Yes, you read that right! I know that Christmas is just a few days away. But you CAN start now and begin getting ready for Christmas… next year! Use these smart, simple, common sense tips to get a head start on Christmas 2018 and enjoy a little Christmas spirit all year long!
Today on our podcast Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking BEING BRAVE WHEN YOU DECORATE. What we mean is to do what YOU love and don’t get stuck! This is a very worthwhile and practical home decor episode!
Listen below to episode #138…
You can listen to any episode of DTT on the podcast app of your smartphone. Or go HERE to listen!
Today is Home Style Saturday. My blogging friends and I pull out the best of our archives to share again. This post was first published in 2014 and it is still as relevant as it was the first time around!!!
1. CHOOSE A COLOR THEME FOR NEXT YEAR
You might think that this is a little crazy, but if you decide now you can get great buys on wrapping paper, ribbon, gift tags, throws, wreaths… and all other sundries of Christmas! And Christmas looks so pretty when colors and patterns work together!
My colors for next year are red, light green and white. I can use the greens from this year’s Christmas and add lots of red decorations I already have!
2. BUY 3 DESIGNS OF WRAPPING PAPER… TOPS!
Don’t go overboard using different wrapping papers! Three designs are plenty.Two would even be great! If you get a kraft paper or white paper it can be used for more than Christmas! This year I bought a green and natural pillow ticking paper that I’ll use during the year!
I look for wrapping whenever and wherever I can find it. This year I’ll be looking for a great green paper, something natural and something with red in it.
3. COLLECT BOXES IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES
Make your gift wrapping easy! Put everything in a box. It’s easy to wrap a box. I collect boxes and put them in the basement. Some boxes, like Victoria’s Secret boxes last from year to year! One of our sons usually gets some manly thing in a Vicki’s box every Christmas morning!
4. BUY REAL RIBBON
This is a very economical tip when you think of it. Ribbon can be rolled up and used again and again! And how easy is it to tie a bow? Real ribbon also looks amazing! Since I have been on a black and white kick for the past 4 Christmases I have amassed a large quantity of black and white ribbon (all on sale). No need to buy more ribbon… I’ll just reuse what I have!
5. DESIGNATE A PLACE FOR NEXT YEARS GIFTS
Start the habit of buying for Christmas all year! And put the gifts in one place. I have learned the HARD WAY… there has always been a gift I can’t find until July or August! This year I’m designating a guest room closet to hold next years Christmas gifts. I just may wrap them all year too!
Here is my easy to do GIFT WRAPPING STATION! Lots of ways to make your holiday gift wrapping easy!
6. BUY CHRISTMAS THEMED GIFTS AND HOME DECOR RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS FOR NEXT YEAR
This is a fabulous, fun, time and money saving thing to do! Buy Christmas pillows, stockings, dishes, pj’s… anything that is Christmas themed now for next year. Stores have huge price reductions on Christmas items right after Christmas! Don’t wait until next fall… they will cost a whole lot more!
I’m looking for two Christmas duvets and euro shams! I’ve dreamed of having Christmas bedding for my bed for years!
7. THROW AWAY OR UPCYCLE TIRED AND WORN OUT DECOR
This is the year to really evaluate your Christmas decorations! Don’t put anything away that needs to go! Only keep the decorations you love and use!!! It’s time to get our Christmas decorations in order!
8. PUT AWAY ALL CHRISTMAS DECOR WITH NEXT YEAR IN MIND
Put the decorations that you need to find and use every year in a specially marked box. Like your tree skirt and stockings. I like to put out my manger scene first… so I keep it in a special box and know just where it is.
This is the voice of Christmas Past talking to you after years of searching the basement for that one special thing that I can’t find! Label everything and put all Christmas decor in smaller clear boxes so you can find everything!
9. START YOU CHRISTMAS DIY PROJECTS NOW AND WORK ON THEM ALL YEAR
The first of December is not the time to start that burlap ruffled tree skirt or a bejeweled stocking. Get an early start!
Here’s a great and easy Christmas DIY to do…make broken glass ornaments out of all the ornaments you break this year! See a tutorial HERE.
10 MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE
Keep a running “Christmas List”. Write down everything you buy (a year is a long time to remember). Make a list of things you need for next Christmas. Start a Pinterest board of all the great ideas you find. Write out your Christmas gift list early and work on it throughout the year!
With Christmas only a few of days away this post may seem a little… or a whole lot… premature! Enjoy the Christmas moment… and as soon as Christmas is over start preparing for Christmas next year!
Here’s what my blogging friends are sharing today…
You may want to pin this to your Christmas Pinterest board. Follow me on Pinterest HERE and see what I’m ideas I’m pinning for next Christmas!