More Joy, Less Stress

When do you typically decorate your house for Christmas, before or after Thanksgiving? That seems to be the question of the day every year about this time. With the flip of the calendar from October 31st to November 1st, the candies and costumes of Halloween quickly fade away as our focus shifts to turkey and dressing, Christmas gifts, photos with Santa and of course, decorating our homes. Regardless of your personal timing choice, decking the halls can bring stressors that threaten to steal the joy of the season. Here’s a few practical tips to lower your stress and increase your joy as you decorate your home during the holidays:

  • THINK about what you would like to do. Do you intend to display one tree or five? How many tablescapes do you want? Will both the interior and exterior of your home be included? Asking yourself a few basic questions will help guide you.
  • SCHEDULE time. This may be stating the obvious but in today’s hustle and bustle world, we literally need to make appointments with ourselves to do the things that are important to us. Pick your date(s) and commit to it. Ask your family to support you (and help you as needed). I scheduled 1 1/2 firm days with a 1/2 tentative day to finish up if needed.
  • PACE yourself. Admittedly, this can be hard for me but I make myself do it. Here’s my DAY 1 (one afternoon, about four hours):
    • Gather all Fall décor into a central location
    • Retrieve Fall storage containers from the attic, pack décor and return to the attic (labeling is key)
    • Retrieve Christmas storage containers from the attic and place in central location
    • Sort through each container and organize contents as follows:
      • USE THIS YEAR
      • USE IN THE FUTURE BUT NOT THIS YEAR
      • NEVER USE AGAIN (GIVEAWAY OR THROW AWAY)
    • Wash, dry and fold seasonal linens (those cute little kitchen towels, pot holders and guest towels)
    • Freshen seasonal decorative pillows (Febreeze works great)
    • Make a list of items to be repaired/replaced
    • Begin working on formal dining table and formal living coffee table
      • Iron napkins, tablecloths, etc as needed
      • Gather formal china and crystal dinner/stemware

My DAY 2 (about eight hours with breaks) consisted of completing two tablescapes (dining and breakfast), formal living area and displaying various décor in the guest bathroom, family room, and kitchen. During this time my husband and daughter retrieved the tree from the attic, assembled and fluffed it just in time for me to join my daughter for ornament placement.

Decorating for Christmas doesn’t have to be an overwhelming, dreaded task. It should and can be joyous and without an exorbitant amount of stress. With a few intentional, organizational practices, we can truly enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

Want to know more or still stressed and simply want someone to take care of it for you? I’m happy to help! Call or email me and let’s chat.

Published by Southern Inspirations

Living and loving life in the South and inspiring others to do the same!

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