Rubber gloves is not just for doing dishes, I like to use them when I'll be handling glass, dish ware in and out of the dish washer.
Once I decide to have a party during the holidays, I go shopping around my home and begin pulling out glassware. Next, the dishwasher.
Before you take the dishware out of the dishwasher, make sure you have a place to put the dishes.
Soup bowls are great to have at gatherings, especially when you may want to serve a Sea food Soup or Chili. This set even comes with a matching cover.
Some Holiday Mugs like these are just to pretty to end up in the sink. My sister Karen sent me this photo of how they're displayed in her kitchen. I could see why!
These mugs are suited for both the Fall and winter seasons. Whether you're coming in after raking leaves, or from shoveling snow, it's nice to have a Hot Cup of Chocolate greet you at the door!
Glass punch bowls and mugs are still the "IN" at parties. It's not just because of the beauty and glass cut, but it's what you fill it with that can't be duplicated anywhere else.
This glass container is where I store my dried oranges, lemons, and lime pieces that I use for my potpourri pots.
Look how easy it is to dress up a drink! This also makes a great idea to take as a "Home Warming."
Decorating with glass has for holiday decor, has gotten easier. Just adding colorful bulbs adds a touch of elegance.
This is my little wall decor that I added over the wallpaper next to coat closet. We never hug our keys their, although it was an option. Instead, I hung two little country style hearts from a totally different set.
I like to coordinate metals with compatible textures. Keeping it monotone is fine, but when you add a touch of color, like the red collar in my picture, and the red bird in the bird house, it adds interest.
Before you put ornaments on your tree, separate them by color, then shape, size, and texture. This will give you a nice balance. Place your decorations, in random diamond style: top, bottom, left, and right.
Placing battery operated candles in decorative candle holders will make them look more interesting. Scented wax candles whether lit, or on a candle warmer is a perfect idea to keep your home fragrant.
I've used more glass in my decor the last few years, since my children are older. These candle holders with the candle in tact, was marked down at AC Moore Crafts because of the minor imperfection!
The sky is the limit! I experiment with just about everything decorative, it's my nature! Unless I love, love, love it to the point at I don't want to change it, "It will be replaced with another idea!"
This sign matches the house, but my Hubby always tells me not to put it up because he doesn't want it to snow. I understand fully, when it snows he and the boys have to go out to shove, often, regularly, not me!
I use these containers to put small Christmas items like ornament hooks batteries, Christmas light bulbs, tea light candles, you get the idea. Hardware you may need during the holiday in a neat tin.
Whether it's Christmas bulbs, fuses, 3-prong plugs, or extension cords, keep them handy, all holiday long. Last year, I hung up a string of lights that were previously working. When I plugged it in, a bulb blew!
Pull all of the hardware supplies you'll need for projects, and put them in a bin, box, or container. I keep various containers filled with supplies, handy. I also duplicate items in separate containers so I can grab either.
I like to be comfy, cozy when I work, I call myself, "The Domestic Diva!"
This is the easiest part when organizing your ornaments. Take out all your favorites and display them in front. Don't discard your not-so-perfect ornaments, use then to cover oven areas in the tree that need filling.
I plan while I'm doing. This way if I get a thought, I can act on it, and reduce the instance of leaving out something that could be an integral piece. Wash dishes and linen you'll need, then store them separately.
It may seem like a hassle, but it's easier then getting out of your comfort zone and creative environment, get dressed, go out in the cold, get distracted, and not be able to go back to what you were doing.