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Easy Ways to Decorate Your Apartment for the Holidays

You always hear about people with over-the-top decorations for the holidays such as huge inflatables, lights on every surface, and maybe even roof ornaments. Extreme forms of holiday decorating are always fun and exciting, but also incredibly difficult to fit into your apartment. Even still, just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to downsize the holiday decor.

Every square inch of your space has the potential for decorating; you just have to get creative. If you’re looking for a guide to easy holiday decorating in a smaller area, you’re in luck. Here are some of our picks for the ingenious ways to go big on your decorating.

Decorate for your nose

Who said decorations were only a matter of sight? One of the easiest ways to get in the holiday spirit is decorating for your nose. Whether you’re a potpourri devotee or a candle connoisseur, you’re sure to find a festive scent to liven up your home with holiday spirit.

If you have a scent sensitivity and don’t want candles or aerosols wafting throughout your home, try baking cookies or keeping cinnamon sticks out and about. The smell of the holiday in any form will put you in a festive mood, so if you’re cramped on space, try decorating for your nose instead.

String lights

These are a super easy (and super affordable!) way to decorate for the holidays. Hanging strings of lights around your TV or windows brightens up a whole room and fills it with a festive energy.

These are also one of the most fun decorations for the holidays because you can get very creative. Hang them from your walls, windows, ceilings, or anywhere else you can think of. String lights hardly take up any room and are a surefire way to bring festivity to your apartment.

Hot glue snowflakes

Looking to put your artistic side to use for a little holiday decorating? Try your hand at hot glue snowflakes on your windows. It’s an almost foolproof decorating trick, you just plug in your glue gun and start drawing.

These are the perfect holiday decorations for apartments because they peel right off the windows at the end of the season, and they take up absolutely no space. The only caveat to this is to make sure your glue gun is on low heat…cold windows and hot glue can make for shattered glass!

Throw pillows

Throw pillows are the absolute easiest way to decorate for any season; simply switch them up every few months for an entirely new look! Toss a few on your couches, chairs, and beds for a quick holiday transformation.

Maybe you’ll choose to DIY your throw pillows, or maybe just purchase some cute, ready-made ones. Either way, throw pillows have a way of completely transforming a space and will be the simplest holiday decorating technique you’ve ever come across.


This is another incredibly simple way to decorate for the holidays. You can place a wreath on your windows, front door, or even on your cabinets. They are undeniably festive, and also won’t take up much room in your home.

You can have wreaths made for any time of holiday that you celebrate, which makes it also one of the most versatile decorating techniques.

Apartment-dwellers often run across the issue of having little space to decorate, which can be frustrating. Living in an apartment doesn’t necessarily have to mean, though, that you can’t be festive. Hopefully, these tips spark your creativity and help your apartment become a little more jolly without taking up too much space.