Show of hands, who gets stressed out thinking about taking down all the Christmas decorations?
Now, I’m not talking about the task at hand. I’m talking about the sheer overwhelm of having to redecorate the entire house in one sitting?
I’m over here with both hands raised because that kind of pressure that I put on myself is real! I like things to be put together, cohesive, and finished as soon as possible.
So as I stared at my home, overflowing with Christmas, head swirling with ideas for redecorating, I took a minute and paused.
This could be so much simpler than I was making it!
So. Much. Simpler.
So I came up with 3 simple concepts I wanted to focus on to make the winter decor process easy on myself!
These might work for you too. If they do — fantastic! Use them, run with them. If they don’t, create your own!
The whole point is to make it as easy as possible for you to wrap your head around pairing down your home for a cohesive winter vibe without all the Christmas clutter!
3 SIMPLE CONCEPTS TO TAKE YOUR HOME FROM CHRISTMAS TO WINTER WITHOUT GOING CRAZY
SIMPLE CONCEPT #1: BACK TO BASICS
When I decorated for Christmas this year, I added pops of red, some plaid patterns, and a whole lot of layers.
I loved every bit of it, but one thing I was craving as the holiday season came to an end and January came bounding in was space to breathe. I wanted to peel back the layers and calm things down.
The easiest way to do that in my home was to take things back to basics in terms of color palate. I took away all the colors and patterns and brought my home back to soft neutrals.
Right away, I started to feel a little bit better!
SIMPLE CONCEPT #2: KEEP THE COZY
If you’re like me, you love all things cozy. This was a big one for me, especially around the holidays this year. I wanted my home to feel warm and cozy.
To make this happen, I added lots of cable knit, blankets, and pillows.
My advice? Keep them all out! January still needs to be cozy, it just needs to be a cozy with space for you to think, plan, and breathe for the year ahead. Keep all the cozy so you still feel warm and comforted on those brutally cold days.
Just keep the cozy neutrals! You should have already put away all the cozy Christmas decorations in Step 1, so this should be easy.
And as I sit here, writing this blog post, snuggled up in my cable knit throw, I’m telling you right now that it’s a good choice!
STEP 3: KEEP IT CASUAL
Holidays and Christmas decorations tend to make the home slightly more formal. You plan for big gatherings with fancy tablescapes. Everything is scheduled and planned out.
In my home, January and the months ahead are much more casual with friends dropping in, impromptu potluck gatherings, and relaxing company and conversation.
Because of this, I wanted my home to reflect that vibe! So I threw together some casual tablescapes without place settings for an extra go-with-the-flow vibe. I set out baked goods (always!), and I have dishes and other usable decor set out visible and ready to be functional!
This vibe invites guests to help themselves and makes them feel at home right away. So instead of those formal place settings where everyone is expected to take a seat and use the right fork, now your guests feel like they can breathe (like your home) and be themselves!
TO WRAP IT UP
Keep it simple! Focus on three main themes you want your home to follow in the winter months, and make it happen!
By following these three concepts, I was able to transition from Christmas to winter decor in no time flat! Okay… I still had to pack it all up, but you know what I mean!
What’s one tip you’ll take and use in your own home this winter? Share it with me in the comments!