Want to make this holiday season one where you catch the holiday spirit without straining your budget, energy, or our planet's wellness?
Look below for tips and ideas to help you think and act more sustainably as you spruce up your home for the holidays.
Frugal Eco-friendly Ways to Spruce Up for the Holidays
Budget for the holidays
Stick within your budget to prevent exceeding your income, draining your savings, or incurring debt. Want to make sure your holiday festivities brings good cheer?
Save a portion of your paycheck throughout the year. Consider setting aside money and time to cover a mini-home refresh and spruce-up, DIY holiday décor and gift-wrap options, and planning potlucks for holiday entertaining.
Sort and Declutter
Evaluate clutter in one room or one section of a room at a time. Release those things that are useless and just taking up space. Weed out items by donating, gifting, or recycling them to prevent creating more waste for landfills.
Letting go of things you haven't used in years, makes space for whatever is functional, beautiful, and brings you joy.
Melissa at Simple Lionheart Life, a blog devoted to simple intentional living, offers “How to Declutter Before the Holidays: 11 Awesome Ways to Simplify.”
See "Declutter for the Holidays: 20 Ways to Make Room for Joy," a post from Courtney Carver, the blogger at Be More with Less. Her blog offers ideas about ways to simplify life and really live.
Enhance with Colors
Freshen up the entrance to your house or apartment with a good sweep, clean, and a coat of paint for the front door. If you are inspired, paint your door a whole new color.
Find winter warmth snuggling up in a throw that's a deep-hue like burnt orange and drink a cup of rich hot chocolate or hot coffee.
Spread out the deep coffee brown area rug you've been storing in the attic to provide a sense of stability and grounding, either under the dining room table or in front of the couch.
Paint an accent wall maroon or coffee table indigo. If you lack space for kitchen or dining room storage and serving, thrift shop for a mahogany sidepiece.
Set the holiday table with a festive red tablecloth .
There are many colors in the rainbow. Select those that make you feel happy and relaxed this holiday season.
Read Eco-friendly Holiday Decorating that Won’t Trash the Planet from Michela, the blogger at the Mindful Momma Blog. Her post shows ways holiday choices can be good for your health, pocketbook, and the environment.
Instead of buying new holiday trinkets, create a clean look by rearranging natural elements you already have on hand or find ones on a nature walk.
Plants, pine cones, or other objects from nature look so appealing, when incorporated into your winter décor.
Set up a holiday display shelf in a bookcase or on your mantel. Select a limit of two or three seasonal items you have collected over the years to highlight. Try out 2 or 3 different arrangements and choose the one you like best.
Illuminate the Season
Plan to use mood lighting at home, especially if overhead lighting feels harsh. Why not rearrange table lamps and floor lamps to be more welcoming?
Shaded lamps usually diffuse the softest, coziest light. Consider using a pink LED light bulb or pink shade in the living room and guest bedroom for comforting, flattering illumination.
Learn about the Festival of Lights' colors and customs in this post, Hanukkah a Mini Guide to the Jewish Holiday.
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