Autumn is in full force, and with the stunning fall foliage, pumpkin patches, and apple picking also comes frost in the air that means winter is around the corner. Soon enough, we will be opting to spend time with loved ones around a fire or in the warmth of a well-heated family room. As the weather turns and we prepare to spend more time indoors at home, it’s a great time to bring a little extra joy to the season.

Declutter

Your first step in getting ready for the upcoming holidays is to declutter. Focus on areas where your family will spend the most time, such as living areas, the kitchen and dining room, and bathrooms. Even if you are not hosting a traditional holiday gathering this year, getting rid of clutter can be very therapeutic and will go a long way to keeping you organized over the holidays.

Add Seasonal Décor

For simple Thanksgiving décor, take advantage of all the vibrantly colored fresh fruit autumn has to offer— cranberries, apples or grapes in clear vases are a perfect addition to any table. Candles and diffusers with seasonal scents (such as cinnamon, orange clove, or evergreen to name just a few) can help to create a cozy atmosphere. Finally, consider draping lights or garlands around high areas (such as a fireplace mantel or cabinets) to brighten up a space without damaging the walls.

Use Your Space Wisely

Are you entertaining close family this season? Accentuate all the space you do have with bar cars, corner shelves, and storage that maximizes vertical space. An extra perk—when everything has a place, it is a lot easier to keep your space neat and tidy.

Get Crafty

You may have a bit of extra free time on your hands this holiday season—it may be the perfect time to try your hand at some DIY décor. Seasonal decorations, such as wreathes and garland, are easy to assemble. Get creative with secondhand furniture and other items. For example, stain an old kitchen table and make it your own or reupholster vintage chairs. Add a pop of color with seasonal textiles—such as throw pillows, blankets, and towels—to easily transform the feel of any living space.

Make Use of the Great Outdoors

Add curb appeal and set a cozy scene by decorating your exterior space. Details as simple as a door wreath or welcome mat can make a festive statement. Add a heat-producing source— such as a fire pit or outdoor heater— as well as weather-proof furniture to create an outdoor living room to share with extended family and friends this holiday season.

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