Every year after Thanksgiving I trudge up the attic and get down a few boxes of Christmas decorations. Once I start getting everything out, I always say to myself,
“Surely I can have less of this stuff!”
I feel guilty if I don’t set it all out, which creates unneeded stress. By the end of the decorating endeavor, I’m worn out and dread packing it back up and hauling it back into the attic after the New Year.
If holiday decorating and having loads of decorations is fun for you, by all means do it!
I’ve just realized in the past couple years, Christmas decorating is the last thing that should stress me out. I’d rather be doing other things with my time and space in my home!
Here are my ideas for decorating for the holidays easily.
I’m probably not going to give up my artificial Christmas tree I scored on clearance a few years ago. But here are some ideas on how to make putting up a tree easier.
Ribbon is lightweight, packs small, and can be used year to year. It can be used a million ways, and there’s all sorts of styles to choose from. You can make bows or swags and adorn about anything for a festive look. It can eventually be downgraded to use for outdoor decor, gift wrapping, or cat toys if you tire of it.
Ribbons are also great decorations for Christmas trees. They make a tree look nice and you can get away with using less ornaments.
2. Garlands & Buntings
I love pom pom, felt, or beaded garlands. They can be strung across windows, mantles, doorways, the wall, bed, grumpy grandpa, or anything else that needs a little cheer. They’re lightweight and you don’t have to be too careful when putting them away in storage as long as it doesn’t tangle.
Fabric or paper buntings are easy to make and also pack flat for easy storage. Paper ones can easily be recycled!
3. Anything that stores flat
Any type of decoration that stores flat is a winner! Flags or outdoor signs are easy to store flat and stacked on top of each other.
4. Fabric pieces
Many natural decorations are only going to be good for one season, so there won’t be the need to store them.
Transition decorations or items you already have into a holiday decoration. Simply adding ribbon, or placing red/green/white or silver/blue/gold items together makes it festive instantly.
I hate storing gift wrap! I much rather purchase it as I need it or wrap a present with things I already have. Here are some ideas to keep gift wrap to a minimum after the season is over.
When shopping or decorating for the holidays, think of items that can also serve as a winter decoration after the holidays are over. Items in neutral tones or blue colors do this well!
Instead of spending so much time and worry decorating, just simply enjoy the holidays!
‘Hygge’: a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
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