Out With the Old
Halloween has come and gone – now we’re really getting into the heart of the holiday season. What better way to prepare and get excited for what’s to come than by bringing out the Thanksgiving decor? Don’t get too hasty, though; you’ll want to make sure you don’t cause extra work for yourself next Halloween!
Clean Your Decorations
Since your inflatables and lawn ornaments were likely in the rain a couple of times, don’t forget to clean any surfaces. The worst thing to discover next year would be moldy decorations that cannot be used! Pack away your items once they are clean and dry so that nothing spooky grows on them in the next eleven months.
Do you have a favorite “look” or piece that grabs the most attention? Take a few minutes to consider what you might need to replace before next year. If you end up making a run to your local superstore, take a peek at the decorations that might be going on sale – this is the perfect time of year to stock up on the foam, paper, and fiber items that don’t last more than one season.
Pack With Intention
Whatever time you spend organizing today will help you get your decorations up faster next year. Keep items for the same holiday together, certainly; consider also keeping lights together, inflatables together, and so on. Don’t forget to label any closed boxes so that you immediately know what’s inside – this will take the guesswork out of next year’s chores (and eliminate the need to organize your basement or attic every few years).
In With the New
What’s more exciting than starting to plan your set-up on a fresh, clean slate? Get the whole family in on the project by involving them in the planning stage, too. The more they get to add personal flair, the more likely they will be to enjoy helping you!
Interior and exterior decorating are, unquestionably, art forms. Even if you don’t think you have an eye for decoration, you can still bring some festivity into and around your home. Gather inspiration from sources like home magazines and Pinterest; save ideas you like, and figure out ways to recreate the vibe from what you like most. The more detailed you get about your plan, the more quickly you will be able to pull off the whole look!
Keep it Organized
As you bring up your decorations, take stock of what you have, and what you might need to purchase. Tips and tricks from our previous article on decorating for Halloween can help you with any holiday you choose to decorate for! For many homeowners and decoration enthusiasts, maintaining good organization is the ultimate tool in making this process go smoothly.
Enjoy the Process
Decorating isn’t meant to be stressful or overly time-consuming. If you start to feel stressed or pressured into decorating your home, take a step back and ask yourself if you’re simply doing too much! This is a season of giving and thankfulness; take this time to be with your family and friends. Perhaps you could even throw a harvest decoration party with some baked goods for those that come to help.