How to NOT Over-Do your Christmas Decorations

There are many ways and ideas that one can use to decorate our home for a Christmas. Basically, when decorating we try to save in the cost of things that we need. You might have noticed the houses in your neighborhood. The ones with so many lights that it looks more like a spaceship than a festive celebration. Some people might go crazy with lights and outdoor decorations just to show their holiday cheer or they’re in an alpha-male competition with their neighbors. However, anything from clothes to make-up will look good without looking overdone. Certainly, you can envy your neighborhood without going overboard with the decorations.

Things you’ll need:

  • Light bulbs
  • Ladder
  • A helper
  • Staple gun

Christmas Decorations


  1. First of all, keep your decorations in proportion. For example, if you have a mansion then a thousand of outdoor lights might be the perfect amount for you to decorate your estate. Meanwhile, for the rest of us, it is better to just think of your home as a drawing from a children’s book where you just need to color the lines not the whole house.
  2. Remember, too many lights, knick-knacks and electronic decorations could actually draw your eyes away from detail and makes the tableau of your home a noisy blur.
  3. Use the right amount of decorations to draw carolers’ eyes to areas you want them to see. You might know where making hot pepper sauce, there comes a point when putting too much into a sauce ruins it. The same way goes with lights, your home is the best showpiece, be sure to show off your home not the lights.
  4. Before you start putting up every color that’s on the rainbow, pick a color scheme. Multi-colored lights are advisable, however when you decide on the strings of colored lights, avoid using the blue, yellow, green and red lights. Choose either one of these colors or a couple complementary colors that could enhance one another, not compete.
  5. Also, do not forget to consider the amount of blinking lights you will use. Blinking lights could be fun and attractive at the same time, but it can be distracting if you use too many of them as if in a club.
  6. Bear in mind, your front-lawn needs to be elegant, not a bomb-in-yard light and motion explosion, which is why you don’t need to decorate everything in the front lawn, not everything needs to be covered by a string of lights.
  7. Lastly, do consider everything that you put up, as you are going to be one to take them down. So to save you some of the hassles down the line. Do think whether you really need to put ALL that decorations around the house. As we all know, a thousand lights screams overkill, as well as a high energy bill.

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