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Space-saving solutions for your Christmas tree.

I just love Christmas! Although I’m now an adult, it remains just as magical for me as it was in my childhood! While each of us has different personal holiday traditions, most of us share one in particular: the time-honoured evergreen!


Not everyone’s home, however, is spacious enough to accommodate a “standard”-size tree, host a Christmas dinner for the entire family and maintain enough functional space for the entire month from the time the tree is set up! So here are two simple little solutions that are space-saving but won’t compromise the festive atmosphere!


Solution #1: If you have an artificial Christmas tree, you could simply set up just half or a quarter of it. Not all artificial trees lend themselves to this, however, but quarter and half-size Christmas trees are now available for sale!

Solution #2 : If you simply have no floor space for a Christmas tree, you could grace your wall with the shape of a tree using vinyl or lengths of wood (either painted or unfinished), and lights – a solution that’s only limited by your own creativity! For the less creative among us, feel free to search the Internet for a wealth of inspiring ideas!

Design tools

My girlfriend and I have been making some major changes in our home lately: we added a living room, built a new room for our eldest child in the basement, and redesigned my daughter’s existing room.

Just like with any family project, we all want to let our individual tastes and needs be known: compromising is a must. For example, in our new living room, my girlfriend would like to have an office space, my daughter would like an arts and crafts table, and I would like to have nice big armchairs for when we have friends over. So we were faced with a dilemma about how best to use our new space: how do we get the look we want, plus make sure we buy the furniture that will meet all of our needs perfectly, without overloading the space? We used a few tricks that I thought you might find interesting.

Scrapbook your ideas

Collect all of the magazine clippings, pictures of furniture and decorations, and samples of the paint and materials you intend to use in your new design. Just as in a scrapbook of your most memorable vacations, glue all of these items onto a large cardboard sheet.

Stuck with a small bedroom?

There are many reasons why you may find yourself stuck with a small bedroom. For me, it was because I found the apartment of my dreams: good neighbourhood, lots of closets and storage space, large balcony, great location! That said, not everything was perfect: the bedroom was probably half the size of my previous room.

In my case, the old trick of making a scale floor plan to help decide where to put the furniture didn’t work. I had a bigger problem: there wasn’t enough space in my room to put all of my furniture. That’s OK, I was prepared to compromise and do away with some pieces. Particularly because I tend to feel claustrophobic in small spaces, overfilling the room and feeling cramped was not an option. The problem now is that I have the same amount of clothes, shoes and accessories as before, and this time compromising is out of the question—I WANT to keep everything. And therein lies the problem.

Here are a few tricks that I found helped me:

  • Because furniture must be kept to a minimum, choose pieces that are tall and narrow. Mate’s beds are also great; the drawers underneath are the perfect place to store bulky sweaters.

Storage solutions

Does opening your closet doors strike fear in your heart? Are you reminded of a warehouse when you look under the bed? Is trying to find your youngest’s red pants like a treasure hunt? Maybe it’s time to reorganize!

Make sure your furniture meets your needs

The change table you bought when your little angel was born no longer has enough storage space for all the skirts and tops she looks so adorable in. Before adding an extension to the house or building a Beverly Hills-worthy walk‑in closet, start by looking at your current furniture arrangement. Purchasing a bed with drawers might be all that you need. Or maybe you can solve your storage woes by replacing the three-drawer chest with a double dresser and storage hutch added on top. If, however, after a systematic analysis you find that your rooms are adequately furnished but you still have a serious storage problem, here are some options you might find useful.

Wall storage

Cupboards or cubbies secured to the wall just under the ceiling won’t get in the way of your living space and will provide you with storage for those items of sentimental value that don’t get used daily. They’re a great place to safely keep wedding presents, out-of-season clothing, slides from your tender youth and the recipe books handed down from mom.