Some Holiday Cheer…and tips too!

Contemplating the meaning of the message on the pillow....

Nevermind the countless boxes of Christmas Cheer I have in storage, our small living room just won’t accomodate the Christmas Explosion I would love to have. (Step number 1 in keeping the Christmas Chao down- don’t be tempted to pull out ALL the boxes)

Choose a few favorites to use every year, like the pillow Quincy is inspecting. (Step number 2 – always having your favorites makes every year special)

When you open your gifts, throw away the paper immediately, making sure there aren’t any gifts hiding amongst the tissue. Better yet, use the same gift bags year after year or make bags from fabric. (Step number three – keep things low impact and clean up as you go)

We have a lovely fake plastic tree, but it still sheds, for those of you with live trees, remember to water and vacuum everyday! (Step number four – watering your tree helps it from catching on fire and making a mess that you really don’t want to clean up.)

What tips do you have for keeping your holidays neat and tidy? How do you decorate?

Disclaimer: I am sharing my holiday home decor and cleaning tips for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls and Great Cleaners.

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. We usually go to a candlelight service on Christmas and then let the kids open their presents–they stay up a little later and we ALL sleep in the next morning 🙂

  2. Vanessa Kowalski says:

    We keep all of our tree ornaments and the tree in the same box, which makes it really easy to pull everything out at once. Currently my nutcracker collection fits in one box, one for each of the twelve years I’ve been married, and those get set out on all of the flat surfaces in my living room and entryway. Our stockings, since we don’t have a mantelpiece, are hanging up on the wall on Command hooks, one for each of the three of us, and one for each of our puppies (not pups anymore, but still our little babies). Overall I don’t go too crazy, because my presents become part of the decor because I take a lot of time and care in wrapping them as beautifully as I can.

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