Ways to Simplify Holiday Decorations

As we put away our Halloween decorations, my mind jumps to our Christmas decorations. Well really, the stores have had Christmas decorations in them for a few weeks, right along side the Halloween candy it seems. My mother had a few, simple decorations; but instead of following suit, somewhere along the way, ours got out of control. Actually, I can pinpoint exactly when that started.

Early in our marriage, we attended a church service where the deacon talked about how his wife would completely transform their home for the holidays. Their every-day decor would be replaced by holiday items, and he just loved coming home to the transformation.

Since this coincided with the first Christmas in our new home, I latched on to that idea full force and over the years made, and acquired, enough holiday decorations to completely transform our home for the holidays. I sewed curtains, scoured craft fairs, and accepted all the holiday-themed presents people wanted to give for my December birthday and Christmas.

Each year, I would unpack all the holiday boxes and repack them with our every-day decor. Christmas tablecloths, pictures, dishes, my Santa collection, elves I made, clocks, and of course ornaments, were all set up around the house.

One year, I noticed how clean the house looked when I put all the holiday decorations away and I finally got tired. Tired of the packing and unpacking, and also tired of how cluttered the house looked with all the decorations. The first year after this revelation involved the biggest purge, and I continue to cull through the boxes each year.

What I have learned to help simplify our holiday decorations:

Find decor that matches your current color theme

I would replace everything down to the curtains and blankets in each room so that it all matched the decorations. Our kitchen is normally blue and white, which doesn't match red, so all the kitchen decor went in a box. The towels, clock, centerpiece, canisters, coffee mugs - all of it. I finally realized that blue and white matches snowflakes and snowmen, so now our kitchen stays blue and white, with added touches of snowflakes or matching ornaments. Likewise, our living room furniture had burgundy in it, so I use the gold and white decorations in there instead of red and green.

Only keep items that make you smile

Critically look at each item as you unwrap it from the box and see if it makes you smile as these Halloween decorations do. Do you recall a fond memory when you look at it? Do you admire its uniqueness and spontaneity? Does it remind you of someone special? These are the reasons to keep a decoration, they make the holidays special.
Don't let guilt drive your decisions

As painful as it is to give away items, there is always a little extra quilt when the item was a gift. As I mentioned, with a December birthday, I received extra holiday decorations. Many were things I would have never bought myself; however, in my desire to transform our home, I accepted everything. Now, I as I take each item out of the box, I evaluate if it is something I truly want to keep.

Be Flexible with Decorations

Each year that I used the full blown holiday decorations, everything had a specific spot and it rarely varied. As we began to eliminate some decorations, I started moving things around and actually found that I liked some of the new locations better. A good way to open you mind is to let other family members set out the decorations, as they may seen things from a different perspective. My husband does more of the decorating these years and each year he puts things in new places which make them fresh and noticeable (I have to admit some decorations I just didn't "see" anymore.)

Are you starting to get stressed just thinking about holiday decorations and all the work and preparation involved? Are you looking for more ways to simplify your holiday season? Check out this course to help you slow down and savor the holidays.

What’s included:

The opportunity for you to invite a friend to participate in the course as well – for absolutely free! What better gift to give someone you love this season than the chance to Savor the Holidays with you and help to spread the joy?

Inspiration in your inbox on a daily basis throughout the 21 days of the course.Each email will include the lesson of the day, which will guide you through simple and quick steps for how to truly slow down and enjoy each aspect of the holiday season. You can expect actionable tips that will include both mindfulness techniques, as well as a bit of fun and whimsy 

A PDF workbook with all 21 lessons right at your finger tips, so you can work at your own pace if you choose or reference them again long after the course has ended.

Course and order details:


Upon ordering, you will immediately receive the PDF workbook containing all 21 lessons in your inbox.

The first lesson email will not be sent to your inbox until November 27, 2015. Since the workbook includes the lessons in their entirety, you may use the workbook as your guide to work through the course at your own pace OR choose to follow the suggested course dates with the guided emails that will run from November 27th-December 17th. It is entirely up to you!


The course is currently available for the low price of $7.50 up until November 16th, when the price will then be increased to $9.50.

Both prices include the opportunity to invite a friend to participate for free if you would like. 

Enjoy the holidays this year, slow down and savor them!