Martha Stewart and other domestic goddesses have set a very high standard when it comes to decorating for the holidays. But going full Martha Stewart Christmas in your home will not only cost a small fortune, but it can suck up hours and hours of your precious time that you should be spending with family during the holidays. The downside to holiday decorating is that it can have the opposite effect of ruining the Christmas spirit rather than creating cheer. Here are some tips for avoiding all of that this year.
Ditch the Christmas-oriented décor
The problem with Santa Clause decorations and similar Christmasy-themed items is that you can’t possibly display them any other time of the year. That means that every single item has to come down out of the attic after Thanksgiving, and get packed away and stored back in the attic after January 1st. That’s a lot of work for just one month of being able to admire it. Of course every family is bound to have a few things that are just for Christmas but you can also decorate in such a way that you can incorporate some of those design elements year-round, or at least through the entire winter season. Snowflakes, light-up villages, and trains are great decorations that can stay out past Christmas. Silver and gold are great colors for the holidays and they are easier to work with year-round than Christmasy reds and greens.
Have fun and work with what you have
Don’t let the high standards set by your neighbors dictate what you have to do for the holidays. Can’t afford hundreds of dollars and hours of your time to extravagantly decorate your home and yard with Christmas lights and animatronic reindeer that are just going to clutter your attic 11 months out of the year? Do as one creative homeowner did and string up a single strand of lights and have a Grinch cutout appear to be pulling it down. Don’t want to deal with the hassle of purchasing a Christmas tree only to have to drag it out to the curb a few weeks later? Put some lights, garland, and ornaments on a cactus you have already. Make Christmas decorating fun and let your décor express your personality, even it it’s a bit untraditional.
Minimal work and maximum results
When decorating for the holidays, choose the simplest projects that will still give you good results. New baseboard heater covers for your baseboard radiator system or inexpensive throws and pillows won’t drain your bank account and can give your home a completely new look this holiday season.