The tree is trimmed, lights glowing. Packing away the storage boxes is easy, but what do you do with all those little bulbs and fuses? They wander the house, constantly underfoot--until you need one.
Keep holiday decor supplies close at hand with this simple, sneaky solution: an under-tree storage box. Select a pretty holiday gift box with a removable lid. Put all fuses, replacement light bulbs and extra ornament hooks inside the box, add a gift bow and slide it beneath the tree.
Next time you need to replace a light bulb or add a new ornament to the tree, grab the box. It'll hold--and hide--all the holiday supplies you need.
The weekend after Thanksgiving is a time when many families begin decorating for the Christmas season. Will you bring out the holiday decor today?
Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun--unless you must dig them out from under last year's storage chaos. Burned-out lights, broken ornaments, and scattered packaging can dampen anyone's decor spirit.
This year, lay a good foundation for years to come. As you open stored decorations, assess the state of holiday decor. Will you need to replace lights, candles or garlands? Add the new items to a shopping list for post-season clearance sales, and make notes of any items that will be retired this year.
As you unpack, take a look at decor storage containers. Have they held up to the job? Are they easy to stack? If new storage boxes are in order, begin looking out for them as you shop for the season.
Are new decorations in order? Check out these tips to decorate for the season ... frugally:
Driving to work or school today, it's hard to avoid the splattered remains of Jack O'Lantern on the street--and the bowl of Halloween candy is looking mighty picked over after the week's Trick-or-Treaters. Time for a decor swap!
Tuck Halloween-specific decorations into a box, and replace them with Autumn or Thanksgiving-themed items to keep holiday decorations looking fresh and timely.
When it comes to holiday decorating, less can be more! To save time and cut holiday stress, simplify holiday decorating by following the decorating Rule of Three!
To bring a festive feeling to any home--and do it simply--put your decorating focus on the Big Three elements of holiday decor:
Living Area Focal Point
So long as you have a wreath on the front door, decorations on the mantel (or a holiday tablescape on a living area tabletop), and a Christmas tree, you've covered holiday decorating basics ... for a simpler, stress-free holiday season.
With autumn in full swing (and Halloween on the horizon), seasonal decorating will soon be underway. Do you know where your holiday decorations are?
While hauling out the jack-o-lanterns and Thanksgiving turkeys, make an informal inventory of Christmas holiday decor. Reason? If you know what you have, you'll immunize yourself from impulse buying as the season progresses--and you'll pick up any needed items in good time to decorate for Christmas.
To "shop at home first", record holiday decorations with a free printable decorations inventory form.