Who said holiday decorating has to be stressful?
Here are 10 design tips that I have used myself that will help you get the results you want- and help you enjoy the process!
- Decide which rooms you will be spending the most time in. Focus on these rooms. If those areas are decorated well, you don’t have to worry about the rest.
- Draw a quick outline of those rooms. Showing furniture, fireplace, etc. and where you want to place the tree
- Make a list on the plan of what needs to be done in each room (i.e. move chair, wreath above fireplace, garland on staircase)
- Check you inventory – Know what you HAVE (will be using), know what you NEED (make a list), TRY to get all shopping done at one time
- Create a decorating “schedule” that works for your lifestyle and schedule. If you area a “night owl” schedule a few hours each night (after the kids have gone to bed) to implement your plan. Break your schedule into parts so it can be implemented over the course of 7 days & you can see the progress.
- Do not attempt to do it all yourself, delegate! Involve your family in your plan.
- Get “Core Decorating” done first. Move the necessary furniture, get the tree up, get tree lighting done- then have fun with the details!
- Edit. Less is more. REALLY! We have all seen rooms that are “too much”. Isn’t simpler better? Less time, effort- less to put away after the holidays. More time with family and friends
- Have Fun! Enjoy the process, put on music that you enjoy, sing, relish the memories that have been made- and that you will be making
- If you are overwhelmed- Barter! Have a friend who is really good at decorating… and loves it? Ask for help. Are you a great baker? Barter your treats with your friend… you will both benefit!
Most importantly- enjoy the process and take time to enjoy the true meaning of the holiday season