When we talk about fast fashion, we usually mean clothes. However, a quite similar concept exists in the world of home decorations. Tons of cheap trendy or seasonal home accessories are produced, shipped, briefly loved, and freely discarded every year. Something we can’t really afford to continue. But don’t get me wrong, I still love decorating my home. But I believe that there are better ways than repeatedly buying shiny new things and throwing them out after they brought us just a glimpse of joy.
The Pace is the Problem
Very comparable to fast fashion, the accelerated pace is the problem. Like fashion designers went from two yearly collections to 52 or more, home accessories became fast-moving consumer goods. When you’re a home decoration lover, you probably know what I’m talking about. It can be hard to resist these shiny new things offered in big stores that precisely know how to get customers to buy more, more often.
I still remember when the first modern home decor shop opened here in Munich. Seeing all those affordable home accessories felt like heaven – what an abundance of choices! Every week a new range of products. This week all in green, next week all in blush. This week all for outdoor summer, next week all for cozy autumn. I indulged. My house got filled with trendy and seasonal home accessories, cupboards got crammed with cheap stuff. Every time I ran out of space, I just discarded what I no longer loved – usually almost everything. And then, I started over again.
Today I think what a waste of time and money, and, even worse, what a waste of precious resources. I have to admit, though, it took me years to come to this conclusion.
Take Your Time
Conscientious (buying) decisions take time. This is true for anything you invite into your home, but of course, also for home accessories. Despite those rare moments when we instantly fall in love with something, spontaneous decisions usually aren’t the best. It just takes time to figure out what we really want. I know from experience that it can be tempting to decorate a new home on a single weekend. However, especially when you’re aiming for a curated look, your home has to grow with you. So next time when you move to a new place or renovate a room, don’t rush. Take your time and be very selective. As a reward, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful items that you love and express your personality and style.
Rethink Seasonal Decoration
Decorating for the season doesn’t mean buying new things every year. I know this sounds like common sense. But I don’t think that home decoration stores would offer ever-changing seasonal accessories when they couldn’t sell them. I’m certainly not one of those people who romanticize the past. But in this case, we could adapt some rituals from our grannies.
My grandmother had this beautiful box filled with thoughtfully selected items to decorate her Christmas tree – every piece precious to her. Each year, she added one or two new things to her collection or replaced something that got damaged beyond repair. And when the holidays were over, she carefully wrapped everything in paper and placed it back into the storage box. For her, opening this box the following year was like opening a treasure chest.
Choose Quality over Quantity
Applying this universal rule also to home decoration makes all the difference. Because it means we choose accessories (and furniture, but more about this in another article) thoughtfully and invest in quality pieces. As a result, we love our purchases more and longer. Moreover, every item gets the attention it deserves.
And, as a bonus, so to say, we’ll save a lot of time not having to dust, clean, or otherwise take care of a whole lot of items that don’t really add any value to our home and to our life.
Change Things Up
Before you go out and hunt for new home accessories, try to change things up first. I understand that we sometimes get bored looking at the same stuff arranged in the same way day after day. But often, it’s just a case of rearranging or repurposing items. For instance, finding a new place or new use for one thing and temporarily packing away another. The changes we make can be simple, e.g., putting another photo in a frame or choosing different colors for flowers and candles. There are so many possibilities to freshen things up. Without adding new items, or if any, only very few, very selected ones.
Making conscientious decisions when decorating our home is definitely a good idea. Being more selective and buying quality rather than quantity will save us time and money and helps to reduce waste. But even more important, it makes our belongings precious. And shouldn’t our home, our sanctuary, be filled only with things we truly appreciate?
More Tips and Inspirations
The tips above will work a lot better in a nicely organized and clutter-free environment. So, when this is still something you struggle with, these articles may give you a bit of a boost:
- The KonMari Method: All You Need to Know + Printable Guide
- Home Decluttering a la Marie Kondo: Lessons Learned
Are you just looking for simple ideas to make your space feel a bit more?
Or do you want to dive deeper and read how to add a unique vibe?
- Make Your Space Unique: 5 Home Decor Shopping Rules to Follow
- The 4 ‘Secrets’ to a Beautifully Curated Home
But whatever you’ve planned, don’t rush into it! I’d always recommend you invest in quality rather than quantity, take it slow, and be very selective:
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Thanks for sharing this post and your thoughts!
Do you sometimes overshop when it comes to trendy or seasonal home accessories? Or have your shopping habits changed over time? Which items in your home do you love most, and for how long have they been in your space? I’d love to hear from you!