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Holiday decorating can help make the season more special.

9 Nov

Holiday decorating can help make the season more special.

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Holiday decorating will help get you and your guests into the spirit of the season, but keep it simple so YOU can enjoy the season without stressing about perfection.holidaydecorating2

There are so many ways you can decorate your home for the holidays, from the smallest candles and accessories to large-scale trees, wreaths and statuary. Typical areas of your home to prioritize for decorating include your living room or great room, dining room table and sideboard, fireplace mantle, front door and outside the house.

Start with a thorough house cleaning and put away other decorative accessories in your home, especially those on tabletops, mantles and furniture. This disciplined step will ensure you have a clean start for holiday trimmings that really pop!

holidaydecorating3 Once you put away extraneous accessories, you may recognize that you need more than just holiday decorating; it could be time to update carpeting, paint, furniture or window treatments, too! Plan your holiday décor for all the senses – to create a festive look, feel and smell. Think about decorations that can create new family traditions and that make you feel good.

This year, consider a new entertaining concept – maybe the first party of the season held before Thanksgiving or the

holidaydecorating4last party of the season a few days after New Years. Red, green, gold, silver, blue and white are traditional holiday colors. Also think outside the box for a refreshing new look with:

  • Transparent glass and earth tones
  • Fuchsia and lime
  • Light pink and forest green
  • Even black and white!

Make your home feel festive and bright this special season with a focus on holiday decorating. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

 

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Decluttering After The Holidays Can Help You Next Year

2 Jan

How to De-Clutter after the Holiday Madness
“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” -Barbara Hemphill

Holidays are over and now it’s time to pack it all away for another 11 months. All that work for just a few weeks of joy. And how did you acquire so much stuff?!

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Well, here are some quick and easy ways to de-clutter and store so that next year you aren’t sorting through it all when it’s time to decorate. Also, this will help you in the New Year to keep your home clutter-free with all those new presents to put away.

  1. Keep one, toss two-whether you donate or throw out…this includes white elephant gifts. And by all means, if it is broken-throw it out!
  2. Leftover mailing boxes-pack up donations to reuse them and get them out of the trash and the house.
  3. Sort as you stow-this helps with space saving. Keeping things grouped together makes it easier to stack in the attic or closet-this is also how decorating next year will be a breeze. You won’t be tearing through the 8 places you put the Christmas stuff trying to find the star for the top of the tree. Also pack to move-we often overstuff storage so that it’s difficult to move and put away, which means it can be left behind collecting dust because no one wants to move it.
  4. Re-gifting gifts for next year-wrap and store with decorations…again this also includes white elephant gifts. If you don’t get them ready now, you’ll forget about them and come across them in the middle of summer next year when you could have given them away.
  5. Don’t wait til spring to get rid of what you haven’t used in 6 months-get rid of old toys and clothes now to make room for the newly acquired gifts. Let the kids be involved with it too. You may be surprised how quickly they are willing to give away their toys and clothes once they have new ones.

Make sure you have the proper storage for what you have:

This is critical. Don’t just throw things in random cardboard boxes if they are delicate. We all want to just tear everything down and get it out of our living rooms, but that is how we end up with broken items at the beginning of the next season.

Declutter3For example, get a storage bag or box for your wreath, divided storage for ornaments, and clear plastic bins (so you can see what is in what bin) that are easy to stack.Declutter4
This is a great way to start the New Year, with a neat and de-cluttered home to hibernate in for the next few months while winter rages on outside.

If you are looking for a few ideas to keep the momentum going, check back with us throughout the year for more tips. But for now here are 2 tips to keep you going into January:

Trash Bag Tango:

  • Take two bags, set a timer for 10 minutes and go through the whole house. One bag for trash and recyclables, one bag for things not being used, wanted or needed.
  • Always finish what you start-whether it’s putting the laundry in the hamper, getting rid of the junk mail once you’ve gone through the mail, put away things after you get them out.

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Personalized Wrapping Ads A Warm Touch

22 Dec

We really like this idea we found on Houzz…it’s still not too late, even if you have wrapped everything!

Decluttering before you decorate will make your holidays trimmings pop!

11 Dec

Decluttering before you decorate will make your holidays trimmings pop!

Begin your holiday decorating with a clean start for maximum beauty and minimum chaos.
It’s so much fun to decorate the house for the holidays, but sometimes there’s just too much clutter once all the decorations are put out – so much “stuff” that people can hardly see the beauty of your holiday treasures.

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Your first step before starting your holiday decorating should be to put away the other home décor items that usually adorn your house – sitting on table tops, mantles and furniture. This includes vases, candles, throw pillows and house plants. You can even store them in the boxes that your holiday decorations usually occupy! A clean start will help you decide where to display your holiday decorations for the most beautiful look and ensure that the decorations are the focal point of your rooms during this festive season.

Get rid of holiday decorations you’ll never use

ChristmasDeclutter2When you’re getting out your holiday decorations, take the time to purge, purge, purge. Take a close look at the decorations you aren’t going to use this year and honestly evaluate whether you’ll ever use them again. If it’s damaged, get rid of it. If you don’t love it, get rid of it. Think about passing your undamaged discards on to your children or other family members who are just starting their own households. Or donate them to a hospital, nursing home, homeless shelter or other charitable organization that could really use them to add some holiday cheer. After all, this is the season for giving.

Keeping your house clutter-free can be a challenge during the holidays. Try it and your house will look more festive and bright!

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