Decorating a small house for Christmas can be a challenge. You walk a fine line between just enough and waaayy too much. I always start the season thinking that I will keep things simple and not go overboard – again. The best of intentions…
Really though, the line I mention is completely personal. It’s dependent on how much stuff you can feel comfortable being surrounded by. I’ve noticed over the years that when I do go a little heavy on the decorations, I don’t leave them up nearly as long as I do in years that I mange to keep things simple. I’ve also noticed that when the decorations are abundant, I am way less tolerant of any amount of extra clutter. Shoes and backpacks on the floor, mail on the counter, snacks on the table – these types of things will make me twitch for a couple of weeks (more than they already do!).
So there you have it – the secret to decorating a small home for the holidays. If you must display every decoration you’ve collected over the past 20 years, take it all down the day after Christmas. And banish additional clutter caused by kids, pets, or husbands. I’m completely joking, of course.
But speaking of simple…
This is my ironing board tree.
I got the ironing board at a garage sale this summer. It has legs, of course, but they were really wobbly so I took them off. (They’re perfect for holding magazines!)
I thought about using it on the mantel, but couldn’t get a look that I was happy with, so I wrapped it with some lights and burlap garland.
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