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Simplifying to Get Ready for Christmas Decor

Simplifying to Get Ready for Christmas Decor

As we’re just ‘wrapping up’ the last day of October, I thought it was a good day to wrap Christmas gifts and set up the tree. JUST KIDDING! I’m not ready for wrapping. I’m not ready for Christmas at all for that matter. Ha! This is an old photo.

But over the next month or so, many of us will be decorating the mantel or putting up the tree!Like I said, I’m actually not at all ready for any of it, yet. Are you?

For me fall nesting seems to gradually evolve into holiday simplifying and planning before it slowly evolves into holiday decorating. Sometimes I have a tree by Thanksgiving, but sometimes not.

Even though it will be a few weeks before I actually start Christmas decorating this year, I do try to at least start paring down unnecessary stuff and decorative elements.

I don’t like the house to feel too full of stuff right before Christmas, so simplifying spaces ahead of time helps make room for the festivity. It also helps me to think about how I could decorate for Christmas with what I already have! I love a simplified Christmas.

Here are four quick tips to prepare and simplify before Christmas:

1. Keep key statement pieces.

Put away small items. Keep season-less statement pieces like a large vase, a mirror, or an oversized clock.

Now when you’re ready to decorate for Christmas, you can easily add greenery in or around the statement pieces. Your home will still feel festive simply by incorporating a touch of greenery with items you already have.

2. Prepare your seasonal storage.

When you remove your everyday decor before Christmas, where will it go? I have a lidded basket and a dresser in my living room where I stash any extra items I won’t need for awhile, but will want to bring out again after the holidays.

3. Go on a whole-house decluttering and dusting spree.

What’s been sitting out or just gathering dust? What could be put away before the holidays? Run through the whole house and simplify all the things. Pick up the clutter spots and dust the surfaces. You house will feel much cleaner, lighter and more ready for Christmas.

4. Pare down the decorating bins.

If you have too many Christmas decor bins or items you haven’t even looked through in years, it’s a smart time to simplify and pare down! We did this last year! Clear out what you don’t use or love, and then give away or donate the rest. Now your remaining bins will be useful, neat, tidy and ready for you to enjoy a new season of Christmas cheer!

So, when do you start Christmas decorating?

If you are the plan-ahead to wrap-ahead type, you might enjoy our Free Printable Christmas gift round up from last year!

Simplifying to Get Ready for Christmas Decor

A Round up of Doormats

The Inspired Room Cozy Fall Shop

Day One: An Autumn Mindset
Day Two: 20 Little Things
Day Three: Warming Up the House with Shutters
Day Four: How to Decorate Your Coffee Table in Any Season
Day Five: Early Fall House Tour
Day Six: Embrace Your Style (and adapt as needed)
Day Seven: Your Fall Morning Routine
Day Eight: Fall Puttering
Day Nine: Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Fall Porch
Day Ten: Make Your Bedroom a Cozy Retreat
Day Eleven: Fall Home Refresh – 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life
Day Twelve: 14 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas
Day Thirteen: 3 Fall Activities for the Homebody
Day Fourteen: Cozy Things with Tassels, Textures, and Trims
Day Fifteen: Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home
Day Sixteen: Fall Wreath + How to Hang a Wreath on Your Door
Day Seventeen: Home + Holidays +Hosting

You still have a few more days to enter this fun giveaway on the blog! I’m so enjoying your comments! Thanks y’all! You’re always the best readers ever. xoxo

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Can you believe we are basically in holiday season right now? I don’t feel ready, ha. My house is definitely not ready. But luckily there’s still time! To get in the GIVING frame of mind, I have GIVEAWAY below, by the way ;-).

Speaking of the holidays, who is hosting Thanksgiving this year (my U.S. friends) or who HOSTED Thanksgiving (my Canadian friends?)? I am hosting this year and am excited to start preparing the menu. I am actually a little curious what our menu will look like! I am on my gluten-free diet now (I’ve had thyroid issues for years and was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s…I’m feeling GREAT, though! I will be sharing more of that journey soon).

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!
Besides the addition of gluten-free options, my daughter Kylee and her husband Lance have been vegan for years now and several of our family members are “often” vegetarian and dairy free, too. I am thinking this year will be the most unique (and hopefully delicious) holiday meal yet! I’ve been pinning up a storm on my gluten-free dairy-free board here. Accepting all suggestions. :)

While we are no strangers to offering a fresh-twist on a traditional menu or ingredients, we keep food pretty simple. We try to keep the focus on the gathering of people, not stressing out over meal prep.

Embracing simplicity in so many areas of our home and how we celebrate the holidays has made all the difference for me as a hostess.

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Ever since my kids were small I’ve loved the opportunities I’ve had to host Thanksgiving and bring our family together in our home. Our rickety nearly-antique dining table isn’t big enough for all of us, so we always bring up a card table to extend the surface out to the living room. We toss a tablecloth over it and make one big happy table! It’s not fancy, but it brings together what matters the most. Lots of memories, good food to nourish us, and the people we love.

Isn’t that our goal in creating a home? That we can freely open the door wide and invite people in to a warm and welcoming space? No apologies, no fears, no stressing out trying to outdo ourselves or impress anyone for the holidays, just creating a home where we can truly care about people!

Do you enjoy hosting? Whether you’re the hostess with the mostess, or more hesitant to host…my book Simple Gatherings will inspire you all year long with encouragement, tips, inspiration, and ideas for hosting with simple creativity and ease.

What’s your hosting style?

Take this fun quiz to learn which party hosting style is right for you!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Today I have a fun giveaway to help us kick off the season of GIVING (and home and hosting!)! Besides these books making great hostess and Christmas gifts this time of year, I’m giving away A SET of my Inspired Ideas series (all three Simple books!) plus some other super awesome goodies :).

Find out about the giveaway and read about each of the three books below. Plus, find some helpful tips and free downloads for home and hosting!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Order Simple Decorating at Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Jump-start your style and refresh your home with budget-friendly and practical ideas from my book Simple Decorating! You’ll learn to embrace your style, reimagine your spaces, and transform hard-to-love areas into favorite destinations.

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Order Simple Organizing at Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Getting organized can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Bring order and purpose to every room when you create an orderly vision for your home, design organizational systems to inspire you, and focus on progress, not perfection.

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Order Simple Gatherings at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Welcoming loved ones into your home doesn’t have to be intimidating when you discover your authentic hosting style, focus on what guests remember most and celebrate people as the centerpiece of any gathering. You can check perfection and intimidation at the door because this book isn’t hosting a Pinterest-worthy party…Simple Gatherings is about creating an experience that will draw people together.Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!We hosted a giveaway awhile back and the winner never claimed her prize! So, first of all, don’t let that happen to you, always check your emails and promo folders if you enter giveaways or subscribe to my blog :). But the GOOD NEWS for YOU is that we have brought together a few of those pretty organizing elements to create a NEW giveaway!

So if you are the winner of this giveaway…you’ll receive a beautiful basket, a handy file box, pretty file folders, a notepad, drawer organizer, and hangers PLUS all 3 of my Simple books!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below! I’d LOVE to send this prize to you! :)



Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

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