When it comes to decorating, one of my secret weapons to a perfect room, lies within the power of the price tag. Nope, it's not about buying things on sale, I mean I am a huge proponent of sale shopping, but that's not what I'm talking about.
I'm talking about leaving it on.
Wait, what? Leaving the price tag on?
For how long?
A long time.
Well, at least as long as the store's return policy period. And maybe then some.
My kids constantly make fun of me, because almost every decor accessory in our house, has a price tag on it. You can pick up just about any dish, figurine or pillow around here and the tag is on. They say it's like living in a giant garage sale.
Why, you ask? What's behind this madness? Well, some of it's laziness. I mean after a while they should come off, but initially is all about removing the pressure to decide if my purchase is a keeper. Where I live, no tag means no return, even if you have the receipt.
I'm not indecisive by nature, but what looks great in the store, may not in my home. Or it may not function well, despite my thoughts to the contrary in the Homegoods aisle. I need to see my purchase in context and, especially in my new simplifying stage, I want to know if it's truly a necessity. Well, a decorating necessity.
What? It's a thing.
See this pretty pitcher that I featured awhile ago? It sits in my bedroom. I liked it on the shelf in the store and at home in the kitchen. It was all good for the first week, it was the new kid on the block and sat prominently on my counter.
However, what would happen in week two, if I found myself moving it out of the way all the time, because it was in my prep space or I needed to tuck it away and the cupboards were full? Hmmm. Maybe it wasn't for me after all. Maybe it would need to go back.
Good thing it still has the price tag on it.
|I obviously kept it.|
How about these faux posies? I truly detest fake flowers in a vase, but these were so pretty in the store, so real looking and so white. They even look amazing in my black and white Instagram shot...
|I kept these, too.|
...but what if I came to my senses in twenty eight days and remembered how much I hate the dust that collects on these pretties, hmmm?
|Yes, the tags are on the birds.|
I have to really, really like a frame to buy one with a sticker on the glass. How can I get the full effect of the accessory and make a proper decision with a bright piece of paper destroying my aesthetic?
You see, if I keep the tag on, the pressure to decide if I really like an item, really want an item, really need an item goes away. I get the initial thrill of bringing my new treasure home, but I can take my time cultivating a look. I may love something in the store, but once home, it may not fit. Or it may, but I might need a bit of time to make that decision. If I rip the tag off, my window of opportunity is gone.
By leaving it on for a good long time, well, like I said, as long as the store return period allows anyway, I get the chance to live with my accessories.
Take this wreath, for example, it's made of dainty wooden flowers. By the way, much better than faux, just saying. Anyway, I wasn't sure if it was the right look or material for a steamy bathroom. I hung it up on an existing hook and left it there. I fell in love with it and it held up well, so I kept it.
It's been there for about two years.
And so has that price tag.
Ugh. Garage sale.
I hate when the kids are right.
Are you a tag ripper?
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