The glorious holiday season is upon us, and I want to confess something to you. I don’t really love decorating for Christmas. I do in theory, of course. But the actual decorating of all the things with small children underfoot: not for me. I find that by December 26th, I am itching to get it all taken down. And now there aren’t just Christmas decorations but also a slew of new toys. I become my own little “get all this stuff out of here before I lose it” Ebenezer Scrooge.
I feel suffocated.
Friends, this is no way to be merely one day after Celebrating the Birth of Christ!
BUT THIS YEAR I am trying a few things differently. I am preparing to prepare for Christmas. I am, as Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) calls it, quieting the house before we decorate it. And I can already see it helping.
Below are some things I am doing the week before we decorate. My next post will have some plans for decorating this year in order to minimize clutter (and the subsequent stress it brings) and maximize rest and enjoyment. So today I give you phase 1:
Put away any unnecessary things that are normally out and don’t bother you, but during the holidays are not necessary and will just add to the clutter. You can grab a bin and stick all of the items in it and then hide it in a closet or the garage, knowing you will unpack it again in the new year. Things such as:
*I know these changes seem super small and tedious, but they really do add up!
Go through the children’s toys and get rid of any that are broken, have missing pieces, or are no longer played with. If your children are older they can likely help you with this. If they are two, they will likely make it much harder to do. Trust me on that one.
Go through your Christmas decorations and decide two things:
Alright everyone! Those are three things I did this week to prepare for decorating for Christmas.
Hope you found this helpful, and please leave a comment if you have any other good ideas for pre-decorating!