Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Minimalist: Easter

A few years ago, a friend picked up this adorable Easter basket for our daughter:


This year was her third Easter and she is still using this basket. I was really wishing I had dug our Easter stuff out sooner this year. I thinned down our eggs. Also, my oldest is a teenager now so she got a giant chocolate rabbit - no more eggs. I set aside 28 eggs, 1 bucket + plastic grass to donate. If I'd done it sooner, someone could have gotten use out of it this year.


I kept 30 eggs and even then split them in half. Sasha got 15 eggs and next year I'll split the 30 between her and Spencer. It was so tempting to purchase the metallic eggs I saw, but we obviously had more than we needed.

Does it seem weird to store Easter stuff? It isn't really any different than storing stockings for Giftmas. In fact, you could even set baskets out the night before Easter in the same style. Make your own traditions. They shouldn't include wasting materials.

Do you save Easter stuff from year to year?

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11 comments:

  1. Abbey has used the same Easter basket two years in a row, and we save all the Easter Eggs we collect for use or donation the next year. We also save our Easter grass and re-use it. I don't think storing Easter stuff is in any way different than storing Christmas stuff (there's just - usually - less of it)

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    1. When we were kids, we got new baskets every year. I did that with my oldest when she was younger, too. What a waste. I figured most families did it that way, though.

      I once used plastic eggs to decorate my bedroom (as a preteen). I closed the egg on a string, then hung the strings from the ceiling.

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  2. I have a giant basket we got at our wedding that holds shoes the rest of the year. I used green yarn for grass that will still be useful afterward. And we don't do plastic eggs, just the boiled ones. So, I am not sure that we store anything for Easter!

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    1. You topped me for Minimalist Easter! We hid real eggs when I was a kid, until a few got lost and then found a few years later. Ewwwww.

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    2. That would be nasty. We always try to keep track of where they are hiding to avoid that. I dread the day we forget!

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    3. At least it was outside! It was in a pile of sand. We actually only located HALF of it, somehow. The egg was cut in half by the shovel.

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  3. We don't really "do" Easter Bunny stuff around here, but one of the Agents got that same Elmo basket as a gift. It stays out year round now, and they fill it with random stuff. We also have a stash of plastic eggs in a box somewhere (also a gift) that we put away last year when A kept trying to stuff the entire thing in his mouth. Do people really get new baskets every year? This sounds odd to me. But maybe I'm just the Easter Bunny equivalent of bah humbug, though.

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    1. Most baskets you see are made to be pretty... disposable. They aren't very sturdy. Then if you consider that the kid receives it as a sort of gift and plays with it for egg hunts and such. You would have to take it away from them to store it and then it would need to be in a condition worth saving, too.

      Then there are those baskets wrapped in cellophane and full of junk. Those are definitely meant to be disposable!

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  4. A blog friend (at whiteelkclan.blogspot.com) mentioned recently that she takes her kids thrifting for a new basket every year, and then they re-donate them to the thrift store afterward. I thought that was brilliant! Always a new basket, but no storage and no waste!

    I definitely don't think storing is odd either, though - like Amy said, no different from stashing your Christmas stuff away.

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    1. That is another great idea! I like that one.. although I'd worry as to whether you could really find one at thrift stores just before Easter. Though I've seen plenty of decorative ones all year that weren't necessarily Easter themed.

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  5. We definitely store other holiday items to reuse, though I admit we don't always bother getting them out. They're in one of our 2 Christmas storage bins, the one marked Christmas & Other Holidays. :)

    This year was the first time I remembered to play Easter Bunny. I put baskets out for everyone (even Sam and me!) the night before, and it was so fun. Everyone else was surprised, which made me happy. I think the only eggs we have were gifted from Mikko's grandma and scored in the egg hunt at church.

    My mom always does an egg hunt indoors with those little chocolate eggs wrapped in foil. I want to start that tradition, probably next year. We did always find leftover eggs throughout the year, in odd places, but no harm in eating an old chocolate! :)

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