Yes! While it may not be the easiest time of the year to do so, it’s still possible! Look at it this way – if people are looking for a new house at Christmas, they are REALLY serious. I know the next thought you’re thinking – “But you told us not to have personal items out while we’re selling our house – how can I decorate for Christmas then?” You can still decorate for Christmas, you just have to make a few
changes in HOW you decorate.
Here are a few helpful hints to keep your halls decked and your elves in a row!
Put Your Cards in a Box
Your mailbox is stuffed with holiday greetings. But this isn’t the year to display those adorable family photocards (or any cards at all!). Remember, rule one is to depersonalize a home for sale. Follow this rule by choosing a decorative box or basket in which to keep holiday cards and greetings. The receptacle doesn’t need to scream Christmas. Something attractive and neutral will do; then line it with a red or green (or whatever your holiday colors are) cloth napkin. When it’s just you and family – or your guests – leave the box open for perusal. But when prospective buyers are on the way, put a lid on it!
Have a Plan
This one goes for adults as well as children! Review “Christmas lists” and decide where presents will go after they are opened? Does your husband have a telescope on his list? Then find a place for it to be artfully displayed (and out of the way) come December 26! Are your little ones expecting more little toys (action figures, dolls, Legos, etc.)? How about doing a little pre-Christmas cleaning to make room in their rooms (or playrooms) for new toys? Donate the ones they’ve outgrown as a lesson in generosity and giving. Ask friends and relatives to keep gifts small so you don’t have to find places for many newfound and unexpected treasures and so that you won’t have to move them!
Keep your Christmas celebration merry and bright by cleaning as your go. Have two bags at the ready – one for recycling and one for trash. As gifts are unwrapped, file the refuse accordingly. And be sure to breakdown those boxes right away! Nothing says mess (and excess) like a bunch of empty packaging. Need a diagram or instructions? Remove them from the package and file them in a basket or box like the one you used for the Christmas cards (it’s a great spot for batteries too!). In the days to come, you can sort at what you need to keep and what’s already been assembled and mastered.