Christmas in a Small Cottage – Wooden Ironing Board Tree

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.


Much love,


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  1. Oh my gosh….That is just too darn cute!!! I love it..Great idea. I am one of those “not so much out” for Christmas. I have really cut back. I am going for a more less cluttered look…Right!!!! Sure I am….lol Great tree!!! :)

    • Thanks Diane! I know – it sounds like it would be easier to put out less, but it’s actually more difficult to scale back! What the heck??

  2. Too cute and that is what I call decorating outside the box.

  3. That is just too adorable!!! ~Tammy

  4. Too cute! I just bought an old doll sized metal ironing board. I was not sure what to do with in until now! I know what my project for the weekend is! Life to the full, Melissa

  5. I love it your little ironing board tree! That line between decorations and clutter is so fine. My limit usually hits a few days after Christmas when the gifts have all been unwrapped and my house looks like it exploded. January and February are my purging months.

    • Holly – I am already dreading the aftermath of unwrapping!! (Funny, because I have nothing wrapped. Wait – I don’t even have anything bought! lol I’ve got a lot of work to do!!!

  6. Brenda,
    This is such a neat idea…I LOVE it!! Hop over and grab my featured button (located undr my header) for your blog. Yes…YOU have been featured at my blog today.


  7. I totally get what you’re saying about that fine line. I was wondering today if I was getting close to it. Love the ironing board tree! I also love your curtains!

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