When decorating our homes, it can be so easy to exceed your originally planned budget. Refocusing our spending after finishing the holiday season can be a difficult task. From spending money at a higher rate of shifting to a more financially conscious outlook is tricky. The last thing we want to be spending money on is our decorations. Not to mention, it almost feels wasteful to use those beautiful holiday decorations for only one month out of the entire year. Not only is it time-consuming to redecorate, but it can also put quite a strain on your finances. There are many ways to optimize your finances in 2020, and even ways we can be more frugal with our decorating. Take those festive decorations out of storage and begin to winterize your home with these simple hacks.
Emphasize Decor Accents
Many are hesitant when reusing Christmas decor, with the fear of being too tacky or maybe even seeming a little cheap. However, the key to reusing your decor is focusing on the small accents you have leftover from the holidays. For example, you can take your small ornaments and dangle them from your chandelier or light fixtures. Whether you choose solid colors or a more festive route, it will keep your home feeling like a winter wonderland with this decor hack. Don’t forget about the wrapping paper or ribbons used as well. Incorporating ribbons used on presents throughout your kitchen can give the room the pop of color it needed. Wrapping paper has its purpose as well, by lining the inside of your bookcases with your leftover wrapping paper can enhance any space.
Light up Your Space
The power that string lights have to transform a space is extremely underrated. Though they are most commonly known as a college dorm room decor hack, there are many different DIY ways you can class-up string lights within any home. Depending on your own personal style it will determine what route you take with adding in these lights. If you’re looking to cozy up your room with soft lighting, think of adding a white sheer sheet and layering the lights behind it. This will tone the shine of the lights down and provide you a nice warm feeling to your living space. On the other hand, if you’re looking to make more of a statement with a specific piece of decor, combine a clear vase with your string lights. Bunching the lights within the vase gives you an easy and time-efficient centerpiece. Feel free to winterize this centerpiece with small branches of leftover garland around the base or in the vase itself.
Utilize Holiday Trees
Historically, we only use artificial trees to celebrate Christmas. Why not use them for other holidays as well? They are a great focal point for any room and can provide a nice platform for additional decor. Even though Valentine’s Day comes as quickly as it goes, the beginning of February is a great time to add a tree with pink and red accents to your living room or bedroom. Once March and April are upon us, this new trend is perfect for Easter! Not only can you add cute bunnies within the tree, but it also gives you a perfect place to hide some of those Easter Bunny eggs!
Lastly, think of the numerous cards you receive from loved ones over the course of November and December. Most likely, we just throw them away or keep them in a box to be left in storage. While the photo-focused ones are most likely unusable. Hang onto those greeting card images, as they provide for perfect gift tags. Cut around the message or image with decorative edged scissors, hole punch, and then thread a ribbon through! Add on to any present in the coming months and save yourself some money. Not only is this budget-friendly, but it can also be eco-friendly as well. How many trees will you be saving by recycling these cards?
Take these small hacks into consideration when decorating your home. Save your family money, get creative, and maybe even go a little green. There are plenty of other ways to recycle those Christmas adornments that are most likely stored away for 11 months out of the year. Saving money shouldn’t mean you are compromising on the look of the home. When you adopt that “Do-It-Yourself” attitude, you can do anything! Comment below your favorite way to reuse decor.