The holiday season can be an excellent time to make new memories with loved ones. Still, it can be stressful if you’re unprepared and disorganized (or have a judgmental aunt that will check for any sign of dust). You won’t have to spend hours doing damage control when you should be having fun if you concentrate on a few critical chores immediately.
So let’s look at a few things you can do right away to prepare your house for the holidays.
Declutter Early and Often
The last thing you want or need to do before your holiday guests arrive is to clean up the dust bunnies, air out all your linens, or try to clear up the junk from your kitchen.
Before you get all the holiday and housewarming gifts from friends, purge your clutter. When you pull out the Thanksgiving or winter decorations, throw away the pieces you don’t love and know will never be displayed.
Be careful how much décor you leave out on coffee tables or entryways because it might become more clutter to clean around when guests come over. Instead, keep your space neat and festive, so it’s easier to entertain.
Decorate The Areas Most People Will Visit
Even though a bit of holiday decor can turn any area into a welcoming paradise, decorating the entire house can be expensive and stressful. Instead, concentrate on accentuating your home’s significant areas with a few things you’ve gathered through time.
Seasonal dish towels, placemats, or a table centerpiece can add subtle holiday accents to the kitchen and dining room. Add a little touch of the festive season to other spaces in your house, such as the bathrooms, hallways, and bedrooms, with a theme-scented candle. Another simple method to get into the holiday spirit and appeal to one of the five senses without breaking the bank or overcrowding our places is to play themed background music.
Clean The Hardest Stuff Now
The time has come to consider cleaning the areas frequently overlooked throughout the year. You can stretch out jobs like cleaning windows, outside areas, and light fixtures over the following weeks. Once an area is deep cleaned, it’s easier to handle routine maintenance. You won’t have to worry about these significant jobs when the Christmas season rolls around, and you can concentrate on enjoyable activities.
Although people typically stand at parties, they’ll probably want somewhere to sit, especially if you are serving a meal. Bring extra seats and cover them with a pretty blanket to create more seating. If you’re hosting any senior citizens, having enough seats is crucial. Additionally, if you need extra room for your guests to socialize, move furniture into a bedroom or office rather than keeping it in the main party area and closer to the walls.
Stock Up and Organize
Prepare ahead of time by stocking up on necessities and storing them. Paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and toothpaste are a few things you should always have on hand. Even if your visitors bring their amenities, it never hurts to be ready, just in case. Additionally, ensure that you have them stacked and out of the way.
Are you ready for the holidays (and everything that comes with them)? Do you intend to follow these steps to get your home ready for the holidays, or do you have any other must-do ideas and tips that you use for prepping your house? Let us know; we’d love to hear your suggestions!
If a kitchen or bathroom renovation is on your mind before the holiday season, call Garden State Soapstone today to schedule a walkthrough at our showroom.