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The festive season is right around the corner. Do you know what that means? It’s time to start planning how you’ll prepare and organize your house for the next few weeks before this year ends!
Before you get excited shopping for gifts or what specialty recipes to make for your guests, there’s one primary task you need to undertake–prepping your home. In this article, we’re sharing some tips and ways to make your home festive-ready!
1. Have An Early Start
The holidays have a way of sneaking up on us, so don’t be caught off guard. There’s no harm in starting your preparations early, significantly reducing your stress during the holiday season. So, try and focus on the things that can be prepared now.
You might find it helpful to make a timeline or to-do list leading up to the event—from scheduling home cleaning to gift shopping and wrapping to prepping the food.
It’s also essential to make a list of all potential expenses. This way, you can control your spending and manage your finances. Make sure to list all your expenses, from the mandatory fixture changes and room repairs to purchasing holiday decors, such as decorative duvets or a fibre optic Christmas tree for your home.
2. Declutter And Clean Thoroughly
You wouldn’t want to invite guests to an untidy home or celebrate the holidays with your family in a cluttered home. So, it’s time to do some cleaning and decluttering, ensuring that your home is sparkly clean when Christmas comes.
You don’t have to do this in one go, especially if you’re starting early, as clutter can easily accumulate again before you know it. Instead, do this step-by-step and prepare cleaning schedules as mentioned above.
First, you can consider picking a room and start cleaning and decluttering it. From a wardrobe makeover to routine sweeping and mopping, perform all the necessary steps a room requires.
Then, move to another once done. That said, make sure to focus more on cleaning and prepping guest rooms and busy areas during the holiday, including the kitchen and living room.
3. Decorate The Main Spaces
Christmas decorating is probably one of the most exciting activities in preparing your home. After cluttering and cleaning, it’s time to find and take out the big boxes of holiday decor you’re hiding in the attic, basement, or garage.
While a touch of holiday décor can easily transform any space in your home, decorating every room can instantly become overwhelming and costly. So, instead of going all-out, focus first on decorating the main spaces in your home with decorative pieces you’ve collected over time.
That said, the most popular place to start decorating is your living room. You can put up your lighted garland and a few holiday-themed throw pillows. Of course, it’s time to assemble your Christmas tree and all its accessories.
Aside from your living room, you can also start adding some holiday touches to your dining area and kitchen with holiday placements, centerpieces, and dish towels.
You can also focus on brightening and decorating your exteriors. Make your curb and entryways more festive with Christmas decorations.
In particular, Christmas lights, from moody, strong lights of greens and reds running along your roof or garden plants to lighted Reindeer, elves, and Santa Claus standing proudly on your curb can do wonders in brightening outdoor space and preparing your home for the holiday season.
You can also wrap artificial garlands around railings and posts, arrange lanterns on your porch steps, and hang a decorative wreath on your front door. If it snows in your area, you can also place a slip-resistant Christmas-themed mat by the door to prevent slips while showing off your holiday spirits.
4. Prepare Your Kitchen
The holiday season usually involves a lot of baking and cooking. This means your kitchen will become busier in the upcoming weeks. That said, having an organized and well-stocked kitchen can help keep things running smoothly.
So, start your holiday grocery shopping and stock up your pantry on essential ingredients for your recipe. Also, ensure that all essential kitchen utensils, tools, and cookware are clean and within easy reach.
Don’t forget to check your kitchen appliances, including the oven, microwave, fridge, stove, dishwasher, and food processor, to ensure they’re still in good working condition. Consider replacing or repairing faulty appliances before Christmastime to ensure seamless food preparations.
Also, ensure to scan your fridge and declutter expired or stale items to make room for new dishes and treats you need to make ahead of time.
There’s no denying that the holiday season is one of the most festive yet busiest times of the year. However, it becomes more manageable with early planning. So, follow the above tips and ideas to prepare your home and set up a beautiful scene for this season’s festivities.