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Tips and Guidelines on Christmas Decorations for your Apartment

MyApartmentMap - Dec 6, 2011

Tips and Guidelines on Christmas Decorations for your Apartment

Once December hits, the clock starts ticking for the countdown to 25 days until Christmas. The first thing on people’s minds is decorating their apartment for the holiday season. It’s what jump starts the Christmas season and for all you renters out there it’s a time to bring out your fun side and transform your apartment.  For all you renters, decorations are important to bringing your place to life for the holidays, even with a small space. Here are a few decorating ideas that can transform your apartment using some holiday spirit:

Choose the Right Christmas tree
I’m not going to lie; having a real Christmas tree is what makes the holiday but I also would like you to consider buying an artificial tree. Some advantages of an artificial tree are that they are easy to assemble and don’t have to be watered. They can be expensive but worth it in the end and you can use them every year and they are more safe and fire resistant. For people living in apartments, I recommend you buy one if you have the right storage space. Of course there’s nothing better than the real thing; real Christmas trees are what we wait for when to holiday season comes. You are able to pick you own tree, and get that wonderful pine smell and you can recycle trees after the holidays. Make sure you measure the size of the room where you are going to place your tree so it won’t be too big for the room and take up a ton of space; just ask Clark Griswald. My recommendation for trees are the Douglas Fur and the Virginia Pine. For a small area like an apartment, consider getting a pencil or slim tree.

Decorating Tips
Besides Christmas, one of the big events that comes once a year is bringing the family together to decorate your Christmas tree and home. Here are a few tips to make your place look like a Christmas wonderland and light up everyone's face.
  • Create a Christmas theme
               Santa Christmas
               Snowman Christmas
               Toyland Christmas
               Country Christmas
               Old fashioned Christmas
  • Create a color scheme for your rooms; it can be red and green or silver, white and blue just make it cohesive
  • The best place for lights is around the tree, top of fireplace, door archway and staircase. If you have a small apartment with a balcony, wrap them around outside and near your sliding door.
  • Place small Christmas decorations on your windows
  • Place candles in a glass cover with evergreen branches, pine cones or berries. Add candles with Christmas scents to bring a warm fragrance into the room
  • Add candy canes, little toys, or candles to your wreath
  • Go old school and decorate your tree with popcorn and string, cut snowflakes from white paper and hang around the house.
  • Use bows, red, green, silver, gold to decorate the house. Place them on the tree, windows, chairs, and stairs
  • Decorate your table with holiday colors, center pieces, flowers and/or candles
  • Always have something sweet in the house. Place a bowl of holiday m&ms, holiday cookies or gingerbread man in the house for family and guest to enjoy.
  • Turn down the lights; let the Christmas lights and candles light up the room.
  • Make a ginger bread house. I always recommend this as a good activity for the family and a good decoration prop. If you’re ambitious, create a whole village out of ginger bread houses.
  • Get out your Holiday music, Pandora or iTunes and play some Christmas music to listen to throughout the room.
These tips can be very help for people who live in single family households to people with small cramped apartments. My only recommendation is to not make the room look busy, it’s an easy way to break and knock over things.

Christmas Safety
One of the many things people forget to consider is safety precautions when they are decorating.  Here are a few tips you can look out for when decorating your apartment.
  • Keep the tree away from heat sources that can cause fires like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Make sure to add water to the tree so it doesn’t dry up and become a bigger target for fire hazard.
  • Make sure your tree isn't blocking foot traffic or exit’s trees can easily be knocked down or block your entrance in the room
  • If you have young children, don’t put sharp or breakable ornaments near the bottom for them to easily grab.
  • Check to make sure all the smoke detectors are working in the house.
  • If you want to place decorations in a high area or decorating outside of the house, always use a ladder. I also recommend you have an extra person help you out or at least be home when you are using the ladder just to be safe.
  • Keep an eye out of lit candles and make sure they are not in an open place where people can knock them over or they can catch fire from a table cloth. Blow out the candle if you are leaving the room, house, or going to bed.
  • Check your lights before you use them; make sure to look out for bad light bulbs, cracked bulbs, and frayed wires. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Unplug all the lights when you go to bed or leave the house.