I have friends who love the holidays but don’t decorate their homes because they say their houses are too small and there isn't enough room.
If we can decorate for the holidays in 480-square feet, then you can too. The trick is not making it look overdone or cluttered.
Here are some tips I've learned over the years:
- Remove a small piece of furniture that is not critical to living. This may be difficult since the trick to living in a clutter-free small home anytime of the year is only having things that have a purpose. But remember, this is only for a month or so. Can you live without a desk or one of your nightstands? If you can’t remove the piece completely, get a tabletop tree and use the piece of furniture for your stand.
- Do decorations that speak to your small space. I can’t have the 6 foot tree we had in our larger house in the city, so we choose a small artificial tree that looks like it came straight from our woods.
- Choose a theme. My tree in the city was a hodgepodge of different ornaments I had collected over the years. My holiday décor in Our Little House, like the décor throughout the year, has a central theme. This is especially important since most spots in your home can be seen from each room.
- Go simple. Small hand towels in the bathroom, holiday themed nightlights, placemats on the table, candles.
- Go all out outdoors. The key to enjoying a small space is our outdoor living space, and this holds true with holiday décor. We put up lights that glow in our woods at night (on timers, so as not to waste electricity), small wreaths on the doors, red bells and garland and ribbons on the deck rails.
How do you decorate a small space for the holidays?