Getting Your Home Christmas Ready
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It is a season of giving, gathering and merrymaking. Most of all, our homes serve as the focal point of most celebrations and to most homemakers, it’s the busiest time of the year too.
Since Christmas is unlike any celebration of the year, many people go to great lengths to prepare their homes but, as most of you already know, all the preparations can get overwhelming. It shouldn’t have to be this way. Yes, there are certainly a lot of things to do but you don’t have to break your back to make everybody happy.
Today, let’s take a look at some of the tips that can make your home Christmas ready and put your mind at ease.
Clear away the clutter. Cleaning your home and clearing away unnecessary stuff as early as possible is the first thing that you should do. If possible, don’t do this alone. You can ask the other members of the family to help you to clean the house by assigning them a room they can take charge of.
It would be wise to start in the main areas of your home such as the living room and kitchen and then ease your way to the areas with less foot traffic.
At this time of the year, your oven and carpets will probably need deep cleaning. If you want to do it yourself, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda can be used to spot clean your carpet while a mixture of water and vinegar can be used to clean your oven.
In the living room, prepare an area where you can put the Chrtistmas tree and readily wrapped gifts. In the kitchen, take a look at your refrigerator, cupboards and countertops. Throw away any expired food and unnecessary items. It would be wise to take all items inside the cupboard and refrigerator then clean it thoroughly. Before putting things such as pots, pans, plates, and cups back, wash and dry them thoroughly.
If you think you don’t have the time to do this, don’t fret. You can always call on a cleaning specialist to take care of that.
Once you have done the main rooms, its time to turn to the bedrooms! Why not start with your wardrobe. Is it filled with clothes and shoes that haven’t seen the light of day for years? If so, why don’t you take them out and do something good with it? If you want to earn extra money, you can sell them online. You can also donate them to charity or simply give them away to people you know, who can make use of them.
Deck the halls. Nothing can make your home Christmas-ready more than filling it with holiday decor. If you’re on a tight budget, stick to decorating the main spaces of your home using holiday decor that you have collected for many years or splash out on new ones that have caught your fancy.
Put garlands and holiday lights all over the living room. Make it more cosy by adding some Christmas-themed throws and pillows. In the kitchen, you can use Christmas-themed dish towels, placemats and centrepieces.
Don’t forget your bathroom. Simply add a candle with a scent that reminds you of the holidays. A peppermint or chocolate scented candle would smell lovely, don’t you agree? It’s an inexpensive way of adding a holiday touch.
To complete the holiday mood, play Christmas music that can be heard all over the house.
Don’t forget the outside too. Place a wreath on your door and some holiday plants or decor on the porch. If it is within your budget, fill the outside of your house with outdoor holiday lights! That will surely make your house look festive and jolly!
Fill your cupboards with goodies. So that you can stay away from the madness of the Christmas rush, stock your cupboards as early as possible. Check what you already have and stock up on items that you may need in the coming weeks. If possible, buy non-perishable items and buy it when they are on sale.
To make your life easier, make a list of things you need to buy in the grocery every week and order them from a store that delivers your items with a minimal fee. Then all you need to do the next week is check on items that you need to restock, order and have them delivered to your doorstep. That’s a hassle-free way of stocking your pantry!
Make the guests feel at home. It doesn’t take much to accomplish this. If you’re inviting guests over to your home, you could stick with the same bedding that you use at any time of the year but add a holiday touch by spraying the bedding with Christmas scented linen spray and adding a Christmas throw pillow or why not splash out on some Christmassy bedding that everyone will love!
Create a list of things to do. So that you will not get overwhelmed, it would be better to plan ahead. Create a schedule when it’s time to buy groceries, clean the home, decorate the entire house, order Christmas gifts and cards, schedule boiler maintenance before there is snow, cook freezer meals or make your home ready for guests.
Just keep it simple. Use your notebook or smartphone to create a checklist. Just remember to have fun. It’s what the holidays are all about!
Cleaning the oven, carpet or even the entire house is not everybody’s idea of a good time. You may have the time to do it but you usually don’t feel like doing it. We understand that cleaning is a lot of hard work which is why we are here.
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You can rest assured we’ll deliver a standard above the rest. We’ll do the pre-holiday hard work for you so you don’t have to!