Something about the general chaos of this year had me a little behind when it came to catching the Christmas spirit (I’m usually listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack in August so it was reallyyyy out of character). Determined to not let it pass me by, I decked the halls as soon as I returned home after Thanksgiving--within two hours of my plane landing, my apartment was basically ready for Santa to arrive.
This is my second Christmas living in my own apartment, so most of my decor has been purchased within the last year (or permanently borrowed from my parents--hi mom and dad!). Here are a few tips that I’ve learned from decorating on my own these last two years, and a few pictures of my space!
1. ADD SPARKLE | My history professor always stresses the importance of sparkle--and in no time is that more important than when decorating for Christmas! I’ve made the most of my small space by hanging lights around door frames--it makes walking around a little more festive. Stringing lights around mirrors is also a great way to add sparkle--and as a bonus, lights with bulbs labeled “warm white” provide incredibly flattering light if you choose to hang it around bathroom or vanity mirrors.
2. GO LIVE | I’d bought a few strands of reusable garland last year, and had already hung those before discovering the magic that is $6 live garland from Trader Joe’s! For a seriously reasonable price, live garland has a soft look and will make your home smell AMAZING--and you don’t have to worry about finding storage space come January. Live wreaths, poinsettias and flower arrangements are also fabulous ways to bring festive smells and sentiments inside (or out!).
. SAVOR THE SCENTS | I love the holiday season because it’s a multi-sensory experience--December means cozy sweaters, Christmas carols, sparkly lights and an excuse to indulge in sweets. I love to light pine candles (and stick pine-scented ornaments in my artificial tree--someday I won’t live in a third-floor apartment and will get a real tree!)--cozy scents and a little bit of extra sparkle! However, my favorite discovery this season has been Mrs. Meyer’s holiday scents--I constantly feel like I’m washing my hands with candy canes. Smells are so strongly associated with memory--I can't wait til next year when the joys and memories I'm living now are happy things to look back upon!
I hope these tips help you bring in a little more Christmas spirit and sparkle into your home--without adding extra clutter or breaking the bank. Merry Christmas from my little house to yours!
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