Deck the Halls with Simplicity in Just an Hour

If you’ve got plenty of holiday spirit but are short on time, you’re probably wondering when you’re going to decorate. Don’t despair! You don’t need to decorate every surface to get the warm glow of the season. It’s easy to decorate the seven key spots in just about an hour.

Simple decorations are elegant and easy. Plan ahead by getting organized. You can pull a few things from your stored holiday decorations or pick up some new items at the store. The rest you can grab when you grocery shop.

Ready. Set. Decorate

You’ll need to gather up the following items to decorate the top seven spots in your home:

  • Wreath and hanger
  • Holiday doormat
  • Garland
  • Assorted ornaments
  • Ribbon and scissors
  • Long strand of lights
  • Light suction cups
  • Bags of red and green apples
  • Box of candy canes
  • Box of individually wrapped gingerbread men or other sweets
  • Small poinsettia

Put on some holiday music and light a few candles to set the mood. Now you’re ready to deck your halls!

Deck Out the Door

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Start at the front door to give your home a holiday welcome. Sweep the porch and replace your traditional doormat for a festive one. Hang your wreath on the door using a wreath hanger, suction cup or removable adhesive hook.

Light up the Living Room


Hang some lights inside your front window. Use tiny suction cups designed to hold lights to affix your strand of lights around the edge of the glass of your front window, then plug it in.

Move on to your mantle. Or, if you don’t have a fireplace, use this same technique to decorate another focal point, like the top of a bookcase or entertainment center. You can use a lit or unlit garland. Arrange your garland over the mantle. If it’s long, you can let it hang down on both sides or fold it in half and use it doubled across the top. Use a number of your ornaments to give the garland some glamor. Just tuck them in among the greenery.

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For your coffee table, grab a favorite serving-size bowl. It could be a wooden salad bowl, a clear glass bowl, a piece of pottery or even a long tray. Place it on the table and fill it with a selection of your favorite ornaments.

Decorate the Dining Room


Clear off your dining table and place the poinsettia on the table as a centerpiece. You might want to set the pot on a plate to protect your table from any moisture. Then, use ribbon to tie a bow around the back (or on the top posts) of each chair.

Continue in the Kitchen


Place a large basket or bowl on the kitchen table or in the middle of the island. Fill it full of a mix of red and green apples. On the countertop, use your gingerbread cookies and candy canes as a fun touch. Fill glass canisters or jars with the treats, then tie a festive bow around the middle of each jar.

Don’t Forget Gifts


It’s not the holidays without gaily wrapped packages. Use the ones you bought and wrapped as a part of your decorations. Pile them in an armchair in the living room or nestle them into your bookcase. Wherever you gather them, they’re sure to be a bright addition.

In just a short amount of time, your home is ready for the holiday season. What are some of your tips for quick holiday decorating? You can find a wide assortment of decoration options at Home Depot. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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Lea Schneider is a nationally recognized organizational expert and journalist who writes for The Home Depot. As an acclaimed professional organizer, Lea’s organizing advice has appeared on many websites as well as in publications including The Washington Post, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Consumer Reports, and Better Homes and Gardens.

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