The winter months bring a magical and festive atmosphere. Although the evenings get dark quite early, this time of year is perfect for getting cosy at home and adding some simple winter accessories and fabrics. Infusing your home with the spirit of the season can make it exceptionally warm and inviting.
Winter decor features a rich palette of deep shades of red, green, navy and gold. Embrace these colours by adding cushions, throws, candles or rugs to your home. This season is also ideal for entertaining guests. If you are planning a get-together or dinner party in your house, research the best ways to set your table and dine in style to make the truly evening special.
Declutter and Reorganise
The post-Christmas period and Springtime months are a great time of year to declutter your space and get organised for the year ahead. In case you are planning a move to a new home in the upcoming year, be sure to check out our budget tips for moving house. Things like asking around for moving boxes or help with packing and transporting, as well as decluttering and selling items you no longer need, are great ways to save pennies when it comes to moving house.
Giving your home a winter facelift by decluttering can breathe new life into your surroundings. Below are some ideas about how you can rethink and rearrange your space:
Declutter with purpose: Begin by decluttering and getting rid of discarding items that you no longer use or need. For items that are in good condition, you can donate them to a local charity shop, pass them on to friends or family, or sell them in an online marketplace.
Rearrange furniture: testing out new ways or arranging your furniture is a great way to maximise your space and ensure that it flows well.
Repair broken or damaged items: rather than throwing away broken household items and furniture that you would prefer to hold onto, repair or upcycle them. This can be a quick and easy DIY task. In the case of upholstered furniture, for example, hot glue is a superb tool. Hot glue guns are great for so many projects and are very handy to have in your household toolkit or crafts box.
Create dedicated zones: designating areas of your house or apartment according to activity is a great way to get the most from your space. Whether it’s work, relaxation or entertaining, defining what each area is for can help you organise each space effectively.
Maximise your storage: Investing in organisational solutions such as shelving and baskets is an ideal way to deal with household clutter. Be sure to use vertical space, such as tall shelves where possible, to help keep surfaces clear and organised.
Putting some thought into the layout and functionality of your home not only improves the organisation of the space but also contributes to a sense of relaxation and well-being within your living space.
Enjoy the Christmas spirit at home this winter
When it comes to decorating for Christmas specifically, ornaments and decorations can be picked up easily and are generally inexpensive. Fairy lights don’t belong on Christmas trees only – adding them around mirrors and windows will add some sparkle to your evenings. Place tea lights in mason jars, as they make very thrifty, cute candle holders. Decorations in silver and gold are perfect for adding twinkle and warmth.
Crafts such as handmade gift tags, wreaths, Christmas tree decorations and mason jar snow globes are easy to make and great for kids, too. If you make something like a wreath, which uses natural elements such as pine cones and greenery, be sure to keep the foliage fresh by spraying it with fresh mist every so often and replacing any wilting parts with fresh greenery. Keeping wreaths away from light and the fireside is also recommended if you wish to keep them greener for longer.
Embracing the magical and festive atmosphere of winter and Christmas can transform your home into a warm and inviting haven. Blankets and throws in your living room and bedroom will bring an extra layer of warmth as wrap up in hibernation mode. Beyond the decorative elements, the post-Christmas and springtime months provide an opportunity to declutter and reorganise – this makes this time of year perfect for making plans for the months ahead.
Thoughtful rearrangements, repairs, and careful reorganising can also bring a sense of relaxation. For Christmas, affordable and charming decorations, along with easy-to-make crafts, are ideal for adding a touch of sparkle and making your home a festive retreat for the season.