As students, our rooms can get very messy, so decorating can just cause more clutter. But like everyone, we still want to get into the Halloween spirit, so here are some ways to decorate your room without making a mess.
Hang it up
Putting decorations on desks and shelves can be a recipe for clutter, especially if your desks are already covered in papers like mine is. So instead of putting a bunch of spooky knick-knacks on your shelf, buy some spooky string lights! They don’t add any mess to surfaces and are easy to place in between posters and other wall decor. If you live on campus, make sure they’re battery powered and not plug ins so that they fit with dorm policies. I got little bat string lights!
While jack-o-lanterns are really fun, they can take up a lot of surface space. If you still want the presence of a smiling friendly pumpkin in your room, you can buy a jack-o-lantern wall decoration!
To add more spookiness to your room without being scarily messy, buy some stick-on-wall art! I got some spider wall stickers from Walmart. They work best on mirrors and glass surfaces, but you can stick them on walls as well, as long as they weren’t recently painted over. I put the little webs and spiders on my mirror.
Keep it small on tabletops
If you insist on some table top decorations (I know it’s hard to resist the cute little pumpkins), it’s okay. Just keep it small and simple. Buy a little pumpkin and put it on your bedside table. Simple, pretty, and doesn’t take up too much space. If you get one from Target, they have some extra spookiness painted on!
Decorate your door
Decorating your door is a great way to show off your love for Halloween, without making a mess. Door decor is common especially in college dorms, so if you live on campus, join the fun! Sometimes dorms even have door decorating contests. There are lots of things you can do to your door. I’ve seen people hang full size skeleton decorations, or putting orange paper all over the door and making it look like a jack-o-lantern.
What I did was get a bag of cheap spider web decoration, stretch it over the door, and stick it down with command strips. To increase the spooky vibes, I got some of the wall art spider stickers and stuck them to the webs. As a final touch, using a command hook, I hung up a sign that says “Welcome Ghouls.” The finished product looked like this, and I had zero clutter added to my room.
There are plenty of other items you can use if you want to make your room even more spooky for Halloween. You don’t even have to break the bank for them; your local Walmart and Target will do! Consider buying Halloween welcome rugs, Halloween themed wreaths, wall tapestries, etc, as options to spice up your room. However, keep in mind that you will have to store them once Halloween ends. Unless you just decide to be spooky year round, which if so, more power to you.
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