Ever since I saw the movie “Elf” I’ve been wanting to make paper chains like this. (Haven’t you?) And every year I don’t get around to it. The holidays are like that–plans of perfection and the desire for dreamy; lots of hopes and visions of a movie-worthy season that turn into me, stuck in traffic for 40 minutes on December 23rd because I ran out of wrapping paper.
good enough is better than therapy
Sometimes it’s better to use some old newspaper for wrapping gifts than to try and make everything so impressive. And speaking of recycling and letting go of perfection, check out my idea for easy, green Christmas decorations. Every couple of days save any white paper from your recycle bin and cut it into strips.
pro tip: Re-purpose things for decoration.
Use homework papers from school, old grocery lists, packing slips from all of the Amazon orders you keep getting in the mail. Any white paper will work for a paper chain that would make Buddy proud. Less than perfect is so much better than nothing.
adding to the clutter?
I heard someone on the radio the other day saying they hesitate to decorate their home because it feels like adding a bunch of clutter to an already crowded room.
pro tip: For every holiday decoration you put out store an item of similar size.
You’ve heard the one-in-one-out rule. This can work for the Christmas tree, too. Take something out of the room–maybe a chair. My kids’ lego storage unit is the thing to go in our house. Which tells you how many Legos we have. (
too many a lot!)
If you have a lot of family photos in frames, or have some other collection on display year-round, consider putting them away for the month. Removing a collection will open up a lot of space and when you bring them back out, you’ll appreciate the items even more.
Finally, if you live in Hollywood and you’d like some extra elfin magic in your home this month, call me. I’ve got a workshop full of elves who can wrap, decorate, de-clutter, and organize for you. Delicious!
Those are all the tips I’m handing out today because I have got to get to wrappin’.