Here are ten ways you can decorate for the fall season and Halloween holiday without adding extra clutter to your home.
If you love to celebrate the fall and Halloween season by getting your home into that cozy and spooky vibe, you probably get really excited about decorating each year. But it’s easy to go overboard by adding more things on top of all the other things in your house. Here are ten easy ways you can still get that seasonal feeling in your home without adding more visual clutter and things you have to dust and store away the rest of the year.
1. Change Digital Wallpapers To Seasonal Images
This is definitely the easiest and cheapest way to add fall and Halloween decorations to your home without bringing in any physical items at all. Swap out your computer wallpaper and screensavers for a seasonal image or your favorite family photo from a past year.
You can also change your TV images if you have a Frame TV, backgrounds on smart devices like the Google Nest Hub or Amazon Echo Show, and even your phone and smart watch can have a seasonal background. Most of these digital wallpapers can be changed for free, or you can buy them from Etsy or your device’s in-app store for a dollar or two.
2. Add Seasonal Stickers To Your Planner Or Journal
You likely look at your planner, calendar, or journal every single day, so this is a great place to incorporate some seasonal decor without putting objects of surfaces. Pick out some fun stickers that resonate with the way you like to celebrate fall and Halloween and stick them on the pages you visit most often.
Use stickers to decorate the corners of your journal pages, blank space in your weekly planner, and the border of your monthly calendar. You can even use stickers to turn the cover of a plain notebook into a holiday-themed one. PS: Here’s my favorite fall sticker pack.
3. Change Framed Photos And Artwork
I love this hack because it refreshes the artwork you already have in your home on a very small budget. Swap family photos in frames for pictures taken during the season like your kids’ old Halloween costumes, family Thanksgiving pictures, and trips you’ve taken during the fall.
For wall art, you can print seasonal themed artwork found on Etsy at a very low price from Walmart (this is the cheapest place I’ve found for printing larger images). I love to find vintage-style Halloween prints and put them in thrifted frames for my fireplace mantel.
4. Swap Out Regular Lightbulbs For Smart Bulbs
One of my absolute favorite no-clutter decorating hacks is to use smart bulbs that have a color changing option. You can turn a regular white light bulb into moody seasonal lighting in the evening by a few taps on your smartphone.
Around fall time, I like to use the warm orangey-yellow cover in the evening, then I switch to a spooky purple as we get closer to Halloween. It’s such a fun way to decorate, and kids love it!
5. Change Out Throw Pillow Covers
Another easy way to get a seasonal look in your home without adding more things is to swap your throw pillow covers. Your sofa likely already has some pillows on it, as well as your bed, so why not give them a quick little makeover?
You can buy throw pillow covers online in just about every size of pillow available. All you do is unzip and remove the existing pillow cover and replace it with the seasonal one. Pillow covers are way easier to store than additional pillows, so you can keep a whole year’s worth of seasonal swaps in just one small container.
6. Decorate With Produce
Fall time is all about baking and cooking delicious veggies, and most of them look really nice displayed on a countertop. Instead of hiding seasonal produce in the pantry, put them in a bowl on the counter so they become an art piece.
This is a fun way to decorate because as you use up the produce and buy new veggies, your decor will be constantly changing. [Note: make sure you do a quick Google search to find out how the veggies should be stored. Some prefer darkness, others need to be refrigerated, and some don’t do well next to other types of vegetables.]
7. Make A Halloween Playlist On Spotify
Music sets the vibe way more than decorations do, so create a fun or spooky Halloween playlist on Spotify and play it in the evenings while you’re winding down. You don’t need visual decor to prove it’s October, the music will get you in the mood on its own.
8. Use Found Items From Nature To Decorate
When you’re out for your daily walks or even just going to the mailbox and back, look around for items in nature that remind you of autumn. A handful of leaves, acorns, twigs, or pinecones look great in a glass bowl or jar, and they don’t take up much room at all.
When you’re done with them and ready to move on to the next holiday, you can just return them back to nature or compost them so you aren’t adding any waste to your trash can or having decor that needs to be stored away the rest of the year.
9. Turn On Aesthetic Scenes From Youtube
There are tons of videos on Youtube that turn your TV into moving artwork and cost nothing to use. From Halloween light shows to spooky screensavers, and fall porch scenes to a crackling fireplace, your TV can make the room gain a seasonal vibe instantly. Bonus: most have corresponding music too!
10. Add Fairy Lights To Bookshelves
Fairy lights give off a very faint glow and usually are powered by batteries so they can be added anywhere without dealing with cords and outlets. You can weave them around your bookshelves to give them a moody hue and you don’t have to redecorate them at all. It’s also fun to tuck them into vases, wind them around faux tree and plant stems, or wrap a canopy bed frame.
Share Your Favorite No-Clutter Seasonal Decor Hacks
Do you have a favorite way to decorate for the holidays and seasons that doesn’t add more clutter to your home? I’d love to hear your own hacks, tips, and family traditions in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more clutter-free home tips, organizing tutorials, and daily routine inspo to live a more Organized-ish life.