Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Decorating your apartment for the holidays

I found some tips on decorating your apartment for the holidays on movingtoday.com and thought and pass along some of the helpful information.

First things first
Before you buy that first string of lights, it’s important to do some legwork that’ll save you time and trouble. Find out from your apartment community manager what is and is not allowed, especially in the common areas such as outside your door or your patio.
If you get the OK from your apartment manager to decorate, start planning what you want to decorate with and where it should go:
  • Take a look at how much room you have. This will determine what you can do, where you can do it and will narrow down what you need.
  • Once you know how much room you have to work with, you can decide the size of tree to buy, and whether to get a real or an artificial one.
  • Pick a theme. This will help you with your decoration shopping.
Think safety
Just because you can plug twelve items into one electrical outlet doesn’t mean you should. The key to decorating successfully is decorating safely. This means:
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Keep your live tree watered to reduce the risk of a fire.
  • Don’t hook up holiday lights with frayed wires.
  • Don’t put holiday candles near flammable items, such as your tree.
  • Don’t buy an artificial tree that’s not flame-retardant.
  • Don’t leave holiday lights on when you are not there to monitor them.

I sincerely hope you have a safe, and very happy, holiday season.