Got post-holiday décor blues? Houston designer shares tips to beat them

HOUSTON – If you dread taking down your holiday decorations, you’re not alone. It’s a big undertaking, and the house can feel empty and a bit sad when all of the festive décor is gone. Luckily, there are ways to make the task easier, while creating a clean slate in your living space that you’ll love. Pamela Hope Designs Principal Designer Pamela O’Brien has tips to help you get the job and give your home a fresh start for the new year.

“I was one of those kids that was so sad when tree went down,” said O’Brien. “As an adult...I would just dread it. I would wait a long time. If it was halfway through January, I was ashamed of myself, and I finally said, ‘There has to be a better way.’”

O’Brien then developed some strategies to make the chore less arduous and even a fun tradition for the whole family to enjoy.


Pamela Hope Designs Principal Designer Pamela O’Brien shares tips to help give your home a fresh start for the new year. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)
  • Give yourself enough time to get the job done. If it all seems too overwhelming, break it into little tasks over multiple days to make it more manageable.
  • Make it a party and get the whole family involved! Think of it as the last holiday hoorah before all the decorations go away. Play some holiday tunes and whip up some hot cocoa bombs to make cleaning feel merry and bright.
  • Be thoughtful about which holiday decorations you truly use and love. If your holiday decorations seem to multiply year after year, keep yourself in check by limiting the amount of storage bins you have and only keeping what fits.

Now, you may be looking at your empty house and feeling the urge to refill it with new decorations for spring. Hit pause on that and see why O’Brien says this blank canvas could be the fresh start you need to kickoff the new year.

“I find it very refreshing, and actually I was very excited Sunday afternoon when all of my holiday decor was stored,” said O’Brien.

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