You don’t have to set aside an entire weekend or even an entire day to decorate for Christmas. Something here and there can make your home look much nicer.You can spend just a few simple minutes holiday decorating. Use these steps to get you started on your Christmas decorating.
- Appeal to the senses. Light, scent and sound evoke strong feelings and spread a festive mood even without decorations. Dim the overheads and light balsam or cranberry scented candles. Put some holiday music on surround sound.
- Spend the remainder of your time concentrating on the area where you and your guests will spend the most amount of time. Make a welcoming entrance by hanging a wreath or a bell on the front door. Throw a few holiday pillows around your living room. If you’ll be serving a meal this holiday season or you have viewable table space, set your table.
- A few days before the guests come make sure to clean your carpets. If time is a concern, hire a professional carpet cleaning company. If you live in Virginia Beach, carpet cleaners are easy to find. Search the web for “carpet cleaning in Norfolk” or Chesapeake carpet cleaners. They will help your place look nice and smell fresh for Christmas, something your guests will sure compliment you on.
- Put up your Christmas tree and add lights and a topper. Try to position your tree by a front-facing window but don’t worry about decorating it; this can come later or not at all. Just having a tree with lights (especially with dim overheads and candles flickering) will send a “Happy Holiday” message.
- If you have time leftover, place your ornaments in a glass bowl or vase. That way they are easily accessible and you can hang a few here and there when you have a minute, or leave them in the vase throughout the season to decorate a coffee table or shelf.
- Also, decorate your tree and mantle. Wrap your presents and scatter them around the room or use smaller ones as a table centerpiece. If you have any time left, pop a bottle of bubbly and sit on your sofa and admire the view.
- Don’t forget about holiday lighting. Professional installation may or may not be required, you can do it yourself.