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Decorate for the Holidays

The holidays are here, and we are ready to “deck the halls”! You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to add some holiday sparkle to your apartment– simple changes can make a big impact with very little effort. Use these tips to achieve maximum “merry”!

Save Your Walls. Command strips are your best friend! Most of us know that command strips can be used to hang pictures and decorations without the need to put holes in your walls, making them perfect for decorating your apartment and saving your security deposit! Door hangers are great for hanging wreaths on the exterior or interior doors. Find them in the bathroom aisle at your local store. They will be durable in rain and snow, and unlike a command strip, they can be used year after year.

Decorate with Practical Items. One of the most annoying parts of decoration is the way it can add to clutter. While we may want beautiful holiday displays on every horizontal surface, it can be easy to be overwhelmed with pumpkins and tiny snowman statues. Try decorating with items that you actually use, including themed plates, cups, cookie jars, placemats, and other kitchen items. Not only will they add decorative touches, but they can also be useful. If you hang up your coffee cup, hang some seasonal coffee cups for decoration and use for your coffee, hot chocolate, or apple cider.

Change Your Fabrics. One of the easiest ways to decorate for the holidays is to swap out the fabric accents in your home. Change up your couch pillows and dish towels for some subtle festive touches that can you can vary with the seasons and holidays. Put a festive doormat outside your door to welcome visitors to your home! Put out new throw blankets or perhaps even change your curtains to a seasonal color that will highlight your decorations and bring a room together.

Be Storage Smart. Finding storage for your holiday decorations can be a challenge in any home. Keep storage in mind when you shop for decorations – ask yourself, can this item collapse, nest or stack easily so it takes up less space? You can wrap fragile items in your holiday fabrics and dish towels to make storing them more efficient and prevent chipping or breaking. Consider multi-use items that can be altered for multiple seasons and holidays such as wreaths with removable decorations that can be changed for the holidays.

Above all else, decorate as a way to celebrate the season and share your joy! Decorating should be fun, not a chore, so pull out your favorite things and spread some cheer.