The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the holidays are right around the corner. Our initial thought is to panic and think about all of the work around the house that has to be done; working within a deadline and a budget can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be!
Here are some tips on how to deck the halls without breaking the bank at the mall:
1. Pick a theme
Make a list of things that you are missing and stick to it. This is crucial in saving your money and time when it comes to holiday decor shopping. If your theme is blue and silver for instance, you won’t be tempted to come home with anything out of that realm.
2. Set a time limit
It’s a lot easier to get everything done at once and have it look uniform than to spread out the decorating over several days. Throw on Mariah Carey’s holiday hits, warm up some apple cider and make an afternoon out of it. If you are planning on purchasing a real Christmas tree, be sure to buy it sometime in December as they do wear out and shed. Fraser Fir trees are a preferred real tree option as their needles can withstand the weight of decorations, they do not shed as quickly as other options and omit a light and pleasant aroma.
3. Use what you have
You definitely don’t have to buy new for every single holiday season, pick through what you have and make a keep pile and a donate pile. Sentimental items, even if they don’t play into your theme well, are important and should be showcased front and centre as the holidays are all about spending time with loved ones.
4. Use your space wisely
A space that is cluttered with decorations and not so easy way to get around isn’t doing anyone any favours. If you don’t have a fireplace to hang stockings, make a makeshift one on the walls or going down a staircase. If you don’t have an appropriate doorway to house your menorah, a window front is a great alternative. Leave room in the centre of your space for guests to gather and be mindful of any little ones or pets that can grab sharp or dangerous objects.
5. Make your space as cosy as possible
The holidays are important for bringing a sense of community and gathering with loved. Make your house as welcoming as possible by using things like candles, string lighting and freshly baked goods to scent your home. Utilizing a mix of textures is a great tool as well — think velvet, plush throw pillows and soft blankets — anything to cosy up to. This will keep both guests and yourself more at home and comfortable regardless of what the weather is like outside.
We hope that these tips ensure that you and your family and friends have a stress free and Happy Holiday Season.