Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Frugal Eco-Friendly Ways to Spruce Up for the Holidays

Sustainability and Decorating Tips for Holidays

Want to make this holiday season one where you catch the holiday spirit without straining your budget, energy, or our planet's health?

Post Updated 11/26/2023

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 do 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 holding a garage sale, donating, gifting, or recycle unwanted items 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. 

Tips, Ideas for Color Brown

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 .

Eco-friendly tips and ideas

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. 

Decorating and Decluttering Tips

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

Hanukkah Food, Gift ideas, and Customs

No matter how little or how much you do to spruce up for the holidays, one thing is for sure.

I wish you the very best of health, love, and happiness during the holiday season and throughout the year as well!

What things do you like to use to decorate your home for the holidays? Please comment below,

What customs or traditions do you enjoy at this time of year? Which ones could you do without?

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Happy Holidays to Everyone. Sending Prayers for Peace, Plenty, and Planetary and Personal Wellness for All.
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  1. Thanks for the ideas especially about color and lighting. I am a minimalist decorator for the holidays and mostly decorate with festive paper goods for table settings ! I don't like storing holiday items.

    1. Thanks so much Judee for the visit and comment. Have a beautiful Hanukkah and stay safe and well.

    2. And of course Happy Holidays to you- my blogging friend.

  2. There really are so many ways to not waste during the holidays. Doing my very best to be eco-friendly this holiday.

  3. I love these ideas especially using natural elements to decorate with!

    1. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Wishing you a beautiful holiday!

  4. Nancy, these are excellent tips and really wise advice. I've shared your post in the Hearth and Soul Facebook group. Happy Holidays!

    1. Thanks so much April both for your kind words about Colors 4 Health and support at the Health and Soul Group. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and many wishes for health, joy, and peace in the New Year.

  5. Dear Nancy,

    As we moved and thus downsized dramatically I gifted 99% of my stuff and decided to use minimal and made all our own decorations this year. Loved it

    Thank you for visiting and sharing your links with us at SSPS #291 and letting your readers know where you hang out. See you again on Monday, January 8th, 2024.

    1. Sounds like a lot of fun Esme. Happy New Year! See you in 2024.