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It’s that time of year again! Tis’ the season of fireplaces, cozy stockings, and comfort meals. Each supermarket is stocked with apple cider, egg nog, and honey-glazed ham. Nights out are traded for classic movie nights in, and Christmas cookies rise to the perfect level of plumpness as we connect with our inner child once again.

Between Christmas shopping for your partner, children, friends, and your company’s secret Santa, the decor might slip your mind! Thankfully, a few simple tricks can help you make decorating for Christmas as easy as pie (pumpkin pie, to be exact!)

The best time to prepare for Christmas decorating is in January

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You might be wondering why someone would ever hassle with Christmas decorations a whole eleven months before Christmas. Well, the answer is preparation. The easiest way to get your house decorated in time for Christmas and avoid disturbing your peace of mind is to be ready long before the holiday season hits. After Christmas is over, it can be tempting to shove all those garlands and ornaments in a box and throw it into the garage. Christmas decorations can be a hassle to put up and an even bigger hassle to put away.

Protect your Christmas traditions by putting all your belongings into a storage unit. Storage units are an excellent alternative to your garage or an outdoor shed because they can be climate controlled and monitored for pests. Suppose you have an artificial tree or ornaments stored in cardboard boxes. In that case, your Christmas decorations could be a magnet for spiders and other insects that like to hide in dark, enclosed spaces. For those who live in especially humid environments, your belongings could also be at risk for damage from excessive moisture.

Don’t break the bank next holiday season

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As mentioned above, the best time to prepare for Christmas decorating is in January. This is not only because safe storage can protect your belongings and make it easier to care for them, but because of the affordable prices. Every year, after the holiday season ends, stores have clearance sales to rid themselves of the extra decor stock. This doesn’t mean that your pickings will be slim, however. Often, Christmas decorations hold sentimental value and are a part of time-honored Christmas traditions. People don’t shop for decor every year, so you should have no problem finding the twinkle lights and holly that work best with the rest of your set.

Make decorating for Christmas a tradition

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Putting up Christmas lights and hanging stockings and wreaths can be a lot of work! Especially for those who spring for a real tree, holiday decor takes some time and effort. Don’t worry; there is a foolproof way to ensure you have the help you need every time the holiday season rolls around. A great way to turn unpacking Christmas decorations into a fun activity is to make it a yearly tradition. Baking cookies, making egg nog, and throwing on some classic Christmas music can help you set the mood and lift your household’s holiday spirits.

Not only does this practice create an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with the ones you love, but it can make the effort it takes to decorate a home light work. Decorating in time for Christmas can be a stressful endeavor the closer it gets to the 25th of December. Set a date early in the month and invite your friends or family members to spend the day with you! This way, you get to enjoy your Christmas decorations all season long.

Christmas tree decorations and stockings on the mantle are an easy way to spread holiday cheer. Protect and organize your belongings so that you are prepared for a simple setup when the holiday season rolls around. Shopping for decorations in advance is an excellent way to obtain great holiday decor at affordable prices. Get your loved ones together to make decorating for Christmas a tradition you can all look forward to for years to come!

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