With only 22 days until Christmas, if you haven’t started decorating your house yet then I imagine you will soon. Whether you go all out and really deck the halls or just keep it simple and put up a small tree, there are several ways you can help reduce stress and better organize your time and space when it comes to decorating. Today I’d love to offer eight easy tips to help you survive and hopefully even enjoy this year’s Christmas decorating adventure.
1. Chip away at it little by little
There’s no reason to put up every last decoration you have in one sitting. That could be really overwhelming! Take a few minutes here or a few hours there and before you know it, you’ll have it all done, but without taking up such giant and inconvenient blocks of your time.
2. Involve family
Not only will you enjoy the process better, but you’ll probably get it all done faster if you make decorating a family affair. Invite your spouse or the kids to help you decorate and cherish the quality time you’ll get to spend together.
3. Make it festive
Do you find decorating a bit boring? Help yourself have more fun by playing festive music, setting out fun Christmas treats, or playing games.
4. Consider clutter
There’s a difference between really tasteful decorating and just plain cluttered decorating. Ask yourself, your family, or your friends to be honest about it. Cut back on your decorations if they detract more than they add to your home.
5. Evaluate your attitude
If thinking about decorating your home for Christmas just makes you want to pull your hair out, then maybe you have too many decorations or you have set your goals too high. You don’t want decorating to cause you stress.
6. Don’t use every last decoration
Perhaps you are particularly short on time or space this year. Or maybe you like the idea of rotating your decorations on a cycle so you have different things out each season without having to buy anything new. No matter your reason, it’s okay to not put everything out.
7. Keep in mind that everything you put out now has to be taken down later
Most people like the decorating process much more than the undecorating process. Knowing what’s ahead, you should be sure to consider carefully how much you decorate.
8. Safety first
Last but not least, keep safety in the front of your mind at all times. Don’t risk your life hanging treacherous Christmas lights on the front of your house during a blizzard and be careful not to create any fire hazards with your indoor decorations. It’s all common sense, but sometimes it’s easy to overlook.
Have you decorated your home yet for Christmas? Do you have any tips or special traditions you’d like to share?