A few years ago I decided to give myself an early Christmas present and it’s honestly one gift that I never get tired of receiving. As I begin to plan out my Christmas decorating, I intentionally think ahead to when it’s all going to have to be undecorated and I get really, really strategic. With every plastic storage bin that is opened, I’m thinking about how much work is going to take place on the other side of the season; how much will have to be undecorated.
Because, let’s face it, the undecorating part is the absolute worst, am I right?
What I’ve realized is that if I’m thoughtful about the process, I can give myself the gifts of time and less stress as I head back into our family’s regularly scheduled programming post-Christmas.
This year, after taking down my mantel decorations, I simply placed these four frosted trees on either side so that it would still reflect the winter season. Plus, they are pre-lit and I still get to enjoy some twinkling lights on these cold, dark days.
Thanks to my strategic thinking, my entryway looks almost identical to how it looked for Christmas.
The only thing I had to do was to remove the mercury glass ornaments I had hung on this little tree. Doesn’t it look so real?!
Cinnamon sticks in this transferware pitcher are a subtle nod to the winter season and they have actually been here since October so I think I’m killing it when it comes to doing as little as possible when it comes to seasonal decorating, don’t you? 😉
In my dining room, my buffet table decor required only the removal of a garland and lights to transition it from Christmas to Winter.
Similarly, my living room mantel got a super quick makeover when I removed the garland and lights.
The vintage corbels, candles and pinecones were there for the holiday season already and I simply added in a bit of greenery to soften it all.
And, of course, our hot cocoa station has stayed the same except for the removal of a wreath that was hanging on the mirror. Other than that, the only thing I’ve had to ‘update’ is the constant restocking of cocoa and marshmallows!
We’ve had a really long stretch of dark, rainy days that have made me so grateful for a home that still feels cozy and warm even as I’m longing for Spring.
There is just something about keeping out a few twinkling lights, the glow of candles (both real and battery powered) and soft blankets to snuggle in that help to offset what can often be a tough month to get through.
And how about you? Do you do any winter decorating in your home or do you take down your Christmas decor and put it all back to the way it is for the rest of the year? I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for meeting me here today friend,