When you are getting ready for Christmas, the first thing you have in mind is how to decorate your home for the holidays. However, there are far too many mistakes that we commit when prepping the homes for the upcoming festivities.
Know the most common mistakes you could have done in the past and learn how to avoid them this year.
In your excitement to put together your theme for your décor, you forgot about the kids and pets. You should always keep in mind that pets and children tend to be more active and curious. They could be running around and knock over those glass displays or your chocolate lab might lick those fake snow you sprayed on your windows.
Twinkling lights and beautiful luminaries certainly creates a festive mood in the home. However, you have to make sure that you are not overloading your power sockets. Not only that, you should look out for protruding wires which could create accidents. Loose bulbs and overloading can cause electrical fires and electrical surge damage. Another reminder – don’t leave your lights on all night.
Décor should follow a specific theme. It doesn’t have to be about color motifs, you can experiment and stick to a flower, leafy or balls theme. Or maybe use recycled materials for decorations. You can mix and match your décor but always remember to stick to the main theme. You can accents all over the house but do not decorate each room differently.
One of the most common mistakes during Christmas is mixing up the presents. When you are wrapping the gifts, make sure you have gift tags and gift cards at hand. Immediately after wrapping the presents, write down the recipient’s name. It could be easy to forget which one goes to your niece and which one you should give to your husband.
The spirit of Christmas is not manifested in the number of candy canes, wreaths and Santa decors you have in and out of the house. What’s more important than the decorations is keeping your home safe for your family and loved ones. House fires caused by electrical shortages are common during the holidays so be careful.
And more than that, the spirit of Christmas is about giving and spending time with the people you love. So, with the yuletide season fast approaching, keep these common mistakes when you are decorating the home.
By Mary L. James