Douglas firs might be evergreen (especially the plastic kind), but you can’t exactly deck the halls year-round. Soon, the weather will be warming up, and you’ll be itching to start decorating for spring. And if you need to make room for all of your seasonal décor in your tiny space, try these six clever storage ideas for small apartments! Read the rest of this entry »
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As we head toward the end of January, it may be slightly embarrassing to admit that you’ve still got decorations from the holidays decking the halls of your home. If you’re an apartment renter, the prospect of squeezing that artificial tree back into the corner of the coat closet may seem especially daunting. Whether you rent a one-bedroom apartment or a studio, have no fear! Here are 4 space-saving tips for how to pack away the holiday chaos in an orderly fashion.
Tip #1: Use old egg crates to store ornaments
Looking for a quick and easy way to store fragile ornaments? Simply take an old egg carton out of the fridge and place an ornament in each cranny and close the lid! Your ornaments are protected and organized in a snap! It no longer takes professional boxes, bags and tissue paper to store the tree décor.
Tip #2: Use leftover cardboard boxes to wrap up lights tangle-free Read the rest of this entry »
The holidays are upon us, which means it’s time to start decorating (if you haven’t already.) Between gifts, travel expenses if you go out of town, and hosting family and friends, the holidays can become a an expensive time of year. However, decorations don’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of traditional holiday decorations you can make yourself that are much cheaper than buying them outright. Here are a few of our favorite DIY holiday ideas to make your home and bank account happy:
Traditional wreaths can be on the pricier side, especially if you add extras like lights. Instead, decorate your doors with wreaths made out of present bows. All you’ll need is a Styrofoam wreath (available at most craft stores), a bunch of bows in different sizes and colors, and a hot glue gun. Read the rest of this entry »
Apartment living calls for good organization, especially when it comes to storage. With the holidays almost over, it’s time to think about how to stow your Christmas decorations for another year. Taking the time to get organized this year will make next year’s decorating go more smoothly. We’ve got some storage suggestions that can make apartment living a little tidier.
Get prepared. To start, gather the materials you’ll need. Good apartment living storage options include clear plastic boxes, shoeboxes, and large zip-top plastic bags. If you have precious ornaments, you may want to invest in archival storage boxes. Tissue paper and bubble wrap are also handy. Have a permanent marker on hand to label your containers. Then get busy!
Make a “first box.” You’ll find future apartment living simpler if you start by making one box that holds first things you will need as the holidays approach. For instance, it might include your holiday cards, gift paper and ribbon, tape, gift tags, and tree stand. Label this one “first box” and put it on top when you store your holiday items.
Store your decorations. Apartment living is merrier when you decorate for the holidays. When it’s time to take your decorations down, store them properly and label each large container.
Ornaments. Use plastic or archival boxes with individual compartments. Sort ornaments by size and durability. Wrap glass ones in tissue paper or bubble wrap. Ornaments are light, so you could put all your ornament boxes into one large plastic storage box.
Lights. Nothing brightens up apartment living like twinkling holiday lights. To store them, wind each strand carefully and place it in its own large zip-top bag or shoebox. Put all the bags or boxes of lights into one larger storage box.
Wreaths. Wreaths can be wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in its own box. Store the wreath hanger with your wreath.
Apartment living doesn’t have to rule out getting into the holiday spirit. Maybe you don’t have room for a Christmas tree. You can still decorate by hanging ornaments on a ficus or an umbrella plant. Or buy a beautiful poinsettia — that is a quick way to add a dash of color and cheer to your apartment. Living with plants is not your thing? Then here’s an idea for you: Make a winter wreath! Read the rest of this entry »
We don’t know about you, but it seems like the holiday season comes sooner and sooner every year. Do you decorate your apartment for the holidays? Many people love bringing some holiday cheer into their own home for the last few weeks of the year, and everyone has their own unique approach. Read on for some simple ways to decorate your apartment for the holidays.
Hang a Wreath
Whether it’s made of cranberries, straw or evergreen, holiday wreaths look gorgeous hung on doors. You can find freshly made evergreen wreaths anywhere they sell Christmas trees. Craft/hobby stores typically sell the supplies to make your own wreath out of artificial plants. Using ribbons, you can even customize one with the colors you’d like
Put Up String Lights
It wouldn’t be the holidays without string lights. They’re cheap and can be found around the end of the year at pretty much any store that sells home goods (even at grocery stores, usually). Hang them on your mantle, on the wall, around your balcony — there are lots of possibilities. We’ve even seen people hang string lights on the wall in the shape of a tree instead of having an actual one.
Things to keep in mind: If you have a roommate, be sure and talk to them first before you start decorating. They could feel uncomfortable, especially if they don’t share your beliefs — or they may even want to help out! Also, don’t forget to check with your apartment manager about holiday decorations. It’s not uncommon for apartment complexes to have rules against hanging up lights on balconies or on porches, or putting up a wreath, for example. And lastly, exercise caution with any candles, lights or other electrical equipment you may be using to decorate.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! If you’ll be moving in the new year, be sure and check out our Apartment Moving Center for some very helpful resources.