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Extend the Usefulness of Your Holiday Décor

Posted on the 07 February 2013 by T_mackinnon @tedmackinnon

Holiday decorations make your home feel more festive. However, with so many different holidays occurring within only a few months, keeping up with the décor can become overwhelming. Fortunately, you can make things easier on yourself by learning to repurpose the same decorations for multiple occasions. Below are some tips to help you get started.

Choose basic items that can be easily customized

When you choose decorative items, try to find things that you can customize for each holiday. For example, you may purchase a plain wreath and then decorate it differently for each holiday. You can accomplish the same goal with a plain picture frame or a basic holiday tree. Simply change the embellishments to match each holiday or season, and you can prepare for the next holiday without taking anything down.

Make use of glass dishes

Glass dishes, such as bowls and platters, can be dressed up to reflect various seasons. During Christmas, for example, you can fill a bowl with red and green candies. At Easter, you can fill the same bowl with colorful Easter jellybeans or egg-shaped candies for a different effect. Platters can be used to display cookies, decorative orbs or other such items.

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Less is more

Don’t feel pressured to decorate every inch of your home during the holidays. Instead, create a few key focal points that can be changed easily as the holidays do, and let the rest of your home remain neutral. This strategy not only prevents clutter, it also drastically reduces your workload when you need to change decor from one holiday to the next.

Simplify as much as possible

Sift through your decorations to determine which pieces are your favorites, as well as which items can be used during multiple seasons. Throw away the pieces you don’t like, especially if they’re only useful for one specific holiday. For example, a snowman centerpiece that you dearly love can be used for both Christmas and the winter season that follows, while a Santa Claus head with a torn hat is probably better off in the dumpster.

Use smart storage solutions

One of the most frustrating parts about changing decorations is digging through all of your boxes to find the items you need. To save yourself some time, store each holiday’s decorations in one place. If you have customizable decor, such as plain wreaths or trees, store these items separately from everything else, along with the embellishments you will use to alter them for each season. Make sure that all of your items are easy to access. If possible, create a diagram of your storage space that indicates where everything is located in case you forget. You can also simplify the process by clearly labeling each box.

Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be stressful. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to celebrate all of the holidays during the year without losing your will to decorate (or live). By following these tips, keeping things simple and making smart decorating choices, you can keep your home looking festive without sacrificing your sanity.

Extend the Usefulness of Your Holiday Décor

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Brooke Samsonite has written 5 article(s) for EnvironmentGreen.com.

Brooke Samsonite (@brookesamsonite) is a twenty-something residing in Indianapolis who is inspired by Lifestyle & Entertainment, Home Décor /Home Improvement, Travel, and writing. Having only recently spread her always-fashionable wings and started freelance writing, Brooke loves to blog (over @ Belts & Bangles and Cooks & Travel Books) about her extensive experiences and offer valuable resources to inspire others.

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