This is a throwback from 2 years ago when I launched the 6 Weeks to a Simple Holiday. This was part of the 4th week, but since it’s already December and many of us are starting our decorating, it’s a good time to embrace simple holiday planning! With only 21 days to go until Christmas, simple sounds good!
I believe in doing things in small increments…a little bit everyday, rather than trying to bang it all out at once. That is stressful and can feel overwhelming. Hopefully by now you have made your holiday binder, started some shopping and got the ball rolling on your holiday cards.
Today, we’re talking Decorating. I’m not going to tell you how to decorate for the holidays, but I am going to give you some tips about how to make it easier now, and for the years to come. Before you break out all the decorations (I know many of you have already decorated, but take notes anyway) really think through these tips. Throughout this week, I will give you some pointers for when you un-decorate this year, but for now…
Here is just a general checklist to run through when you are looking at your decorations:
*Each year decide what decorations you really LOVE to look at and treasure taking out of the box.
*Don’t keep something you don’t VALUE anymore. Donate it or gift to another family member.
*You don’t have to use all the decorations each year. Rotate some each year.
*Just because it’s Grandmas ornament doesn’t mean you have to keep it if you don’t LOVE looking at it.
*Toss out any trash or anything that you haven’t put out in 3 years. Chances are, you are hanging on to it because you think you might use it one Christmas. You probably won’t and unless it has sentimental value, give it away. You will free up space and make the season more hassle free.
*Big One: let go of things you don’t LOVE just because someone gave them to you. Let go of the fear that they will come over during the holidays and not see the decoration they gave you.
* Don’t buy more decorations at the end of season sales unless you NEED them, absolutely LOVE them AND have a specific place in mind for them.
*Organize decorations based on types:Ornaments, manger scenes, books, linens, garland, mantel decor, candles, etc
*Use plastic bins to organize decorations and label each one clearly. It’s best to purchase ornament boxes with the dividers for ornaments. They won’t get broken and they are easy to use.
And just as a reminder…