I love a celebration! I think American culture celebrates far too little. I try to infuse a little celebration into everyday if I can. So is it any surprise that I really enjoy “dressing my house” for different holidays? Of course, most people decorate for Christmas but I really like bringing some holiday flare to the less appreciated holidays too. But, you know what I don’t like, extra work and extra stuff to store. So here are my tips for developing your holiday decorating style:
Invests in Basics
Start thinking of your holiday décor like a capsule wardrobe. For example, rather than storing a table cloth for every holiday, pick a versatile red table cloth to use for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, the Fourth of July and other patriotic holidays. Have a small selection of glassware such as jars and vases that can be repurposed for each holiday. Pick plates that can be used year-round and can be mixed and match to suit the holiday. I love my Fiestaware for this very reason, we have three core colors and then a variety of serving pieces that all can be switched around to match whatever look I want for my table.
Make a Strategy
Rather than just picking up individual holiday décor items haphazardly, develop a system of decorating. Some options include always putting up a seasonal wreath on your front door, or switching out a sign in your entryway depending on the holiday. I really enjoy having kitchen towels for each holiday. They really add a pop to the kitchen and they save some wear and tear on my normal towels. If you know that you always put something for each season in a certain spot, it helps you make informed decisions about what to purchase. It also limits how many items you bring into your home and streamlines the decorating and de-decorating process.
Pick a Focal Point
If you really enjoy decorating and have the time. I recommend picking a focal point that gets changed over each season. This might by your table centerpiece or a buffet in your dining room or your mantel. Whatever you choose, pick something that’s in an area where you’ll see it regularly. Don’t pick a spot that’s in the formal part of the house you rarely use. If you’re going to the effort to decorate, put it somewhere you will enjoy.
Make sure you store all your holiday items for a particular holiday in the same area. If you spilt things up, it’s easy to lose track of what you have and forget to put something out or end up repurchasing something similar because you forgot you already owned an item. I also recommend having a place to store the most recently retired holiday items where it’s easy to access. We always find a holiday item just after we’ve put the box away high up in the storage room. If you can hold off on long term storage of those items for a week or two, you have a chance to collect any rouge objects.
What do you do to spruce your home for the holidays? Do you like to decorate or is it just a chore? Have you already implemented any of these techniques? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check back for more Valentine’s Day fun in the weeks to come!
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