Tips for Planning Your Holiday Decor

Use these tips for planning your holiday decor to make the season easy and stress-free. Included are ways to organize everything in advance, and the free “Home for the Holidays” printable planner. 

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This is not the post I was going to publish today. I’m a planner, and I rarely alter schedules, or do anything spur-of-the-moment. However, I felt like I needed to get this information out in a more timely manner than I originally intended, so here I am!

When it comes to planning your holiday decor, the most important thing to remember is that nothing is written in stone, and that changes can be made. The second most important thing to know is that starting early will make the job much easier. I do 95% of my shopping online, but I recently ventured out to my local TJMaxx and Hobby Lobby. In both places, Christmas was in full bloom! The selection was wonderful, and the stores were not crowded. I decided now was the time to get the ball rolling. 

Planning Your Holiday Decor

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So when I got home, I began to plan. Planning your holiday decor is easy if you follow these four simple steps.

Inventory Your Existing Christmas Decor

It’s important to know what you have, so no unnecessary purchases are made. Take the time to look through your existing Christmas decorations. Mine were such a mess that I was inspired to reorganize, and in the process, I weeded out items I no longer wanted. I now know what I have, and it’s all in good shape. 

Choose Your Theme or Color Scheme

I like to do this each holiday season, but it’s not actually necessary. My Christmas decor always includes red, but the other colors vary from year to year. Last year I added navy blue, and I loved it. This year I’m craving a calmer and less cluttered look, so I am using mostly neutrals, with small pops of red. Fresh and faux greenery will also be everywhere. By narrowing down the colors, it makes spreading out your decor among your rooms a simple task.

Make a List

You’ve done your inventory, and you know what color(s) you will be using, so it’s time to make a list. Now is the time to shop for ribbon, wrapping paper, and ornaments. Decide if you need a new front door wreath, or if you can reuse an existing one. Decide if you are going to put up outdoor decor, and what, if anything, you will need. I’m a sucker for Christmas accessories, so I always get something new each year. This year, I ordered these darling galvanized buildings. There are a few different houses, a church, and a barn. The plan is to use them around my tabletop trees, but like I said, plans can change!

Assemble Your Items

Designate a spot somewhere in your home where you can gather all your Christmas decor items. I had a large, plastic bin that was empty after I reorganized, so I’m using that. When shipped items arrive, I can unpackage them, and drop them in the bin. My other bins of Christmas decor are right next to it in the basement, so everything is in one spot. 

Benefits of Planning Your Holiday Decor Early

  • You will avoid the frustration of finding just the right thing, only to find out that it’s unavailable. Most sites and stores are well-stocked now, but that won’t be the case next month. True story: last year, my daughter and I were shopping the first weekend in November. She wanted a new Christmas tree, and had picked one out at Hobby Lobby. When we went to purchase it, it was sold out. So don’t wait!
  • You can take your time executing your plan. The beauty of planning ahead is that it gives you priceless peace of mind. Time is a Christmas gift you can give yourself. Avoid the stress of rushing around at the last minute, spread out the tasks, and enjoy the process.
  • You will have the freedom to decorate when you feel most comfortable. Some people like to get their decor up well before Thanksgiving, while others feel it’s important to wait until Thanksgiving is over. No matter when you decide to put your plan into action, you will be ready. 

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The Home for the Holidays Christmas Planner for 2020

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On Sutton Place | Christmas 2020

I could not advise you on how to plan your holiday decor, if I didn’t actually do it myself. What follows are my ideas and plans for the coming holiday season.

  • The front porch: A door wreath made from fresh greenery, new pillows for the porch rockers, and a fresh doormat. I want to use small artificial evergreen trees in the planters, but I need to experiment with what I have. I also bought a vintage Flexible Flyer sled on eBay. I’m not exactly sure where it will end up, but I love it. Stay tuned!
  • The entry: simple faux greenery on the banister with lights and ivory bows.
  • The living room: new pillows for the arm chairs, small trees arranged with galvanized buildings on the dresser, greenery and pops of red on the shelves. I will also be reusing the red tartan plaid pillow covers from last year. They are sold out, but {HERE} is something very similar.
  • The dining room: a simple table runner with a centerpiece I’m working on for the November edition of 20 Minute Decorating.

I’m also planning a DIY felt ball garland tutorial, and a terra cotta pot craft. I loved the mod podge pots I made last spring, so I’m making more for Christmas. I’ll have both of these posts published in early November, so if you want to create your own, you will have plenty of time.

There will be brand new printable wall art and gift tags. I’ve had the most amazing graphics made exclusively for OSP subscribers, so you won’t find them anyplace else. Click {HERE} to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

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Additional links: striped tree ornaments | striped ribbon | ivory ribbon | natural small tree ornaments | plaid ribbon is currently sold out online, but may be available at a Hobby Lobby store.

I hope this has inspired you to begin the process of planning your holiday decor. Because of COVID, Thanksgiving and Christmas may be very different for some of us, but we can’t let that stop us from creating a festive atmosphere in our homes. This year, more than ever, we need to celebrate what we have, and be thankful that we are here to celebrate. Until next time…

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