Easy Holiday Decor for the Renter

I don’t know about you, but it’s my FAVORITE time of the year. The leaves are changing color, there’s a crisp feel to the Fall breeze, you’re pulling your chunky sweaters out from the closet… but what about decorating your apartment for the season? Since I’ve moved out, I truly have seen how expensive décor is, like seriously, what’s up with the price of rugs!? Anyways, that’s why this list won’t break the bank for you. Everything is under $20 and will make a big impact even in the smallest of rooms!

Living in an apartment can pose some challenges; you’re not going to be able to squeeze in a giant Christmas tree or nail/screw things into the walls, but you still want your space to be festive and transport you into the holiday spirit. There are so many ways to add a touch of the holidays around your small apartment (without damaging walls too) while sticking to a budget, so here are some easy decorating tips!

String Lights

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This may seem like a no brainer, but there are tons of cute string lights for Halloween, Fall, and Christmas right at your local CVS or Target! That’s right – a drugstore. Not many people think to look here, but I was able to grab little pumpkins, leaves, and snowflake string lights for under $7, and used them to decorate our TV stand and kitchen window! Bonus: they’re battery operated so they won’t hurt your electric bill.


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Short on storage space? That’s okay – one of the easiest ways to make a small space festive is with pillow covers. If you’re lucky to have extra closet space or a storage unit in your building, head to your local TJMaxx/Marshals/Home Goods/Home Sense and opt for a new set for your living room. I suggest these retailers because you can easily find throw pillows for under $20.

Tiny but Mighty

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Tops of dressers, TV stands, refrigerators, and coffee tables are so often under-utilized when it comes to decorating. Head to the dollar store, or the dollar spot at Target and pick up some tiny trees, pinecones, garland, or ornaments. It’s truly the little touches that make a big difference. And if your style leans more towards being a minimalist, this décor hack is right up your alley.

Bathroom Décor

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Another highly overlooked space to decorate, your bathroom. Swapping out your bathmat or simply adding a festive soap can give a subtle touch of the holiday spirit, even in the smallest of bathrooms.

Cabinets and Counters

Hang some trusty command hooks on your cabinets and give your boring kitchen a new look with these little wreaths! Don’t forget to dress up your countertop/island area to instantly make the whole room feel the holiday cheer.

Holiday C’s

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The two holiday C’s I’m talking about here are small details that pack a punch, candy and candles. While you’re at the dollar store pick up some glassware and peppermints/candy canes to leave out for holiday entertaining. The Christmas themed candy is a beautiful and delicious accent a small apartment will favor. If you’re unable to get a real tree in your space or looking to save on your gas bill and are keeping the cooking to a minimum, look to candles to infuse your space with the scents of the holidays. Whether it’s a fresh cut pine fragrance or frosted sugar cookie – you can find cheap candles at pretty much any of your favorite retailers during the holidays.

Those are the small ways I’ll be decorating my apartment for the season, what about you?! Let me know in the comments below if you’ll utilize any of these tips – or if you have more to share!