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How to Have Big Holiday Cheer in a Small Space

Decorating for the holiday season is one of the best parts of having your own space, but what do you do when you don’t have a whole lot of space to work with? Even if you can’t stuff an 8-foot Christmas tree in your apartment, there are still plenty of ways to bring big holiday cheer to your small space–just follow the tips below!

  1. A Christmas tree adds a lot of cozy cheer to a space, it’s true, but it doesn’t have to be huge to make things merry and bright. Many grocery stores and live-tree sellers have table top-sized real trees, and stores with seasonal sections will often have small artificial trees. Just grab some lights and enjoy the glow!
  2. If a tree is simply out of the question, try hanging some ornaments by various lengths of ribbon from your curtain rods, then drape the lights across the top of the window and down the sides. Light an evergreen-scented candle (like Thyme’s Frasier Fir scent), and you’ve practically got the real deal.
  3. Keep in mind that the smaller your space, the quicker it can seem cluttered, stuffed and messy. Adding holiday decorations to your regular decorations can start to look a little crazy, so retire some of the things you have out all year before adding some well-placed holiday things. If you’re not sure where to store everything that isn’t in use, get some low-profile storage boxes that fit under your bed. When the season’s over you can put your holiday decorations there instead!
  4. Another way to save space but still decorate is to replace household items you use all the time with holiday versions. Salt and pepper shakers, pot holders, dish towels, dishes, mugs, napkins – you name it, there’s probably a holiday version of it.
  5. Pinterest has lots of great ideas, but even if you don’t love DIY, consider this inexpensive and super-easy idea: Group several decorations together in a holiday display for your dining table or coffee table. This could be a glass bowl of round ornaments next to a couple mason jars filled with small pine branches and pine cones. Tie everything together with a little faux-snow or some big ribbon to really highlight the season.
  6. It’s not only about the sights – there’s plenty of cheer to be had from the smells and tastes of the season, too! Whether it’s a cinnamon candle or some holiday baking straight from your oven, pair it with some hot cocoa and a Christmas movie night with friends and you’ll be just about as cozy as you can get.
  7. Don’t forget the outside! Hang a wreath and lay out a festive welcome mat to set the tone before people even enter your little winter wonderland.