me know, are you participating in Blogtober this year?