On grace and gifts
I am curious what posters here do about decor gifts.
We are pretty particular about our homes, obviously. So what do you do when someone gives you a gift for your home, and it is not something you want to display?
I have had this happen a few times. The gifts have been nice and thoughtful and appropriate, to be honest. (which makes it harder). But I don't like a lot of stuff around anyway, and what i do have I have chosen with great care, and usually don't want to add or replace.
What I did do, in a quest to avoid clutter (borne partly from the experience of recent moves), was to almost immediately send these things to Goodwill.
Now, I feel really badly about that decision. In particular when people visit (thank god no one has asked). I am wondering if I should keep such items in a box somewhere, and bring them out when people visit? That seems dishonest, but nicer anyway.
Then,I think, am I just a horrible control freak person that I cannot enjoy a gift given with thought and care, even if it isn't 100% what I would choose?
What are your experiences?