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Despite it being quite cold outside, the holidays are often a warm and cozy time of the year. Driving down the street and seeing decorations from Santa Claus and his reindeer to brilliant displays of lights can make even the grouchiest Grinch feel sentimental for the season.

If you live in an apartment, it can be easy to feel left out during this time of the year when it comes to decorating, but fear not! There are plenty of ways to deck out your apartment for the holiday season, even on a budget. Below, we’ll discuss our favorite ways to achieve this in your apartment, from small changes to big displays.

Hang Your Holiday Cards

If you’re looking to get more festive around your apartment but you don’t have the budget – or the motivation – to go all out, one easy way to get into the spirit is to simply hang your holiday cards in a visible, organized way. You can use magnets on the fridge or repurpose an existing bulletin board as a temporary card display.

To take this to the next level, you can use string to hang the cards on the wall or purchase something to hold them. Some items even look like little Christmas trees, which is a great segue into our next idea.


Even in the roomiest apartment, space is often at a premium, and an entire Christmas tree, real or fake, can be more trouble than it’s worth. Our recommendation? A miniature version, or even multiple ones. There’s plenty of variety when it comes to smaller trees, including real ones and fake ones, lit and unlit ones, as well as tons of different colors.

Buying a miniature tree can be a great way not only to save space but also to express your own individual holiday spirit. You could get a few trees in different sizes, or add one to every room. Whatever works for you. If you don’t feel like adding a bunch of small trees or you don’t want to take up any space at all, you can make a tree that hangs on the wall out of construction paper with the kids.

Hang a Wreath

One of the most simple holiday decorations is also one of the best, which is a wreath. Like the miniature trees, wreaths are a great, inexpensive option for apartments that can be customized so they fit your personality and lifestyle.

Not only are they versatile, they can also be made, which is a great activity for the whole family. The kids can even make wreaths from leaves or construction paper that they can hang on their bedroom doors and before you know it, an activity has become a family tradition.

Decorate the Table

An easy way to transform your home from regular to Holiday mode is by simply decorating or even just setting the table. From candlesticks to placemats, there are tons of small changes you can make that signal it’s time for the holidays.

Especially if you’re hosting any parties this season, decorating the table is a great idea. For the kids, you can once again turn it into an activity, using styrofoam balls and paint to help them build their own decorations.

Spruce Up Your Furniture

Just like the table, couches and chairs in your living room can be decorated. Many people have throw pillows specifically stored away, ready to be placed on furniture during the holiday season. This is a fun, easy way to add texture and decoration to a room.

Taking it even further, you can add a festive tablecloth on the coffee table, or get even more candlesticks like the ones you picked up for the dining room. There are plenty of ways to deck the halls when it comes to your living room and furniture, so get creative. Even simple items like a few pine cones you pick up on a walk can make a world of difference.

All the Small Things

Like those pine cones we just mentioned, small changes are sometimes key in decorating your home for the holiday season. Fill a large bowl with shiny ornaments, pick up a snow globe, or add a bit of garland to your shelves. The choice is yours, and that’s the idea. Every family is different, so decorate your apartment in a way that you love.

Looking for a New Home?

If you’re looking for a great new apartment to start decorating, give us a call today. We’d love to help you find a perfect place for you and we have plenty of options in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman. We also offer storage space options!