Christmas is fast approaching and over the next few weeks more people will be reaching for the decorations and transforming their homes for the festive season. However, once the endless amounts of presents are bought and the final headcount for Christmas lunch is taken, panic can soon set in as to where everything and everyone will go!
Fear not though, we have some suggestions which can help you to re-invent and save space so that everyone can enjoy the mulled wine, mince pies and turkey dinner around the Christmas tree this year!
Tis the season to be jolly…
First of all, make a plan. This is always useful and will be your starting point. Having a plan of where you need to clear, decorate or seat people can make things much easier and less stressful when your home becomes filled with tinsel, the extended family and an abundance of new games and toys.
Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree…
The Christmas tree is often the focal point of a room, but it is not always necessary to have a large tree in the living room for there to be a warm and festive ambience. For those who have smaller homes, try putting Christmas tree branches into vases and decorating them with baubles for a bright and creative touch.
For those who prefer to have something bigger, upside down Christmas trees are perfect to save space and also create more floor room. Guests will love the contemporary look and you can even surprise them with your general knowledge, by sharing this little fact… Upside down trees actually derive from German traditions, where people had very small houses and hung their trees from ceilings!
Make room for the turkey
For most people, Christmas is not Christmas without the turkey and all the trimmings. Make sure you plan ahead and keep organised so food storage space will not be a problem. Also in the run up to the big day, make sure you use up the food in the fridge and freezer and when shopping only buy the essentials. This can also help save money as well as making space.
When serving food on Christmas day, consider display tiers for side dishes and smaller desserts, it will ensure more space on the table for you and your guests.
O come all ye faithful…
Christmas is the perfect time to have a clean out in the spare room. Start by making some space in the wardrobe as its always nice to accommodate any unexpected guests. Sofa beds are always a really good idea if you don’t have room for a bed, they’re also a great place for the little ones to nap after playing with their new toys.
And when it’s all over…
Christmas passes as quickly as it comes, so make things easier for yourself next year by packing your festive decorations up in to boxes, organised by each room to make them easier to find next year.
Planning ahead is key, so we recommend saving egg boxes, cardboard drink holders or plastic food containers for free and easy ornament storage. This will also allow you to keep boxes neat, preventing any unfortunate breakages meaning you won’t have to replace anything next year.