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Five Ways To Plan Your Holiday Decor

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Five simple ways to plan your holiday decor and have plenty of time for all the other activities besides enjoying a stress-free holiday season. 

I know, I know... It's only the first week of November, and many of you are still munching on that Halloween candy and just starting to prepare for Thanksgiving! 

Starting early is perhaps one of the most critical aspects of all planning. 
DIY wooden planters flanking the door

I also love Thanksgiving, and I'm organizing my ideas for it and Christmas. Remember, it's all in the planning. You don't need to bring a single decor item inside your home if you don't want to yet. 

However, if you want to wait to decorate your home after Thanksgiving day (once you have eaten that turkey), you will know precisely the direction you want to take in the decor department because you planned for it.

Having that in mind, let's take a look at the five ways you can start planning for your holiday decor:

1. Take a look at the Christmas decor you already have.

Hey, you don't have to buy new stuff! 
Christmas wreaths on garage door

We usually have plenty of decorations, but we failed to take inventory of our decor, which led to caving into buying that one pretty wreath or the cutest snowman figure.

This is a great time to consider what decor pieces you want to bring back out or use differently.

Taking a look at the pictures of my holiday decor from previous years is something that has worked wonderfully for me. No need to unpack boxes or make a big mess.

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wood stored in metal bin

2. Think about a color scheme or theme for your holiday decor.

Having a color scheme or overall theme would simplify your decor, and it'll give your home a more cohesive look.

You can carry the same colors or theme from room to room.

The color scheme I use the most is the traditional red and green with gold accents. My family always expects the color red to be included.

When I tire of so much red the following holiday, I go for a neutral palette with lots of white and natural elements.

I also try to have an overarching theme. I once used the Christmas tree theme with little real and faux trees around the house. Another year, I filled the house with stars. You can also use snowmen, Santas, snowflakes, angels, etc.

window decor with wreath and babbles

3. Get into DIYs or Crafts

Starting early is always the best bet for a stress-free holiday season. Use any warm day in November to build and paint or stain those pretty Christmas decorations, as you don't want to be working outside and possibly enduring the harsh weather that will set up soon. 

Some DIYs I've built for the holidays include this Christmas stocking holder, this wooden barn quilt, and this house Advent calendar.

This is also a great time to start Christmas crafting, maybe DIYing some ornaments. You can even turn this into a family activity and bring the kids or grandkids to help. With a mug of hot cocoa and some fun, Christmas tunes can turn into a family tradition. ;) 

These are a few of the Christmas ornaments I've crafted lately: Air-dry clay star ornaments, wooden tags ornaments, and embroidery hoop ornaments.
red lamps on porch

4. Create a budget and shopping list.

Having a plan, now is the perfect time to start buying those supplies you'll need to bring all those ideas to reality. 

It's time to shop for ribbons, wrapping paper, lights, greenery, etc. Hey, you can even shop for those gifts! Shopping early ensures the best prices and availability. 

5. Prepare an area to store and plan your holiday decor.

Set aside a space in your home where you can store supplies and gifts and where you can start assembling all the crafts and displays you will use in your home.

Ha, I'm already receiving my first orders for the season. Check them out:

But hey, it's Friday!

Welcome back to another edition of Home & Decor Encore, a weekly series where my friends and I share the best of the best from our archives!

In this opportunity, I'm bringing back this set of Christmas planters I built to decorate our front door.

Big thanks to Doreen at Hymns & Verses & Lori at The Stonybrook House for organizing this group.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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