If your parents gave you an allowance as a kid, then you probably remember the anticipation of “pay day.”
As an adult and Chico apartment dweller, you probably still look forward to payday from your employer. The only problem is that the word “allowance” has been supplanted by “budget.”
March 17, 2017
Your neighbors don't have to walk around your Chico apartment complex wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “I watch my money.” You just know by the way they talk – like if they can tell you not only what they paid for utilities last month but also how their bills fluctuate over the course of the year.
February 13, 2013
The Christmas season is here, and most of us are preparing to “deck the halls with boughs of holly” while merrily singing “fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.” Even though the carol says “’Tis the season to be jolly” many of us don’t feel that way, especially when it comes to decorating for Christmas.
With all of the holiday parties to go to, gifts to buy, and cookies to make, decorating at all – especially decorating on a budget – can seem like a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be. We at living in Chico have some easy apartment decorating ideas for you so that you can get your home feeling festive without feeling overwhelmed.
1. Hit Up The Dollar Store
We’re all a little strapped for cash this time of year and the dollar store is a great place to get supplies when you’re decorating on a budget. Not only does it have garland, candles, tinsel, ribbon, and holiday potpourri, but you can also stock up on tissue paper, gift bags, wrapping paper, and gift tags for all your present-wrapping needs.
2. Decide on a Color Scheme or Theme
It’s easy to get carried away when decorating for Christmas because there are so many cute, colorful, sparkly, decoration options out there. Decide on a color scheme, such as blue and silver or red and green, and focus on buying decorations that match. Maybe you love snowmen and decide to have a snowman theme throughout your home.
3. Make Your Own Decorations
Whether you’re the crafty type or just need something to keep the kids busy, DIY décor can be really fun. For some people, decorating on a budget is synonymous with cheap or ugly decorations, but sometimes homemade are the best kind because they’re memorable. You can cut out paper snowflakes to hang from the ceiling, make a gingerbread house, or collect pines cones and leaves to put in a glass jar as a centerpiece. Another great option: Pinterest!
4. Rearrange Your Furniture
Decorating for Christmas can sometimes require rearranging the furniture to make room for the Christmas tree. Even if it doesn’t, do it anyway! Maybe you encourage cozy conversation by making the fireplace or Christmas tree your focal point instead of the television; or add a few sitting options so you can invite more friends over.
5. Consider Your Lighting
Although it might be an investment now, considering purchasing LED twinkle lights for your tree or to decorate your front porch. They use way less energy and will save on your electricity bill. Candles can also come in handy when decorating on a budget. Not only will they make your home smell fantastic, but candlelight is just warm and inviting.
Remember, decorating for Christmas in your living in Chico apartment is supposed to be enjoyable, not burdensome. So go deck those halls on a budget and sing “fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la” like you mean it!
If you are just moving into your new living in Chico apartment for the holiday season decorating can be even more of a daunting task, especially with all those boxes lying around. Don't worry though, we are here to help! Download our Guide to Apartment Living and learn how to settle into your new home quicker.