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Decorating Small Spaces for the Holidays

Small Space, Big Holiday Spirit: Your Go-To Guide

We’ve all been there – wrestling an oversized pine tree into a small space, and then tripping over baubles and tinsel for months after the festivities end. It’s enough to make you feel like the Grinch, right? I’ll help you figure out decorating small spaces for the holidays.

Holiday season. Upper view of unhappy trendy female in sparkle gold sequin santa hat sitting on divan in the modern living room at Christmas holding tangled christmas lights.

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Well, guess what? It doesn’t have to be this way, and I’m going to show you how. Let’s discover how to optimize those intimate spaces we call home for the holidays, and how to store everything neatly once the celebrations wind down. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and tackle holiday decorating one simple step at a time.

Step 1: Simplify Your Decor
First things first, you’ve got to remember that decorating is about creating memories, not maximizing decor. How about becoming a tactful selector of festive cheer, picking just a few high-quality pieces that can serve double-duty as year-round decor?

Beautiful mistletoe wreath on white background.
This beautiful mistletoe wreath can be adorned with seasonal festive pieces for different seasons throughout the year.

For example, dress your door with a minimalist wreath featuring just one or two accents. At the same time, consider a small wooden deer or a delicate snow globe—both ideal alternatives to an all-out winter landscape. And fairy lights? They’re fair game all year round when gracefully draped around a mirror or a headboard.

Step 2: Use Versatile Decor
Now, think about decor that can transition past the holiday season. Nature gives us a boundless supply of versatile elements—branches, cones, or a few evergreen sprouts. These can blend into any decor and can be positioned in any vase, jar, or basket you already own.

Young pretty woman with red knitted sweater and grey skirt holding in her hands vintage mint watering pot with Christmas fir branches decorated with gold balls.

Another good tip is to use ornaments in unusual places. For example, string them across a window pane, hang them from a mantelpiece, or scatter them across a table setting. And candles, if you’re a fan, pick festive colors or shapes that fit in well even past the holiday season.

Step 3: Engage All Senses
Engaging all the senses brings the holiday spirit alive, and here’s how. Scented candles or wax melts infuse your place with a holiday spirit that’s every bit as potent as the biggest tree. One of my favorite tricks is to have a crock pot filled with my hot apple cider spiked with rum. Guests love it, I love it, and it disappears every time!

Hollowed out apples filled with hot apple cider, a cinnamon stick and star anise on a darker wicker tray with a mental part in the middle. There are cinnamon sticks crossed on the bottom right as well.

And let’s not forget about holiday tunes, which can set your space a-humming with holiday spirit.

Step 4: Smart Storage
Finally, the perfect ending to the holiday season is easy storage. Flat-pack boxes and vacuum bags are ultra-space-savers that can shrink decorations down to stowable size. Don’t be afraid to repurpose everyday items like shoeboxes or jars, for storage—there’s no need for special gear.

Even decor items can be clever storage solutions. Those large holiday baskets make perfect homes for storing compact decorations while looking stylish in your space.

The Reward
With these four steps, not only will your small space become a big testament to the holiday spirit, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the holiday season without worrying about the aftermath. When the New Year rolls in, you’ll rest easy knowing you won’t trip over the remnants of Christmas past.

So while your merry space may be compact, it’s all about how you spark joy with it.

Cheers to making your cozy space a reflection of the holiday spirit, embodying fullness, comfort, and millions of possibilities. Through creativity and mindful choices, “making simple beautiful” becomes the order of emboldening festive preparations. Your small space can splendidly grow with the holiday spirit and make way for moments of joy and love.

Sounds like a wonderful project, doesn’t it? So why wait? Populate your small spaces with big holiday cheer — you can definitely pull this off!

It’s proof that big things come in small packages.

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