(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.
When it comes to decorating, consider these time-saving strategies for turning your home into a fuss-free winter wonderland.
Get Organized Early
If your seasonal décor is stowed away in the garage or attic, dust it off and get it untangled before the day you plan to do your actual decorating. Locating these items and getting them prepped to be strung and hung may be a job in and of itself, so don’t get overwhelmed by trying to make it all happen in one day.
Make it a Group Effort
There are plenty of responsibilities you can dole out to different members of the family to make decorating more fun for everyone involved. While certain tasks may not be for everybody, such as those that require getting on a ladder, kid-friendly tasks include creating googly-eyed reindeer ornaments for the tree and stringing garlands to the banister.
Use New Tools
New tools are available that can help simplify holiday decorating. For example, Treemote, a wireless, user-friendly Christmas-tree shaped remote, can control holiday lights up to 80 feet away -- so you can skip crawling under or behind your tree to turn lights on and off in the morning and at night. While this tool is ideal around the holidays, it can also be used year-round on hard-to-reach lights and appliances, making it a great stocking stuffer for your decorator-in-residence. To learn more, visit Treemote.com.
Make it Fun
Make decorating fun by creating a festive atmosphere. Create a playlist of all your favorite holiday tracks to enjoy as you decorate. Pop a tray of cookies into the oven. When the decorating is over, reward yourself by curling up and watching a favorite holiday movie.
There’s no reason why decorating needs to feel like a chore. Simple strategies can make decking the halls not only easy, but fun.