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7 Tips to Decorate For Christmas Without Clutter

This year I added a few things to my Christmas décor. It’s always fun to add a little bit more or a little bit new. Check out my blog post from last year: Neutral Christmas Décor - How I Decorate for the Holidays.

The following seven Christmas decorating tips are how I keep things in check each year and experience the joy of creating a beautiful Christmas home without breaking the bank or adding to the bulk of items I need to store.

Living Room Christmas Decorations Holiday Styling


Clutter-Free Christmas Decorating Tips

1. Decorate BEFORE buying anything new.

Sometimes we forget what Christmas decorations we already have or how much space we really have to work with. I like to get all my décor out before I let myself set foot in the holiday section at Target.

2. Change things up with items that don’t add a lot of bulk.

This year I added gold ribbon to my Christmas tree, candlesticks, and hanging from my mirror and wreaths. It added a fun touch of sophistication and color without a high cost or taking up a lot of space.

3. Invest in pieces that are classic and high quality.

This décor could be a garland and a tree you love. Those are the pieces that you will use through the years, while the little touches can be tweaked.

Living Room Christmas Decorations Holiday Styling Nativity


4. Use beautiful pieces you already have and add something with a holiday touch.

I put simple Christmas trees in pretty planters I already had, holiday stems in one of my favorite vases, and bulbs in a pretty bowl I use year-round. It makes the décor look more elevated but still adds a holiday touch.

5. Add twinkle lights.

Twinkle lights are such an inexpensive way to add literal twinkle everywhere. I love adding these to garlands, centerpieces, behind our nativity, and anywhere I can.

6. Be ruthless about donating or trashing.

Throw out anything you have grown tired of and won’t be using again. Having a curated collection of holiday décor makes decorating for Christmas so much easier. There is less to store and less to think about. Plus, set up and take down is so much easier if the things you are managing are all things you use and love.


Christmas Decorations and Stockings Hanging From a Fireplace


7. Be intentional about where in your home you want Christmas.

We do a small tree in each of our kids’ rooms. This year we also added some fun holiday touches to our primary bedroom. I was very conscious of what I was bringing in because I knew I would need to store it. But a garland and a couple of trees, pillows, a green throw, and cute flannel red and white windowpane sheets were enough to bring the holiday into our bedroom.


Here are my favorite Christmas décor pieces this year:




Jen is the founder of Reset Your Nest, a Professional Home Organizing business in Utah (Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, Logan, Utah County, and St. George), California (Bay Area, Los Gatos, Hillsborough, Atherton, San Jose), Denver, CO, and Phoenix, AZ. She loves creating order and systems out of chaos. Her specialty is finding a way to continue the aesthetic of any home to every cupboard and drawer. She shares her tips and tricks on Instagram @reset_your_nest.


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