It may be too early to do any actual decorating for Christmas, but now is the time to get ready! Avoid supply delays and shortages and stress-filled holidays by starting to prepare right now.
I know, I know, I know that it’s too early for the majority of us to start our Christmas decorating (we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet!), but now is the time to be thinking ahead!
That is especially true this year because of the plethora of supply delays and shortages that are so prevalent right now. I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I saw it coming and actually put my plans for each room together in July and began ordering any new Christmas decor items that I wanted in early August. And yes – I have run into delays and out of stock problems on some of my items.
Maybe you won’t be into decorating for a few more weeks, but if you’ll do a few things now, you’ll have a merry Christmas instead of a harried and stressful Christmas!
By the way, I have a handy Christmas decorating timeline available that will guide you through decorating your home (from planning to fully decorated) in 3 weeks. My Christmas checklist planner will allow you to create a festive home by breaking the process down into weekly manageable steps. I’m happy to make it available to my newsletter subscribers for free! Get it by clicking HERE.
MAKE A MASTER PLAN FOR EACH ROOM
I’m doing something new this year that I’ve never done before and I’m excited by how much time it has already saved me!
I simply created a Word document for each room that I will be decorating and listed all of the different areas that I want to decorate within the room, including the theme or colors that I want to go with.
Once I completed my plan for a room, I was able to make of list of any items that I needed to purchase to bring my vision to life. I even printed a few inspiration pics to help remind me of what I had in mind when I was putting my plan together.
I know for a fact what a timesaver it has been because I’ve already decorated one room for Christmas as I have a magazine shoot coming up in a few weeks, so I start decorating even earlier than I normally do. My “planner” isn’t anything fancy at all, but is something that each one of you could easily do!
By using this idea, I was able to go into my Christmas storage, pull out exactly what I needed and decorate the entire room in about half the time that it normally takes me.
TAKE STOCK OF YOUR DECORATIONS
Now that you have a plan, take stock of the decorations that you already own. Christmas decorations are kind of like rabbits – they multiply and it’s easy to forget about things that you already have.
Now’s a great time to purge too, which will save you time later when you’re ready to actually put those decorations up. And while you’re at it, go ahead and check for any broken ornaments or lights that need replacing.
This post will give you some great ideas for organizing and sorting your Christmas decor – even some of the more awkward things like wreaths, ribbon, pillows and garlands.
MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE
No matter when you actually start to make your Christmas gift purchases, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor if you’ll make a list of everyone you need to buy for and how much you want to spend on each person.
My daughter keeps a running list on her phone anytime she thinks of the perfect gift for someone or if one of her daughters happens to mention something that they’d love for Santa to bring. How many times have we all thought of the perfect gift and then forgotten about it later?
WRAP GIFTS AS YOU PURCHASE THEM
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been caught at the very last minute trying to get all of your gifts wrapped at once. Or how about waiting until you have so many gifts to wrap, that it takes you hours and becomes a chore. Where’s the joy in that?
I’m totally guilty of both of these “offenses”, but I finally realized there was a much better and more pleasurable way to enjoy my gift giving. These days, I do my best to determine which wrapping papers and ribbons I’m going to use that year and wrap my gifts as I go.
If you’ll use gift wrap that coordinates with your tree and the rest of the decor, the gifts will actually become part of the decorations!
INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY
I admit it – it’s super easy for me to get caught up in making ALL the Christmas plans and doing ALL of the decorating myself and then directing everyone what to do and when. When that happens, I usually wind up being too practical and missing out on some of the Christmas “magic”.
Involving the rest of my family, including the small children, in the plan making makes Christmas more enjoyable for everyone – myself included!
This picture is from several years ago, but it’s still one of my favorites. Gotta love the fake smile on my youngest granddaughter – lol!
MY DAUGHTER, SON IN LAW AND THE GRANDS
What tips do you have for avoiding stress-filled holidays?