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Save Time and Money By Using Minimalist Halloween Decorating for Your Front Porch

Updated on September 8, 2012
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When it comes to decorating your front porch for Halloween, don't think that you have to go over board with your decorations in order to celebrate the holiday properly. Honestly, a simpler route will save your time and money. You will also have less hassle, putting up and taking down decorations. Consider these benefits of using a minimalist approach to decorating your home's front entrance this Halloween.

I suppose that an extreme minimalist would say that you shouldn't put up any decorations for this holiday. I would consider myself a more "moderate" minimalist; I have children and having some Halloween decorations is important to them. But I can choose to avoid the multitude of decorations for sale in the store and choose to put up something more subtle.

Taking a minimalist approach should necessarily start with evaluating your space. Take a few moments to remove any and every thing that either doesn't belong on your front porch or is not essential to the living space. What seems to work best for me is to remove absolutely everything from the front porch and only put back the essentials, maybe a basic piece of furniture for example.

A simplistic and minimalist decorating style should focus on simple decorations which add importance to the space without adding clutter. For Halloween, consider that a single pumpkin can bring in the spirit of the holiday without taking too much space. Provided that you don't carve it, the pumpkin can even be left out to roll into the Thanksgiving holiday, in other words: no cleanup! Maybe you could use a fall style wreath on your door which could be used for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Minimalist decorating also tends to place emphasis on quality over quantity. Purchase one thing that is made well instead of buying many cheap decorations. Maybe you just want to choose one (a pumpkin or a wreath or other decoration) instead of buying all of them at a lower quality.

The color white continues to be a preferred color in minimalist decorating. You can buy white pumpkins, or maybe a white ghost or skeleton to hang on your front door. Make sure your living space is clean (wipe down your front door and sweep off your porch) too. Focus on cleanliness and simplicity.

By having few decorations, you will not have much to put up beforehand and to take down when Halloween is over. Fewer decorations also means that you've spent less money on unnecessary decorations. Choose the minimalist approach this Halloween and I know that you will be more relaxed and happy with the result. Spend your time instead enjoying the great Fall weather with your family!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Great hub. My wife has a gift for decorating and no season is exempt from her skills. One year she had a headless manikin and all the pumpkins etc. Darn near scared all of little trick or treaters from knocking on our door.

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