Though many people have their Christmas decorations up the day after Thanksgiving, some of us are still plodding along stringing lights and decorating the tree. Here are some tips for approaching holiday decorating in an organized fashion, to make the task less overwhelming. They can be applied to other holidays aside from Christmas, establishing an organized system year-round.
Step 1: Store holiday decorations in stackable and reusable containers. Those made from durable components like rubber or plastic are perfect. Label each container, listing the holiday and a brief description of contents. Prior to the respective holiday, remove the container for the old festivity and put away existing decorations. Get out the new holiday container, unpack, and decorate.
Step 2: It never fails that a holiday decoration “straggler” remains after the other items are stored. Designate an area in a closet to place this item so you don’t need to dive into the holiday storage bins.
Step 3: If re-decorating the whole home seems like too tall a task, pick key areas in which to display decorations. In many homes, these will be the living room, dining room, guest bathroom, kitchen, and guest bedroom. It is easy to add seasonal hand towels to the kitchen and bathroom. A festive table runner and placemats are nice additions to the dining room. Add garland and a few candles to the mantle or top of the entertainment center in the living room.
Step 4: Decorate the front door with a wreath, hang a flag or banner outside, and put some window clings on street-facing windows. These can be changed with the seasons or holidays, with little effort.
Step 5: Use colors that can apply to more than one season. For example, a red tablecloth is perfect for Christmas and it can remain on the table through Valentine’s Day.