Frugal and Eco-Friendly Decorating

I love it when a home radiates the personality of the homemaker.  Whether a color scheme, the decor, or that je ne sais quoi, everyone’s home is unique.  Millions of dollars can be spent on decorating or minimal dollars can be spent on decorating.  With Shavuot approaching, many will be decorating their homes with flowers.  I wanted to address ways how to decorate frugally as well as eco-friendly.

I wrote an article on for a women’s magazine on this topic. Here are the ideas I mentioned:

  • Buy a bouquet of flowers and some extra greenery.  Look around your home for vases, empty glass jars, and empty wine bottles.  Then separate the flowers using 1 or 3 stems per vase, and add the extra greenery to visually use up more space. An empty blue Moscato wine bottle with a flower in it is quite stunning. Strategically place the flowers around the room(s) you want to decorate.
  • Buy a variety of silk flowers and rotate them throughout the year.  Find a resource on flower arranging to come up with new creations.
  • If you have a yard, prune a tree and use the leafy branches to add that natural touch to your home.
  • Use marbles or colored glass stones. Display them in a glass or ceramic vase, bowl, or serving piece.  Many people have a large volume of serving ware, so find some new ways to use these pieces aside from presenting food.
  • Spruce up throw pillows by alternating pillow covers.  You can rotate them for a new look and switch them out, depending on mood or season.  They don’t take up much storage space and are machine washable.
  • On this same theme of alternating, de-clutter your tchotchkes. Keep your favorite(s) and re-home the others.  Then, box up some of the ‘keepers’ and rotate/rearrange your displays. Something ‘old’ can become ‘new again’ so you can appreciate what you have without feeling the urge to buy a new piece.
  • Photos, postcards, or 12-month calendars with photographic art like flowers or nature scenes can be displayed on a bulletin board or wall.  Think back to elementary school when teachers changed the classroom bulletin boards with each holiday, season, or thematic unit.

Try one of these ideas out, as none will break the bank nor harm the environment.

Thanks for reading.

Karen, The Klutter Koach

May  29, 2019

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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