INSIDE: Welcome back to the 30 Days to a Stress-Free Christmas challenge! Today is all about doing your Christmas decorations on a budget. It might be tempting to new buy lots of new decorations this year but guess what? You don’t need to! And in today’s challenge, I’m sharing what you can do instead. Let’s find out what it is!
Deck the halls…
Today is Day 9 of the 30 Days to a Stress-Free Christmas challenge and it’s all about one of the most fun parts of Christmas…the decorations! Before we dive in though, I have a question for you…how did you get on with yesterday’s packing list challenge? Did writing down everything you need to take away with you help?
I know it does for me. When it’s time to pack there’s a lot less for me to think about…and there’s no added stress or worry about forgetting something too. Especially as my youngest and I both have food intolerances and dietary issues and my Hubby and I both have medication that we need to take every day. Accidentally leaving those things behind would totally stress me out!
Having a packing list to add things to as and when I think of them makes going to stay with friends and family SO much easier to prepare for. And it will be for you too.
Okay, onto today’s challenge…let’s talk decorations!
Challenge #9: Do your Christmas decorations on a budget…
So many tempting shiny things…
I don’t know about you but I LOVE wandering around my local garden centre checking out all the trees and decorations they have on sale. EVERYTHING sparkles and it all looks so magical. It makes me feel SO Christmassy! It also makes me want to start afresh with my decorations and buy everything they’re selling. BUT, I’ve finally learned to resist the urge!
It’s SO easy to get caught up in the moment, to be tempted by all the shiny baubles and fancy lights. To want to make our homes look like Santa’s grotto. Trust me, I’ve been there! But if we’re not careful we can get carried away spending an absolute fortune on decorations we don’t really need.
And so, your challenge today is twofold…
First, I want you to promise yourself you won’t get distracted by all the amazing Christmas displays, pretty catalogue pictures and Pinterest perfect images of beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
Because the reality is those images are designed to make you feel like what you already have isn’t good enough. They’re designed to make you want to spend when you don’t need to.
Chances are there’s nothing wrong with the decorations you already have and the money you’re tempted to spend could probably be better spent elsewhere. Which brings me on to the second and main part of today’s challenge…
I want you to do your Christmas decorations on a budget this year…
I’ve used the word ‘budget’ not because I don’t want you to spend and buy lots of nice new decorations, but because you don’t need to. I promise you your house does not have to look Pinterest-worthy in order to have an amazing Christmas!
I love decorating my house in a slightly different way each year, but I don’t spend a fortune doing it. I’ve finally learned that no matter how much I might want to buy all the brand-new shiny baubles, I don’t need to. There are plenty of ways to make your house feel Christmassy that don’t break the bank. It’s perfectly possible to do your Christmas decorations on a budget without compromising on look. And that’s what today’s challenge is all about.
I want you to spend a bit of time thinking about the decorations you already have. How you could re-purpose them? How you could do things a little differently without heading to the shops? How could you do your Christmas decorations on a budget this year?
Here’s how I do my Christmas decorations on a budget…
There are plenty of ways to make your home feel and look Christmassy without spending a fortune. Here are just some of the things I do each year to decorate my home without breaking the bank at Christmas:
- I put my Christmas tree in a different place or in a different room.
- I change where we put our Christmas garland…some years it’s on the conservatory windowsill, other years I put it on the lounge windowsill or I wrap it around the bannister.
- I pick just one colour scheme instead of using everything.
- My youngest makes decorations for the tree.
- I frame my favourite Christmas quotes or pretty Christmas-themed wrapping paper in front of my regular photos.
- I do a decoration swap with friends or family.
How will you do your Christmas decorations on a budget this year?
If you’re finding it hard to get inspired, hopefully these ideas will help! Why not check out these posts, they have lots of great ideas for doing your Christmas decorations on a budget too.
- Budget Christmas decorating ideas from Ideal Home.
- 29 Splendid Ideas on How to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget from Architecture Lab.
- 18 Ideas to Decorate Your Home for Christmas on a Budget from Holidappy.
- Seasonal Simplicity Home Tour from Just a Girl and Her Blog.
Want more ideas on how to do your Christmas decorations on a budget – as well as lots of other posts to help you with your Christmas planning? Check out and follow my Christmas board on Pinterest!
That’s it for today!
I’ll be back tomorrow with challenge #10 of 30 Days to a Stress-Free Christmas challenge. In the meantime, good luck doing your Christmas decorations on a budget. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts for this challenge if you haven’t done so already too!
- Day 1: Let’s Get Your Christmas Planning Started!
- Day 2: What Gifts to Buy?
- Day 3: Get Organised for Christmas.
- Day 4: Write Out Your Christmas Budget.
- Day 5: Take a Break and Have a Well-Earned Rest!
- Day 6: Declutter Your Child’s Bedroom.
- Day 7: Winter Prep Your House and Car.
- Day 8: Start a Packing List.
That’s it for this post! How will you do your Christmas decorations on a budget this year? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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