69 Days to Christmas! Decorate for Halloween!

If you haven't done so already, it's time to decorate for Halloween! Jack O'Lanterns and black cats set the stage for a spooky good time as Halloween approaches.

To keep seasonal decorating changes simple, use solid-color or generic fall decor for the bulk of the decorations. Tuck a few Halloween-specific items into the mix this week.

After the big night has come and gone, they're easy to remove and replace with Thanksgiving decorations. Keep decorating simple to keep the focus on the good times!

78 Days to Christmas! Focus on the Decor Big Three

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:

  • Front Door
  • Living Area Focal Point
  • Christmas Tree

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.

79 Days to Christmas! Tidy Decor Storage Areas

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 a quick spot check of storage locations for Christmas decor.  How easy will it be to find and access decorations later in the season?

If needed, spend a few minutes now to organize holiday decor storage.  A quick tidy of decoration storage areas can help locate seasonal stragglers, make room for new purchases, and save time.  

As you decorate for Autumn, think ahead ... and get organized.

80 Days to Christmas! Simplicity Tips for Autumn Decorating

It's Autumn ... and seasonal celebrations abound! Will you decorate your home to celebrate the coming of fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving?

Think "simplicity" when it's time to decorate for fall holidays. When selecting decorations, choose solid colors (green, gold, red) and general themes ("pumpkins", not "Jack-o-Lanterns") that can multitask throughout the Autumn months. By keeping the background items simple and basic, it's easy to swap out smaller, more holiday-specific items for a fresh look.

For example, a gold tablecloth graces October's stacked apples, then serves as a base for Halloween's candy-corn table runner. After October 31, roll up the runner and substitute small pilgrim candles. Come December, replace the centerpiece with a colorful mound of shiny glass ornaments in a clear bowl. Easy!

81 Days to Christmas! Plan Holiday Decor Shopping

Holiday decorations! For many families, Christmas trees, centerpieces and collections take a starring role during the season ... but do you have a plan?

Even when it comes to Christmas, planning pays! Investing in holiday decorations on-the-fly can lead to clashing themes and "what was I thinking?" purchases.

Starting today, invest a few minutes planning holiday decor to keep it sane and suitable.  Free printable decorations planners can help, so check in at the Christmas Printables library for printable decor inventory and planning forms.  

Know what you have before you buy ... for an organized Christmas.

82 Days to Christmas! Declutter Before You Decorate

Thinking about seasonal decor? Get ready! The decoration tide sweeps in with October's falling leaves, breaks against Halloween's goblins, and is streaming full-force by Thanksgiving's turkeys and pilgrims. Come Christmas, the average home is drowning in tinsel.

Do your visual field a favor: declutter tables, counters, mantels, shelves and the entire surface of your refrigerator before you decorate your home for Autumn holidays.

Using a sturdy box, corral all knick-knacks, photos, decorative items and mismatched socks, and stow the box in a dark closet. Don't even bother to sort your stuff--you'll do that when you return the items after the New Year.

Clear surfaces make a house look clean--and your decorations will shine in solitary splendor when they don't have to compete with ashtrays in the shape of armadillos!