Creating a sense of peace and calm before the celebrations is a good place to start. A regular shifting of the home environment always creates a nice energy and movement, especially as we get ready to welcome in a new year. This is the perfect time to get rid of anything that’s not working for you anymore so that festive adornments add to the ambiance rather than create clutter.
Sometimes less is more. To avoid a cluttered, over-busy look, take a bookcase or a shelf, clear it of its everyday items and then turn it into a display of all your most treasured festive items — candles, vases, lights, ornaments, bowls filled with fruit or sweets, garlands and photographs —or perhaps a stunning new piece. Choose those new items you will treasure year round, not just in the holiday. Perhaps they can be placed elsewhere in the house, or put to a different use, throughout the year.