If you’re a young person of modest means (or happen to live in a prohibitively expensive metropolitan area), then there is a decent chance that your living situation is … somewhat humble.
Or, to put it bluntly: your apartment is tiny as f*ck.
While such meager accommodations are sensible when you’re trying to save on rent, they can make decorating a tad difficult — particularly around the holidays. How are you supposed to erect a tree in your living room when you don’t technically have a living room? How do you exude the holiday spirit when you don’t even have a lawn to display your twinkling lights?
Here are some tips that will help those of you who are dying for a little festivity this season, but can’t really seem to find the space for it:
1. Trade out a full-sized tree and replace it with a smaller, table-top version.
2. Or, get really sneaky and use a half tree (I promise they exist!)
3. Or, if you really want to get lazy — I mean, creative — place some branches and ornaments into vases.
4. Deck the walls with festive embroidery hoops.
5. Create a wintry scene inside a cake stand.
6. Drape paper snowflakes over your windows.
7. Or, hang tiny wreaths in front of your window panes!
8. Hang garlands on all of the walls to save valuable floor space.
9. Or, even better, hang strand lights from the ceilings.
10. Focus your holiday decor efforts on a festive bar cart.
11. Tack some garlands around doorways, to save space and add some cheer.
12. Hang ornaments from your light fixtures.
13. Better yet, hang mistletoe — it’s decorative, and it may even get you some action!
14. Create a 2D Christmas tree for your walls.
15. Swap out your throw pillows for more seasonal versions.
16. Welcome guests with strand light signage.
17. Simmer some cranberries, vanilla, rosemary and oranges on your stovetop — because making your home smell like the holidays doesn’t take up any space at all.