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5 Tips to Make Your New Home Ready for the Holidays

If you listen closely on the day after Thanksgiving, you can hear the sound of pumpkins and gourd decor getting put back into boxes for another year.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is playing in the distance.

This is how you know you can officially deck the halls.

If you’re celebrating the holidays in a new home, this can be an emotional time. But remind yourself that you have the opportunity to make new memories and establish new traditions.

We can help make your new house or apartment feel like home this holiday season. Here are 5 tips on how to easily decorate for the holidays:

1. Display holiday cards

A simple and inexpensive way to decorate is to display the holiday cards you receive in the mail. You can either purchase a cardholder or use string and clips to display the cards on a bare wall or your mantelpiece. You’ll be surrounded by the photos of the people you love, and it will create a festive feel in your new home. – Ali Wenzke, author of “The Art of Happy Moving”

2. Light up the house

What better way to make your home noticeable than by adding Christmas lights on the exterior, as well on the interior part of the property. You can place them on door and window frames, so they can help you get that holiday spirit. For a cozier atmosphere, you can also add different kinds of candles that coordinate with your holiday decor. – Marieta Ivanova, cleaning and home improvement expert

3. Add a familiar scent

Speaking of candles, they can do more than just brighten up a room. Adding a familiar scent can create the feeling of home and also bring back happy memories. Look for scents that make you feel festive. For you, that could mean cookie-scented candles, cinnamon sticks, citrus air freshener, or holiday potpourri. – Marieta Ivanova, cleaning and home improvement expert

4.  Decorate your door with a wreath

A wreath on the front door is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit as soon as you enter your home. A simple option is a fir wreath adorned with dried oranges or go with a different green like bay leaves or olive leaves for your wreath. – Emily, House Method

5. Keep your favorite holiday decorations easy to find

To make a house feel like home, you want to surround yourself with the items you love like your favorite coffee mug or the framed photo of your college friends. When you move or are taking your decorations down for the season, add a description to your moving box and add a heart to the ones you love most. That way, when it’s time to unpack, you can find your favorite items first and put them on display. – Ali Wenzke, author of “The Art of Happy Moving”

Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

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