DIY Christmas Project and Room Tour Round Up!

DIY Christmas Project and Room Tour Round Up!Christmas House Tour via Jennifer Rizzo

Christmas Ideas

So between living life, getting ready for Christmas and all, I haven’t put up a new post in a few days! Ah! So much to show you, I’m decorating and cleaning and getting ready to invite you all over (virtually!) for the Christmas Home Tours next week, but I’m not quite ready yet. Sigh. But it sure is fun getting ready! This has been the most fun I’ve had decorating for Christmas since I’ve lived in this house!

DIY Christmas Project and Room Tour Round Up!Santa Hat Brownies, via Daisy’s World

But no new post here doesn’t mean I haven’t been posting elsewhere. Oh, no. I’m always posting somewhere!

I’ve been adding some fun new Christmas DIY’s and a couple of new Christmas Room Tours for your viewing pleasure! I love featuring bloggers and their creative talents! Be sure to click over and check them out! I’ll be adding quite a few more this week!

Note: If you are featured in Room Tours or DIY, be sure to grab your “I was featured” button!

DIY Christmas Project and Room Tour Round Up!

DIY Christmas Project and Room Tour Round Up!

Also, I shared a post awhile back over at (in)courage that I forgot to mention but hope you’ll visit, called The Good Dishes.

And, last but not least for today, I did a round up of 6 of my own DIY Christmas Crafts over at actress Candace Cameron Bure’s new online magazine, Roo Mag! Check it out!

DIY Christmas Project and Room Tour Round Up!

I’ll be back soon with some Christmas decorating updates and adding Room Tours and DIY all week! If I can get my act together and keep Jack from undoing all my decor, I’ll show what I’ve been up to at my own house, even before next week’s Home Tours here at The Inspired Room! I hope you are going to be a part of the fun!!

And because one can never have too many parties (right?) I’m also getting ready for our church’s second annual Hideous Christmas Sweater Party and Awkward Family Photo Day this weekend! Never a dull moment around here, I’ll tell ya!

How about you, is your week as crazy as mine?

Inspired Holidays {Day 17}:: Clean Your House for Christmas (4 Tips!)

Inspired Holidays {Day 17}:: Clean Your House for Christmas (4 Tips!)Sarah Richardson’s Christmas House Canadian House & Home

We all like to look at pretty pictures and talk about decorating for the holidays. We like to read all the blogs, pin all the pictures, and plan out our holiday decor. Fun fun fun. But for some of us, eh hem, we need to stop dreaming all day about decorating and focus in on something that should come first. I know. Killjoy.

If our home is filled with clutter, too much stuff and is just generally not clean or tidy we should really address those issues first. I know. Hate me. But then we can start holiday decorating with a fresh clean foundation, and that is where the real fun is! Remember one of my favorite little sayings, “You don’t want to put lipstick on a donkey.” That idea cracks me up every time. But it is true. Lipstick on a donkey is not really the look we are going for.

4 Tips: Cleaning Your House for the Holidays

1). Get a jump start.

To get a jump start, I like to grab a box and run through a room of the house, tossing in miscellaneous decor that I don’t need for the holidays. It is fun to make it a game to find maybe 5 to 20 things per room that you don’t need right now. You can do the same thing with clutter, make it a game to run around picking things up. You can even get the kids involved. Getting a jump start is usually all it takes to get me on a roll and motivated to do more.

2). Break it down.

If you wait until Christmas it almost here to start cleaning, you’ll be frustrated and overwhelmed by all you have to do and it will probably make Christmas less than the warm cozy holiday you dream of.

Maybe pick one room to focus on per week (or every couple of days if you need to hurry through) and perhaps work on your bathrooms a little bit each week. That seems doable, right? It does to me and I think I’m going to take myself up on my own challenge. If you don’t need to declutter that many areas, maybe just pick one or two rooms and give yourself a week or so each to whip them into shape top to bottom. However you do it, break it down into a manageable project. You can do this! I can do this.

3). Maintain.

Once you get on a roll with cleaning and decluttering, you’ll be inspired to keep going. You can then work on maintaining each room you’ve cleaned and decluttered so it doesn’t get out of hand again. Spend a few minutes every day putting that clean room back to clean. I’ve noticed with myself that if one of my rooms gets super cleaned and organized, it is much more fun to keep it looking good and I enjoy the process all the more. It is always easier to maintain than to start over again. Kind of like dieting. But let’s not talk about that.

4). Reward.

Once a room is clean and organized, THEN add a little Christmas to the room! You’ll feel an immediate sense of reward for your effort!

Happy Christmas cleaning!

What room do you really need to tackle before the holidays?

We are on day 17 of my 31 Days: Inspired for the Holidays series!
Catch up on the past few posts

Day 13: The Most Versatile Seasonal Decoration

Day 14: Holiday Decorating Power of Three

Day 15:  Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

Day 16: Holiday Decorating: Fresh Inspiration

And be sure to check out the rest of the 31 Day Participants!

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Inspired Holidays {Day 17}:: Clean Your House for Christmas (4 Tips!)