Decorating for Christmas in Small Spaces

Typically, my decorating style is pretty simple, but I do really enjoy making our home feel festive for the holiday season. When I found out that we were moving to NYC, one of my biggest fears was that we wouldn’t have enough room to store Christmas decorations in our one-bedroom apartment. Needless to say, I spent many hours figuring out the best way to utilize our space in order to spare enough room for our Christmas decorations.

I am excited to share my simple decorating tips with you. I have found that you can make even the smallest space feel festive with just a few simple decorations!

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Christmas Wreath — I love decorating with wreaths! Simply having a festive wreath to welcome me as I come home makes so much of a difference. Wreaths are also a good option of you have big windows or extra wall space. They liven up a space without taking up too much room. I store my wreath in a special container that fits perfectly underneath our bed!

Slim Christmas Tree — Finding a place to store a Christmas tree was the ultimate test. At one point, Ryan told me that we may not be able to have a Christmas tree in our apartment and that gave me all the motivation I needed to purge and come up with creative storage solutions to make it fit! Having a smaller tree is perfect because it doesn’t take up too much space in our already tight living quarters while also not being a bear to store during the rest of the year. Multiple craft and home goods stores sell these pencil trees, and they are usually cheaper than other trees too!

Garland — Adding garland in strategic spots around our apartment makes quite the impact! I like to store the Christmas cards we receive throughout the season on a strand a garland lining the doorway in our kitchen. I got the inspiration for this idea from this post on Pinterest! Garland easily fits into the top of a box of Christmas decorations and comes back to life year after year.

Candles — Burning a holiday scented candle is a simple way to completely change the feel of your small space.

Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on decorating your home for the holidays. These few simple items make our apartment feel cozy while not feeling cluttered — the perfect combination in my book!

Menu Monday

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. If your schedule is a little full this last week before Christmas, let me offer some help! Take some dinner inspiration from my meal plan for the week.

MONDAYItalian Orzo Spinach Soup — This is one of my favorite soup recipes. I think I am going to try adding in some chickpeas this time and see how it goes!

TUESDAYSlow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls — If you have family coming into town for the holiday, this is a great meal to prepare to feed a lot of people!

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WEDNESDAYMeatball Subs served with mashed sweet potatoes and green beans

THURSDAYChili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes — Chili is a favorite in our house this time of year, and combining chili with sweet potatoes makes it even better.

FRIDAYSlow Cooker Everything Beef served with rice and sautéed vegetables — This recipe is really versatile and super easy to make!

Happy Cooking 🙂

Menu Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! Sorry I have been MIA on here lately. Ryan and I took a trip to Rome over Thanksgiving and are just getting back into the swing of things. Be on the lookout for posts about our trip in the weeks to come! 😉

This time of year is so much fun, but it can also make your schedule seem even fuller than normal. Believe me, I am right there with you! Creating a meal plan for my week decreases my stress level tremendously, so I hope that my meal plan can help relieve YOU of some stress as well. 🙂

MONDAYBroccoli Cheddar Chicken Pasta — This is one of our favorite dinners! I especially love eating leftovers for lunch the next day. Feel free to add extra veggies in addition to the broccoli; that is what we have been doing lately!

TUESDAYCrockpot Sesame Chicken served with rice and sautéed vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, and edamame)

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WEDNESDAY – Sloppy Joe’s served with steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes — I love Manwich sauce myself and will probably never be able to give it up completely, but I have found this recipe for homemade sloppy joe’s that is a pretty close second 😉

THURSDAYSlow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup — I like to make my own cream of chicken soup following this recipe.

FRIDAYSpaghetti Squash Pad Thai — I always add some frozen edamame to this recipe! This recipe is really easy to adapt to your specific taste.

Happy Cooking 🙂