Decorating Your Apartment…OUTSIDE!
Spring is coming, which usually means the itch for spending time in the great outdoors is creeping up in me. Another thing I love to do when Spring arrives is to change the decor, especially outside! However, before you spice up the outside of your apartment, you may want to think about a few things.
First things first, you should call your leasing office and ask if it is okay for you to put decorations in your windows or hang stuff on your doors. Some complexes are a little touchy about the complex image so they may restrict it. Luckily all of the places I have lived have let me go a little bat-crazy with decorations.
You most likely have a few decorations to cover all of the big holidays you celebrate. However, if you’re a huge dork like me and hunt for decorations like there is no tomorrow (I have fun nick-knacks for just about every holiday), keeping your decorations organized in storage bins is very important! Also, be sure you have the storage space for your bins. If not, you may want to consider downsizing.
I have an outside entrance to my apartment that is situated right next to the door for the apartment below me. One thing you must make sure you do is talk to your neighbor before hanging decorations. I did because the place where I wanted to put lights would leave them hanging over my neighbor’s door as well and I didn’t want to disrespect her if she didn’t approve. Luckily, my neighbor is incredible and nice and makes us cookies and loves us, so we were able to get away with this.
I didn’t want to stop there. I planned on putting wall lights on the side of our building where our door was, but the ladies in the leasing office said that would be a bit much. This is why it’s important to ask about decorating beforehand.
All in all, my decorations turned out looking wonderful! Sadly, I had to keep it subtle. I wouldn’t mind knowing about what my fellow apartment dwellers who don’t have an outside entrance like mine do in regards to decorating?? Post photos if you have any!