With Christmas over, it’s time to transition into winter decor!
Do you get anxious as the Holiday season draws to a close?
You sense the cheerful atmosphere is about to become a little less cheerful, people are readying to go back to their routines and you have about five bins of Christmas decor to deal with.
I have to be honest and say, I’ve never been as overwhelmed with all of my Christmas decor as this year.
Putting it all up was a blast of course, but to remove and now reorganize seemed like a lost cause.
We’re preparing for a garage sale too and maybe that’s part of it, since our basement is in chaos right now.
But it made me thankful that I didn’t have to take everything down after Christmas.
Winter Decorating Ideas
- Be intentional with some of your Christmas decor. Meaning, use vases or jars that you can just fill with other more winter-appropriate items after Christmas, rather than a purely Christmas-centric type of centerpiece.
I had to take down everything in my entrance, but that brings me to point number two:
2. Re-use Christmas greenery.
The one thing I could re-use was this bundle of greenery that I’d had in this pitcher on our kitchen island all of the Christmas season.
I didn’t have to go out and buy anything, I just moved it from my island to the entrance table.
3. Improvise and think outside the box.
My theme for this last Christmas was a “Christmas tree farm.”
Since our winters are so long here in Canada, and the only sign of “green life” we see those months are evergreens, I decided to keep them on the mantel.
I swapped out my “O Holy Night” sign by turning the sign around and sticking the wood-inspired wrapping paper on the inside.
Then, I added these white sweater ornaments to the string and hung it across.
I only had to buy the wrapping paper which was a few dollars.
The ornaments had been used on the tree and I loved using them to represent “snow” since they were white.
These ideas just came to me as I was looking at the space and at what I had laying around from my Christmas decor that I could reuse.
Sometimes you don’t need to browse Pinterest, just look around and think outside the box.
You might surprise yourself with the things you come up with.
4. Change out your throw pillows.
This is honestly one of the easiest things you can do.
I always buy my throw pillows and pillow covers separately (makes storage SO much easier – you only need a certain amount of pillows).
Once Christmas was over, I simply swapped out those pillow covers and threw on these more neutral tones.
The faux fur pillows are solid, as in I can’t change the cover, but the rest are all interchangeable.
5. Use “multi-purpose” items.
What does this mean? Things like the sled you see here – perfect for Christmas, but can always be kept up here because winter is known for this activity as well.
The branches in the box were used during Christmas, but because they were white, I once again kept them here because it didn’t scream “Christmas” due to the neutral colors.
I had a huge garland on the perimeter of this doorframe, and after taking it down it didn’t seem odd to leave this cluster of things standing here near the plant stand.
So to recap:
- Be intentional
- Reuse greenery
- Think outside the box
- Swap out throw pillows
- Use multi-purpose items
Sometimes this transitional period can be so overwhelming, but a few changes can make a big difference.
Even if you weren’t able to implement all of these strategies this year, now you can take them with you into the following Christmas and help smoothen the winter decorating process.