Christmas Decorating Mistakes to Avoid
Do’s and Don’ts of Christmas Decorating
DON'T Forget to Clean Before You Decorate
A cluttered home will overshadow your beautiful Christmas decor. The day before you decorate, take some time to wipe down surfaces, vacuum, and straighten up. Once your space is spick and span, your Christmas decorations will shine.
DO Water Your Tree Regularly
You’ve carefully arranged beautiful lights, ribbons, and ornaments on your Christmas tree — now the goal is to keep it alive. You’ll need to refill the tree stand with water every day to keep your tree healthy until the end of the season. If you’re worried about forgetting, opt for an artificial tree and forgo watering altogether.
DON'T Overpower Your Home with Scents
Christmas scents can set the holiday ambiance in your home, but too many different candles can be overwhelming. Pick one main holiday scent, or two complementary ones, to fill your home with happy holiday vibes.
DO Decorate Your Mantel
Your mantel is typically the focal point of your living room. If you don’t adorn it with holiday decor, it could end up making the room feel incomplete. Personalize your holiday mantel decorations to fit your style. You can keep it simple with stockings and candles, or go all out with garland, a wreath, and strands of twinkle lights.
DON'T Overload Your Outlet
Christmas decorating often involves finding the delicate balance between having a surplus of plugs and an outlet deficit. Power strips are a common go-to, but plugging too many cords into one outlet can be a fire hazard. Be careful not to overload your power by only using one power strip per outlet. If a cord ever feels warm or if a breaker is continually tripping, you should rearrange your plugs immediately.
DO Personalize the Color Scheme
Red and green are classic colors to use when welcoming the holiday season, but there’s no rule that says you have to decorate with them. Step out of the box this December and create your own Christmas color scheme. Bright hues, like pink, blue, and purple, belong in your Christmas styling just as much as red and green.
DON'T Use Too Many Decorations
It’s common to collect a wide array of Christmas decorations over the years, but be selective on which you choose to display. Stick with three or four main decorations per room, like the tree or garland, and supplement with a few smaller ones, like throw pillows or candles. Narrowing down your decor makes sentimental pieces stand out and maintains a clean, festive look.
DO Decorate with Pets and Kids in Mind
While a glittering aesthetic may be the main thing on your mind as you decorate, don’t forget to consider potential safety hazards to children and pets. Keep fragile decorations out of reach, secure cords, cover outlets, and make poisonous plants, like holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias, inaccessible to kids and pets.
DON'T Put Your Christmas Tree in the Wrong Place
Instead of cramming your Christmas tree into an already full living room, consider rearranging the space to let your tree take center stage. Before you pick a spot, keep in mind the visibility of your ornaments, tree topper, and even your tree skirt from various sides of the room. You’ll want to find a spot that maintains plenty of space around the base of the tree for presents. Arranging it in front of a main window gives your tree great visibility from the street and your living room. If a window isn’t an option, a visible corner or main wall works too.
DO Turn Your Lights Off at Night
It’s easy to forget to turn your Christmas lights off before you go to bed, but it’s crucial to remember, not only for fire safety but also for power preservation. You can set reminders for yourself or invest in outlet timers. Buying a few outlet timers is a great option. These conveniences give you the freedom to forget about your lights until the end of the season when it’s time to take them down.
DON'T Just Decorate the Living Room
You don’t have to put a tree in every room, but adding small touches of Christmas cheer in the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom will make your whole house feel jolly. It can be as simple as scented hand soap in the bathroom or a Santa dish towel in the kitchen.
DO Display Christmas Cards
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Christmas cards are not only fun holiday greetings from loved ones, but they also make charming decorations. Don’t make the mistake of keeping your Christmas cards in a pile on the entry table. Instead, find a place to display them, like the mantel, a collage frame, or the banister, so you can enjoy them all season long.
DON'T Forget to Prep for Next Year as You're Packing Up
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With all the excitement and anticipation surrounding Christmas, it can be sad when it’s over. You may want to rush through putting Christmas decor away to get it over with quickly, but as you pack up your ornaments and take down the tree, keep your future self in mind. Next year you’ll appreciate neatly organized decorations stored in well-labeled containers. You can go the extra mile by stocking up on anything you’ve run out of and replacing broken items.