This is great, of course, but you don't yet know where to start and how to decorate it.
And that’s where this list of Christmas decorating tips comes in!
Following these tips will help to ensure that you have all things decorating covered by the time the big day rolls around – without lots of stresses in the process.
Ready? Let’s go…
TIP #1 – KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE
It’s always a good idea to make a list of everything you have – or take pictures.
Then, at the end of each Christmas when you take everything down, you can mark off anything that has broken or needs replacing ready for next year – while it’s fresh in your head.
This means that you can also take advantage of the January sales for buying anything that’s needed.
It pays to get ahead with decorations, so if you haven’t already got a list, then start one this year – you won’t regret it!
TIP #2 – LESS IS MORE!
Remember that you don’t have to go overboard with decorations to make an amazing impact at this time of year.
Think about the rooms that you will be socialising in in your home, and focus on these first. Then look at having 1-2 key items in the room that will make a real statement instead of lots of little things that will just end up cluttering the space.
If you have the tree in one room – that’s probably enough! – otherwise you will be drawing the eyes away from this…
Maybe have a garland around the fireplace or up the stair bannisters – or display all your Christmas cards on one wall – whatever you choose, these will look great and make the room just festive enough!
TIP #3 – DON’T BLOW THE BUDGET
Ideally you will have a list of what decorations you already have, and know what broke or needs replacing by the end of the last year. You should always do this straight after so that you are only packing away what you buy decorations AFTER Christmas to take advantage of the January sales – but if you haven’t done that then don’t blow the budget on what you want.
You can either spend less, or buy less – but stick to whatever you can afford and make it go as far as possible…
TIP #4 – CHOOSE A SCHEME/THEME AND STICK TO IT
Having some sort of theme within your decorations will look amazing, tie each room together, and enable you to use decorations in different rooms over the years for a change.
I like to stick to 2-3 colours – and then I know when I see new decorations what will and won’t make a nice addition to the collection.
TIP #5 – CLEAN THE HOUSE FIRST
I know, I know – the very last thing you are probably wanting to do before you start decorating for Christmas is to do a thorough clean, but trust me, it’s worth it.
Think about it. The decorations for most people are up for around a month – and they can take over a lot of surfaces when they are up.
This makes it almost impossible to clean these surfaces for 1/12 of the year….
If you clean thoroughly beforehand, then things won’t look as bad when it comes to the day you take them all down.
You don’t want to be forced into cleaning straight away after Christmas, I’m sure!
TIP #6 – REMEMBER SCALE WHEN CHOOSING A TREE…
Don’t buy a tree that’s too large for your home – measure the space before you go shopping! – that’s width as well as height…
Trees always look much smaller when they are outside or in big stores – but can all too easily take over your home if you get it wrong.
TIP #7 – FAKE CAN WORK WELL
Work out whether you really need/want a real tree or whether fake can work just as well for you.
Fake trees look great nowadays and can save a lot of money over the years (before you buy ensure you have somewhere to store it first!).
TIP #8 – CHECK TREE LIGHTS BEFORE PUTTING THEM ON THE TREE
Check tree lights are working before you put them on the tree – they are much easier to fix at this stage.
TIP #9 – GET THE KIDS INVOLVED
I love to let my daughter help with decorating the tree, and she has her own nativity scene that she sets up each year as well (making fake hay and everything lol!).
Getting the kids to help is a fantastic tradition, however much you want them involved…. (I refer to the classic FRIENDS episode where Monica lets everyone decorate the tree, and then turns it around to reveal the side that she has decorated perfectly! – if this sounds like you, then why not get a tree for the kids to do and a ‘grown up’ tree for you!).
TIP #10 – USE BAUBLES IN A DIFFERENT WAY
If you have lots of baubles that have lost their hooks/string (it happens a lot!), and don’t have the time to fix, then they can make a great table centrepiece when put in a large glass bowl.
TIP #11 – CREATE A WELCOME OUTSIDE AS WELL
When decorating, don’t forget about outside the house – adding lights makes all the difference at this time of year.
We started using battery operated lights on our trees last year and I totally love them. I especially love that you can set them on a timer so they come on and turn off automatically. It made a lovely feature at the front of the house.
TIP #12 – BUY SOMETHING EACH YEAR TO CREATE A COLLECTION
I love the tradition of adding a little each year to the decorations.
Of course, there are things that break and need replacing – but I’m talking about something like getting a new bauble for the tree each year (great for the kids to choose a special one as these create memories), or a larger item (helpful for spreading the cost over the years).
FINALLY– TAKE PHOTOS TO REMEMBER
Take photos of how you decorate this year, then you can easily replicate next year
This can also help when it comes to thinking about what you may need to buy the following year, because you will be able to see what was missing in the photos.
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