Whenever a holiday rolls around, it means decoration time. As a stay-home mom chasing 3 kids (and donkeys and chickens and alpacas) I don't have a ton of time to mess around... trying to find that perfect spot for a colored egg or porcelain bunny. My number-one time saver is being organized. For this holiday, that means every box in my basement that contains Easter decorations ONLY contains Easter decorations. My boxes are labeled and they all sit on the same shelf so when Ash Wednesday rolls around, I'm ready to get my Easter on.
It's so much fun unpacking all of the boxes. It's been a year since any of these decorations have seen the light. It's almost like Christmas - carefully unwrapping each item, trying to remember everything that was packed away. As I unwrap each decoration, different thoughts race through my mind - I remember this... I can't believe I still have this... What was I thinking!!!
Now that I have a counter full of bunnies and eggs, it's time to bust out my decorations book. The book I use is called 'Project Life' by Becky Higgins. Project Life is great because the page protectors have multiple pockets for pictures and printed cardstock. You can buy kits with themed cardstock that fit right into your page protectors. This makes organizing your photos all the more fun and easy. My book holds pictures of every decoration for every holiday and illustrates exactly where they go in my house. I just page through and place my Easter decor in their appropriate places.
An easy decoration I do for most holidays are decorative pillows. I only buy the pillowcase and swap them out for each season. Super effective, and they take up minimal storage space.
Another thing I do is try to keep some of my kid's school projects for decorations. They grow up way too fast and I want to hold on to any piece of their childhood that I can. Putting these projects out puts a smile on my face, and somehow freezes time - allowing me to reminisce of the time my teenage boys were little.
Seriously - how cute is this Last Supper made out of an egg carton!
I always decorate my kitchen and mudroom, living room, and entryway. These are the main areas of our home and they get the most traffic. My decorating sometimes spills into other areas of our home, but for Easter and the smaller holidays, I like to keep it simple. After all, I'll be taking all this down in 40 days!
So there you have it. My house fully decorated in only a couple of hours. Remember to update your photos periodically to keep your binder up to date. Happy decorating!
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