In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not easy to keep all your obligations and priorities in line. If you’re anything like me, you have your day scheduled more or less down to the minute, and throwing in a one-off task like decorating for the holidays can throw a real wrench in your routine. I look around at my friends’ and neighbors’ holiday decorations – some of these decorations are elaborate! I can only wonder how they find the time to get it all done.
Luckily, there are a few “life hacks” that can help you get through the day and help your tasks go more smoothly. These little tricks can be game changers. For holiday decorating, I’ve put together this list of quick tips that can help you get your place feeling downright holly and jolly. The best part is, each of them can be accomplished in less time than it takes to watch a sitcom rerun.
You simply don’t have time to shop around at different stores for the cutest this or the best deal on that. All that driving around and web surfing gives me a headache. Narrow your holiday décor search to one source. Everything from the same place is supposed to be designed with a unified vision, right? So just add whatever tickles your fancy to your cart, and when it arrives it’ll all look great together.
Luckily, landsend.com has a great selection of Christmas decorations for the whole home, all located in one easy to use webstore. Orders over $50 get free shipping, and we’ll deliver right to your doorstep. If you have your credit card handy, you can be in and out in no time.
(Est. time: Take the full 20 minutes for this one.)
Stockings are an instant signifier of the holidays, and Lands’ End needlepoint Christmas stockings are classic holiday goodness. Their hand-stitched designs are timeless, and you can use them for years to come. Christmas stockings feature free personalization, so you can order one for every family member with their name embroidered at the top. Think about how orderly and considerate you’ll look with a row of these hung up. Add some garland along the mantel and use our classic pewter stocking holders, and you’ll look like a holiday decorating pro.
(Est. time: 4 minutes without garland, 7 minutes with garland.)
Throw pillows and throw blankets get their names for a reason – they’re generally small, light, and can be tossed here or there pretty easily. The best thing about throws is that they imbue a space with any kind of spirit in no time. Got a couch? Throw a throw pillow on it! Winter evenings making the kids chilly? Throw ’em a throw!
Throw pillows tend to come in two varieties: patterned and narrative. Patterned throw pillows might feature seasonal colors or repeated motifs, while narrative pillows usually make a scene and feature characters. Throw pillows aren’t really intended for comfort – they’re purely decorative – but the key thing here is that they’re pretty up front with their holiday messaging. They provide instant holiday cheer anywhere you toss them.
Scatter some throw pillows on your sofa and chairs, then drape a seasonal fleece blanket over the back of the sofa. Now take a spin around the room. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, isn’t it?
(Est. time: 1-2 minutes.)
Take a look at all the towels you have hanging up around your house – kitchen, bathroom or otherwise. Now, take them all down and replace them with towels in holiday patterns and colors. Monogrammed bath towels can be a real game-changer in your bathroom, taking it right into the holiday season, and monogrammed hand towels can do the same for your kitchen. Monogrammed family names or initials work really well in the bathroom, while embroidery adds a little fun and whimsy to the kitchen.
(Est. time: 4-18 minutes, depending on the number of bathrooms and kitchens in your home.)
Bedding also makes a great holiday accent for your bedroom, and it’s so quick and easy to change out to suit a holiday look. A holiday duvet cover or a Christmas comforter takes so little time to put in place and instantly transforms a bedroom into a dreamy wintery space. If you’re looking for added holiday cheer, throw on some more of those seasonal throw pillows and call it a day!
(Est. time: 2-3 minutes for comforter, 5 minutes for duvet cover. Add 1 minute if including seasonal pillows.)