- Quick to set up, quick to take down - There are still only so many hours in a day and it isn't going to change for the season!
- Keep it cheap - I'll give to a good cause instead of paying big bucks for decorations. The method is to shop the end of season sales. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.
- Incorporate Nature - greens, pine cones, berries, etc.
- Avoid Kitschy - This one I will break for something that catches my fancy but I prefer decorations that add holiday spirit without being curtsey.
- Tradition and family trumps all - even things that don't match my style. The ornaments my kids made for me go on the tree. The special decor from family is used.
- Keep storage in mind - I do have some storage space so this isn't a strong rule but I truly appreciate holiday decor that folds flat, stores small.
How do I meet these guidelines?
Here is what I did today - Christmas balls. No secret I love spheres and have blogged a lot about them. I have large tub of Christmas balls purchased at the end of the season when they are close to free. I scatter them through out the house....
Nine hang from my candelabra.....
In the evening, with the candles lit, it truly glows.
I fill clear bowls with a variety of colors and sizes and place them around the house....
I fill cylinders with balls and place them in tight spots to add a touch of the holiday spirit....
Yes, even the bathroom needs a little sparkle.
All this takes about fifteen minutes to set up and fifteen minutes to take down in January. They do take space to store but I just put them in plastic grocery bags all gathered together in a Rubbermaid Storage Tub placed at the top of the garage until next year. Even the mice don't bother them!
Previous Posts of Interest
©2011 Ashbee Design, Marji Roy