My favourite time of the year (and I’m sure a favourite for so many others) is basically here! Each year I love to change up the theme and colour story, it usually doesn’t stray too far from a classic, traditional Christmas look, but lately I’ve been really gravitating towards more organic, wood, neutrals and pops of red plaid. Before I even bring my Christmas decor out from storage, I always head to Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve created a new board every year for the last 5 years and I use those inspo photos as a guide when planning out the current season. Because I tend to decorate in the same types of colours, I’m able to easily swap out ornaments and decor pieces to match the vibe I’m going for – without breaking the bank before all of the holiday gift giving (or purchasing) even starts.
Keep reading if you want to see my inspiration for this year and some tips on how to plan out your Christmas decor for this season! Plus an inexpensive haul of items I purchased from Homesense, Marshalls and the Dollar Store! I was shocked at the quality of these pieces!
Start with finding inspiration
You guessed it – the first step is all about gathering images, songs, magazines (do people still read those?), articles, blog posts, YouTube videos – you name it! For me, I’m drawn to something new each season, or a different take on a design I’ve already done in previous years. I always think about how I want my home to feel during the holidays and what colours, and accessories will help bring that feeling to life.
While my retail days of inventory are over (thank goodness), it’s still a very wise decision to take stock of what you already have and then compare it to your inspiration for this season. Not only will this help to save money, you’ll also be helping to save the planet by reusing your decor. It may be a great time to go through and donate items you know you won’t want to incorporate in your decor even after this year or put them up on Facebook Marketplace to go towards funding some new pieces.
Do it yourself
Before you head to the store to purchase your new decor pieces, ask yourself if there are any DIY’s you’d love to do. Maybe there’s a couple of items you already own that just need a little love? I love crafting during this time of the year (see my post about DIY gift tags from a few years ago!). It can be a fun activity that you do with your friends and family over some hot chocolate and baked goods – especially since we didn’t have the chance to do this in person last year.
Fill in the gaps
Now that you know what you have and where you want to take your design, it’s time to fill in the gaps. Be mindful about what new items you want to incorporate into your decor. Are these pieces that you’ll be able to have for years to come? I’ve really tried to become more thoughtful in my spending habits and add items that I absolutely love and will be able to cherish for longer than just one season. Take a look at thrift stores and Facebook Marketplace for yourself! You never know what treasures you’ll find.
Clean it up and map it out
Now that you have all of your items and your theme ready to go, this is a great time to map out where you want your big ticket items. Aka your tree, any wreaths, garland and large decor items. If you’re decorating multiple rooms, place your larger items in their homes first and then add in the smaller decor. This includes figuring out what items or pieces of furniture you will need to take away or move to different rooms.
And last but not least, clean! A crucial first step before you decorate. Give your opens shelving a dusting and anywhere you plan on decorating. While you’re moving items around to clean, pull out the decor accessories that won’t work during the holiday season and store them away for after Christmas.
Check out my Affordable Christmas Decor Haul here:
I can’t wait to show you how our decor turns out this year! What is your go-to colour scheme for Christmas? Are you team red and green or gold and silver or candy-land or..? The combinations are truly endless. Let me know in the comments below some of your inspiration for this year!