The holidays are right around the corner, and for many of us, that means it’s time to “deck the halls” and start decorating your apartment for the season! You don’t have to be a “Master of Merry” to give your apartment some holiday sparkle – simple changes can make a big difference with just a little effort. Use these tips to get maximum impact (with minimal effort).
Swap Out Your Fabrics
One of the easiest holiday decorating changes to make is to swap out the fabric accents we all have around our homes. Exchange things like couch pillows and dish towels to give your home subtle festive touches that can easily change with the seasons and holidays. Use a festive doormat to welcome visitors to your home! Change your throw blankets or even curtains to a seasonal color to help bring your whole apartment decoration together.
Protect Your Walls
Command strips are an apartment resident’s best friend! By now, everyone knows command strips can be used to hang pictures and decorations without needing to put holes in your wall, perfect for decorating your apartment and saving your security deposit! Another great tool is door hangers. These can easily be found in the bathroom aisle at your local store and are great for hanging wreaths on the exterior or interior doors. They will hold up against the elements like rain and snow better than a command strip and can be used over and over again year after year.
Use Practical Items
One of the hardest things to deal with when decorating an apartment is the clutter. We want beautiful holiday displays on every horizontal surface, but can soon find ourselves overwhelmed with pumpkins and tiny snowman statues. One tip is to decorate with items that you actually use, so the holiday cheer becomes helpful as well! Themed plates, cups, cookie jars, placemats, and other kitchen items add decorative touches and can be used during holiday parties. Seasonal coffee cups can be left on the counter for decoration and used for your coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider. Use a holiday-themed maildrop box to collect Christmas cards.
Be Smart About Storage
Finding storage in your apartment can be difficult any time of year and storing holiday decorations is no exception. Keeping storage in mind while shopping for decorations is always a good place to start. Ask yourself, can this item collapse, nest or stack easily so it takes up less room? Use the fabric items mentioned in our first tip, such as dish towels and blankets, to wrap more fragile items to avoid chipping and breaking. Consider multi-use items that can be changed for multiple seasons and holidays; such as door wreaths that can have decorations removed and added in order to change it for the holidays.
Above all, the most important thing to remember is to decorate to make yourself happy and as a way to celebrate the holidays. Decorating should be fun, not a chore! So pull out your favorite things and spread some cheer.