It’s pretty magical to watch your home be transformed during the holidays from its normal sounds and smells into a display of bright lights filled with the wonderful aroma of home-cooked meals. Plus, a time of year that involves a lot of gifts? Count us in! The only problem is that holiday decorating can be a whole lot of work. From weeding through unlabeled boxes in the basement to braving the cold outside, getting all the decorations up can sometimes feel like it’s draining a lazy girl of all her holiday spirit.
Wouldn’t it be great if holiday decorating wasn’t such a long process? You could go to sleep one night, dreaming sweet holiday dreams, only to wake up to the perfect winter wonderland of holiday decorations. Unfortunately, that kind of speediness doesn’t seem likely, but don’t give up just yet – after all, this is the season of hope! What you CAN do is take a few of these tips and get some decorating ideas from a lazy girl professional. Less time rigging up lights and more time laying on the couch watching holiday movies and waiting to open your gifts? Ummm, yes please!
Indoor Winter WonderlandIf you’re already bringing a real tree inside, might as well recreate the entire snow-filled outdoors. Take some white spray paint and go to town on the walls and furniture. Dump some silver glitter everywhere to finish it off. It’ll be like having a glistening, snowy day inside! Plus, if you do all this work bringing the outside indoors, then you won’t even need to bother decorating the yard. Score. Source: Shutterstock.com
Don't Fight, Make It BrightUntangling lights is the worst. Just plug in the whole balled-up mess and lay it outside. People will probably just think it’s a well-decorated shrub anyway. Source: Shutterstock.com
Creative RecyclingYou're still expected to do chores, like taking out the recycling, on top of all the holiday decorating? Umm, no. Just scatter those cans and bottles in your Christmas tree to look like ornaments. They’re kind of shiny, right? Plus, empty boxes can just collect under your tree as “presents.” It all adds to the ambiance. Source: Shutterstock.com
School Paper SnowflakesPaper snowflakes are basically the easiest decoration. You have that whole folder of class notes weighing down your backpack - you shouldn't need those for finals, right? If it's taking too long, just punch a few holes in a regular piece of white paper and stick it in the window. All snowflakes are unique, so nobody should dare to question their looks. Source: Shutterstock.com
Make The Place ShineGetting tinsel means going to the store. That's already too much effort. Just grab the aluminum foil out of the drawer and go to town. Rip off chunks to throw on the mantle or string a sheet across your doorway. If you run out, feel free to also rinse off any old foil wrapping up long-forgotten Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge. Before you know it you'll have shiny decorations without needing to go any further than the kitchen. Source: Shutterstock.com
Simplify Your Holiday TunesCombing through the hundreds of holiday songs in your music library to make a playlist can be super daunting and take forever. Make things easy by just picking one with a super catchy hook, like Jingle Bells, and playing the crowd-pleasing tune on loop all day. Hey, why is everyone suddenly wearing their earmuffs inside? It must be that this holiday jam is really getting them in the holiday spirit! Source: Shutterstock.com
Insist On A Giving SpiritHolidays may be about giving, but another big theme is opening up your wallet and paying up to show appreciation. Your holiday decorating services shouldn't come cheap when you're providing such a high-end experience. You’re not just going to brew hot chocolate or leave out cookies for whoever! Set up a tip jar to fund next year’s decorating. Or you know, to fund gifts this year… for yourself… Source: Shutterstock.com
Get A ReindeerIf you can get a real reindeer to hang out in the yard, you're basically already this year's decoration winner. How could the neighbors compete with that? If for some reason this isn't possible, simply throw some antlers on your dog — instant reindeer! From a distance, it's doubtful anyone will even know the difference between Fido and Rudolph. Source: Shutterstock.com
Do holiday decorations fill you with the holiday spirit? What is the worst part of getting ready for the holidays? Does the finished product outweigh the stress of holiday decorating? Got any decorating ideas to share? Let us know in the comments!