During the holidays, you can probably find me: organizing the playroom to see what my kids don't need, forgetting where I put the elf-on-the-shelf, or...compulsively decorating. 

I mean, decorating for the holidays is a real sport. A strenuous one. Have you ever given so much side eye in a Target aisle because the last set of bright ornaments was between you and another woman? (who was also wearing yoga pants and tennis shoes...because we come prepared). 

How about having to choose between a strand of white berry garland OR the most recent photo of your family on the wall? Just because it doesn't go with the color scheme? Ummm.....yeah.

This year, I got ahead of the game and decided to start decorating before Thanksgiving. I'm not trying to shame you if you haven't thought about it yet. I wanted to start in September but my husband wouldn't let me. 

Here's what I've been up to...

COLOR BLOCK TREE



It started with iPhone apps, now it's my tree. There's nothing like a little ROYGBIV to soothe a type-A soul. I'm voting it becomes a permanent fixture. I know, I should stop while I'm ahead. 

To get this look, you definitely need a white tree. No question. The contrast with the colored bulbs is what it's about.

Also, don't be afraid to play around with ornaments of different textures and shapes...as long as it sticks in the same color scheme. 

And, YES. I DID spend a solid hour or more of my precious time making sure that the colors lined up perfectly. I’ve already warned each of my children, on separate occasions, that switching up any of the colors is off-limits (in case you were wondering.) 

 


White Tree

White Faux Fur Tree Skirt

Quilted X Pattern Tree Skirt

Ball Ornaments

Ombre Felt Ornaments

Glass Rainbow Ornament

Patterned Ornament Set

Herringbone Ornament Set

DINING DECOR



Sooo....I don't know how to cook. But I do have a theory that if the table looks good, it makes the food taste better. I would like a fact check on that, though. Just in case. 

The key to holiday table decor is to keep it simple yet styled. For Thanksgiving, I went with crisp whites and greens with metallic accents. It's minimal and could easily be more warm or seasonal with just a change of florals. 

LINENS 

I used a patterned table runner I've had forever but this striped one here will work, too. A plain white tablecloth would make the table decor blend in so it's important to have a pattern for texture and depth. 

CENTERPIECE

Here's the thing about centerpieces: you can have more than one. The white floral arrangement and mercury candlesticks/votives were my focus point. 

The only rule is to create different heights with floral arrangements, votives, and candlesticks, depending on where the place settings are. 

Nothing. Is. Worse than trying to have a conversation with your great-aunt Harriet through a giant vase of flowers. 

SERVINGWARE: 

Also, dinnerware, flatware, you know what I mean. I mixed and matched with a colored goblet and patterned plates. It added another layer of texture and still stuck with the color scheme (which I love.)

PLACE SETTINGS

I added personalized place settings with these charcoal holders and fabric card stock I found at Target. I've gotta say...you've done it again with this Hearth & Hand collection, Target! (We live for you.) 

 

Gilded Serving Platter

Patterned Glass Goblet

Stoneware Dessert Plate

Striped Table Runner

White Ceramic Vases

Mercury Glass Pillar Holders

Glass and Metal Taper Candle Holder

Mercury Votive Set

Manzanita Candelabra

Place Card Holder

HOME DECOR



For the areas we entertain in, I like to keep it warm and inviting. 

Like, for example...

Now that I live in Nashville, I HAD to get this Howdy welcome mat. WHAT IS MORE FRIENDLY?! I wish it came naturally in my vocabulary but that's something I'm working on, y'all. 

The room where we entertain is the room where the traditional tree goes. It wasn't all rainbows this year, people. The only decor I added was white ceramic bud vases, glass Christmas trees for the tables, faux fur, a few seasonal pillows, and wreathes for the doors.  

 

Deer Throw Pillow

Bear Throw Pillow

Faux Fur Pillow

Glass Trees

House Bud Vases

Wreath

Xo Clea

Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

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Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

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Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

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Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

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What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

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