I love Christmas and although we don’t have outdoor decorations, we have lots of indoor ones. Outside we rely on our neighbors on either side who have enough decorations for all three of our houses. In fact our entire neighborhood shines brightly at night.

But I digress. When we moved, I had to find new places for some of our decorations. Since Jude wants us to close out the year with bright, colorful, let me start with two shelves in our living room. The stockings hang below this first shelf on the holders with the stars and the reindeer. The sculptured Indian serenely oversees everything while rocking his sparkly boa. Is that culturally inappropriate? He doesn’t seem to mind.

The next shelf up hosts a small town and miscellaneous decorations. The blue lights add color and brightness. Most of these used to go on our mantel but although we have a gas fireplace here, the wide shelf above it holds our TV and PlayStation, so no room for decorations.

I used to put all my decorations in one large plastic bin. Each year I’d have to take them all out and try to remember where they all went, taking up a great deal of space and time in the interim. One day I realized I could put all the decorations for each area (piano top, mantel, various shelves) in one box per area, label it, and each year it would be simple to decorate one small bit at a time. It works a treat!

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

  1. Sheree says:

    Very colourful

  2. restlessjo says:

    Merry Christmas, Janet! Love to you and the family!

  3. As we all ‘mature,’ organizing holiday decorations certainly helps. I cleaned a closet down to the bare bones, bought plastic boxes, and I’m ready to get them organized this year. I use to spend two full days decorating but dragging everything down from the attic gets a little more challenging each year so I needed to get more realistic. 🙂 Happy Christmas week!

    • Same to you, Judy. It’s going to be a busy week, I think, but Christmas Eve day and Christmas should be more relaxed. And since I came up with the box method, my decorating is much more relaxed, especially as I can do one section at a time as I have time.

  4. Splendid and I admire the organisation – I need to do something similar. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Cheers to the colors and decorations for the season! 🙂

  6. Dan Antion says:

    Lovely decorations and a pretty good system.

  7. Ally Bean says:

    Cheerful and bright. That’s good, as is your new storage solution. I like how you snap and think.

  8. Sue says:

    Most bright and colourful

  9. scr4pl80 says:

    Nice. Great idea about the separate boxes. I haven’t done decorating in a long time, other than the tree and stockings. I have a whole village that lights up but nowhere to put it now.

    • Since we aren’t having a big family gathering at our house again, we passed on a tree for the second year in a row. I’m hoping for family and tree next Christmas.

  10. That is a grat idea! I love your displays!

  11. That looks so festive and bright!

    I started labeling my bins and boxes too, but some are still a mix of things and what I wanted most this was on the bottom of one bin so, that didn’t happen. The stockings are not hung…yet!

  12. Resa says:

    How lovely, Janet. Some traditions are worth hanging onto.