Four Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Holiday Season

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate over good food and conversation. While preparing for this time of year can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to prepare you and your home so that you can enjoy a stress-free holiday with your loved ones.

Make Meaningful Improvements
If you plan to entertain guests for the holiday season, consider making minor renovations to improve your living space. Small, but meaningful improvements, can transform your area when it comes time to have people over. You don’t have to reconfigure a space to give it a quick and easy refresh.

For example, the kitchen will be a popular room in your home during this time of year. Whether you’re in charge of the cooking and baking or simply gathering with your guests, the kitchen will be where you all come together. Consider replacing your backsplash, sink, and fixtures to give your kitchen a new look. Additionally, these components of a kitchen remodel are minimal, so you don’t have to worry about spending all of your holiday savings.

Other quick and easy projects to tackle are: update your bathroom with a new vanity, spruce up your curb appeal with a bright entryway, or give yourself some new flooring. Small details such as these can really transform a space into a warm and cozy environment for you and your guests to enjoy.
If you find that a room in your home feels as though its lacking in the design department, there are simple ways to solve said issue! The options are endless, and ultimately it’s up to you and what you feel will improve the functionality and design of your home.

Organize and Deep Clean
It’s not a good feeling to be stressed over a messy house before you plan to have guests over. To prevent this, organize and deep clean your home about ahead of when you plan to entertain.
A few easy ways to get your home in order are: purge unused and unwanted items, remove clutter, and deep clean bathrooms and the kitchen.

Start by going through closets and cabinets to pull out items that you have never used or decide that you don’t want to keep. This will not only keep you organized in the future but provide room for your guests to keep their items while visiting. This is also an excellent opportunity to participate in the spirit of giving and donate lightly used items to a local thrift store.

Take the time to deep clean high traffic rooms in your home to ensure they are guest-ready. Clean out appliances, so they are fresh and ready to be used. Go through your fridge and purge any out of date items to make room for possible leftovers. Be sure to wipe down surfaces and give the floors a good cleaning to really make each room sparkle. If you don’t know where to start in the process of cleaning your home, create a cleaning checklist to help you complete every task.

If you know that any of your guests may be bringing children, its best to childproof your home beforehand. Simple tasks such as moving candles and fragile decor out of reach, and covering electrical outlets will make for a worry-free celebration.

To go the extra mile, you should block off dangerous areas such as stairwells with a baby gate to prevent any falls. Also, make a note of blinds or curtains with long cords that can form a loop, tie them up, and keep them out of sight to prevent any injuries.

It’s also a good idea to have a designated area where small children can play within the direct line of sight of their parents. That way, everyone can enjoy each other’s company, without the worry of possible dangers.

The final aspect of preparing your home is decorating. While decorating for the holidays can feel challenging at times—as this time of year can feel all about extravagance—it’s important to remember that less is more. Additionally, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve the look you desire.

Begin by choosing a color scheme to decorate with. This will help you select pieces that complement each other and create a sense of unity throughout your home. If you need inspiration, look for holiday color combos you’ve never tried before to make your home decor unique.

Be sure to practice repetition so that your decor flows from room to room. For example: If you choose a candy-cane theme for your decor, you should implement candy canes throughout each room, on the stairway garland, and on the wreath of your front door. Ultimately, keep in mind that you should decorate for yourself and what you like. Utilize pieces that bring you joy and will immerse you in the holiday spirit. And, most importantly, don't forget to have fun!

By taking the time to make minor home improvements, clean and organize, childproof, and decorate your home, you will be sure to have a fun and stress-free holiday with the ones you love.

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