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December 19, 2017


Best Ways to Make Room for the Holidays in a Small Home or Apartment

There are few things more fulfilling than inviting friends, family, and loved ones into your home celebrate the holidays and simply enjoy each other’s company. That said, it can be hard to invite over as many people as you want if you live in a tiny studio apartment, a one-floor home, or in a small multi-family condominium.

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You don’t want anybody to feel uncomfortable crammed into your small home, but you want to invite a fair amount of guests and not leave anybody out. It can be confusing at first, but fortunately, there are plenty of ways to maximize space if you get creative! There are basic interior design tricks to maximize your small living space. This article is about how you can further optimize your home for a holiday gathering. Keep on reading if you’re looking for ways to fit as many guests as possible into your home without making anybody feel claustrophobic.

1. Move the Furniture

The logical beginning step is to get creative with your furniture arrangement.

Push everything as close to the walls as possible to maximize the amount of open space. You’ll want to focus on chair space and table space, because chances are you’ll be sitting together chatting for the majority of the get-together – and let’s be honest; nobody really wants to spend any more time on their feet than absolutely necessary. Placing chairs in a circle or semi-circle will take up less space than in rows or more square arrangements. If you have a circular table, this is an added bonus, but of course, it’s not required.

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Then it just takes some creativity to figure out if everybody can all sit around the same table together or if some of your guests should be unceremoniously demoted to a smaller table in a different room. Have fun!

2. Utilize the Bedroom

It’s perfectly reasonable not to want your guests going through your bedroom on his holiday, so one helpful trick is to use your bedroom as a storage unit.

By Thanksgiving time it’s probably going to be getting cold, so your guests will probably have coats and scarves they’ll want to remove once they come into your home. Throw these into your bedroom and shut door and nobody will be any the wiser.

If you’re really crunched for space, any superfluous furniture items, decorations, or other large objects can be hidden in your room as well.

3. Tricks with Lighting

If it’s too cold where you live to throw the windows open and let in a breeze, at least keep the shades and curtains open to let in as much natural light as possible. Natural light almost always helps the interior of a home appear more open and spacious.

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If you can, avoid heavy yellow bulbs – you know, the kind with the hideous brushed brass metalwork. Since it’s the holiday season, some festive white twinkling lights are sure to brighten the room.

4. Go Easy on the Decorations

It’s hard to resist going overboard on the decorations.

Every holiday comes with a slew of festive decorations ranging from funny to cute to downright beautiful and artistic. However, if your home can barely fit yourself and your family, there’s probably not much extra room, even for the soft plush turkey wearing a pilgrim hat that you just had to buy from the discount aisle.

A simple harvest color scheme will suffice: napkins, tablecloths, and maybe some confetti for the table surface are easy enough to pick up at the store. Yellow, brown, and orange are the typical Thanksgiving colors, so keep that in mind as you plan. A maize wreath hanging up on your door and maybe a small centerpiece for the table will do the trick without taking up too much space.

5. Do the Cooking Beforehand

If possible, get as much of the cooking out of the way before your guests come over!

Chances are, you’ll be seating people in your kitchen space. If you’re constantly opening and closing cabinet doors, the refrigerator, and especially the oven, it can not only take up extra space but also pose a risk of somebody tripping and hurting themselves.

Ultimately, you know your home best! Hopefully you’ve found some of the tips at least somewhat helpful to you this holiday season. Try not to stress too much about fitting everyone just perfectful: the most important thing is that your family is together making beautiful memories.

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