Just starting out? Today’s post is for the readers who are “adulting”. Adulting as a verb is a slang phrase for maturing, growing up, and preparing for a future that may involve buying a house, having kids, what have you. Whatever your goals are, Adulting is about making your future plans a reality. For me, and most of us, that includes building a home. Nothing makes a house a home more than holiday decorations and sentimental items.
I have been working on my own ornament collection since I’ve been 26. I display small trees in the apartments I’ve had, but I’ve never really had my first, big Christmas tree. I’m edging closer to settling down and finding a permanent place to put my roots, but until that day comes, I’m working on my holiday supplies. When I set up that first tree, I’ll be ready to go with a variety of ornaments and decorations. I highly recommend doing the same. It will be so nice to skip buying a bunch of ornaments for the new tree. If you like my plan, follow my guide below.
Make one special ornament every year for your collection. Include something memorable and the year. It could be a quote, a photo, whatever. Pick one special moment from that year and turn it into an ornament. Your parents may have some that you made as a child, though it might be hard to get them to part with those ones. Only ask for one or two and it may increase your chances. If any of your siblings have kids, ask the kids to make you ornaments as gifts. It will save them money and you’ll have something sweet for your sentimental ornament collections.
I recently did a post on the magic of shatterproof ornaments. They’re gorgeous, versatile, and durable. This is great for new homes with pets, and one day… maybe kids.
Your Favorite Things
I’ll direct you to our shop for a bit of inspiration on this one. We have a variety of musician ornaments, as well as ornaments for TV and movie lovers. Sprinkle in a few of your favorite things to add your own personal touch to your tree.
Get a few box sets of basic ornaments, preferably the shatterproof ones mentioned above. The classic solid ball ornaments are the perfect way to set a base for your decoration. Choose one main color and then a few complementing colors.
I always loved the icicle ornaments when I was a kid. I thought they were so pretty and knew I’d have those on my tree one day.
I love glam and glitter anything, so anytime I see a glitter ornament I like, I buy it immediately. I don’t care if it’s June, I buy it.