Is this your first year as a real grown-up with your own Christmas Tree? Or maybe you get frustrated every year that you aren't "doing it right". Check out Apartment Therapy's tree tutorial and get a beautifully decorated tree!
First things first: decide where you are going to put your tree. If you have a large front window, that's always a great location because you can share the joy of a sparkly, lit up tree with the neighborhood. Then measure the area to be sure your tree will fit, locate nearby outlets, and finally sweep or vacuum the area before bringing in the tree.
Next step is to spruce up your tree to make sure it looks its best. If you have an artificial tree, you need to fluff up the branches and unfold any that have flattened during storage. If you are going to have a real tree, examine it from every angle to find the best one. Trim the branches if necessary to have it looking its best.
Allow plenty of time to trim your tree. If you are rushed, you'll just be angry and turn what should be a fun activity into a chore. Even if it means living with a bare tree for a couple of days, it's worth it.
Alright, time to turn on some Christmas music, grab a warm beverage, and get started! First, lay out all your decorations, from ornaments to garlands to lights, to be sure that everything is in good order. If anything needs repair set it aside. Plug in all your lights and make sure they are working. If not, now is the time to make a run to the store for more!
Lights are next if you don't have a pre-lit tree. Plug all the lights together and plug them in the outlet. This will make them much easier to work with. If you can enlist a helper, stand on either side of the tree and pass off the string as you work. Begin at the base of the tree and work upwards. More lights are always better and use a sturdy stepstool to reach the top.
Add accessories like garland or ribbon next. Use as much as you want, there is no such thing as too much when it comes to tree decorating!
Now it's time for the ornaments, which should be evenly distributed top to bottom and around the tree. Make sure you assess the overall look often. The heaviest ornaments should be at the top where the branches are stronger.
Place a tree skirt or soft blanket at the base of the tree before you begin trimming so if an ornament falls, it will have a safe landing.
Once you're done, enjoy a cup of cocoa and bask in the light of your accomplishments! Or get to decorating the rest of your apartment by covering it in lights!