1) Take time when you're pulling out your decorations to reassess each piece. Do you still love it? Are the memories attached to it uplifting? Is it still in good condition? Do you have a place to honor it? If you answer no to any of these questions you may want to consider releasing the item. It may be tempting to just put it back in the box and not make a decision on it, but don't fall into that trap. it will continue to weigh you down even when it's packed away all year. If you aren't sure on an item, put it out with your decorations and pay attention to how you feel about it through the season. I guarantee you'll know what to do with it by the time you have to pack away the seasonal decor.
2) Instead of just adding holiday themed items to the mix and crowding all of your everyday decor out, put some things away for the season. This will help create space for you to truly honor the holiday pieces for the short time they're out. More importantly, it helps alleviate environmental clutter which can really impact how distracting and frantic the holiday season can feel. Less stimuli in your surrounding equals more calm throughout the season.
3) Be aware of the balance of elements as you add and subtract decor items. This is especially important as you arrange the focal points of your decor like a mantel, the tree or a dining table. It will look and feel better if all elements are represented: water, wood, earth, fire and metal.
Be deliberate about how you arrange your festive spaces and the whole holiday season will be more harmonious. It may even be calmer and more enjoyable for everyone!