Decorating for Christmas really is not as hard as it looks. But, there are some basic rules to follow in order to make it easy and worry free.
The living room, dining area, and guest rooms are the main areas you should be concerned with decorating for Christmas. If you focus on these then you will only need to put Christmas Cards up in one area of the house that you haven’t decorated either by tacking or taping them on a wall or back of a door that you normally keep closed. Over the season, be sure you always have Christmas cookies on hand in the kitchen and a Christmas welcome wreath or decoration on the outside of the door where people will arrive. This will alleviate stress when the unexpected Christmas visitor comes.
You have probably heard the saying “Less is More.” Well this is because it is better to have a few quality items rather than a whole bunch of junk everywhere. Stay away from overdecorating, it will prevent clutter and makes tidying and cleaning simpler.
The best time to start decorating for Christmas is around Halloween. So if you start early planning what your theme and color scheme will be, you will have enough time to buy what you need before the end of October gets here. Decorating early for Christmas puts you and your loved ones in the festive mood early on and leaves plenty of time for fun and family for the actual holidays.
The earlier you start shopping for the decorations that you want and need, the bigger variety you will find. And, in most cases, the better the prices will be. Make a list of the rooms you will decorate. Think about your theme and colors. Now start making a list of what you need for each room to have the perfect room or area. You may not know exactly what you want, but you have some idea. For example, you need new hand towels for the bathroom, but without looking around you do not know what’s available. You do, however, know what your color scheme is so you can start looking for hand towels with that color in them.
If you work with a decoration theme along with a color scheme when doing your Christmas decorating, it will pull everything together. Using consistent items from room to room will help. For example, if you use red and green garlands throughout the house this will allow you to keep a feeling of consistency.
Other theme ideas: nautical, kitchen, Victorian, patriotic, music, and nature. I have also seen people pull off Disney, winter wonderland, snowmen, and of course there’s Santa and his reindeer.
By starting early, I am sure that you too can find and buy at a fraction of the cost your own unique decorations to create a special theme and color scheme for the holidays leaving you plenty left over when it comes time for buying Christmas presents.