There’s nothing like holiday celebrations to draw loved ones closer together as a family. If you’re hosting holiday dinners or parties during the season, now’s a good time to prepare your home for receiving guests. Preparing your home ahead of time will ensure you and your guests enjoy a clean and tidy environment for the holidays. A neat and tidy home makes a warm and welcoming setting for those you love. Here are a few ideas to get you started in preparing your home for the holidays.
De-Clutter with a Vengeance!
Go through your home and get rid of anything and everything that has no real use other than to clutter your property. This includes worn or outdated clothing, old electronics, newspapers and magazines, knickknacks hiding in your closet, etc. You’ll be surprised at how much extra space you have once you de-clutter. This space can then be put to good use for storing winter clothing, blankets, towels and other household goods. Your home will take on a new look just by de-cluttering.
Once you’ve de-cluttered the main living areas of your home, start on your garage, basement and attic. Get rid of items you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time. Donate useful items to charity and throw away the junk. A clean home, garage, basement and attic minimize the risk of accidents on your property. De-cluttering also gets rid of items that could pose a fire hazard.
Deep Clean Living Areas
Once you’ve gotten rid of clutter, look around to see what areas have been neglected in your regular cleaning. Your home may need some deep cleaning before the holidays. Wash dirty windows and curtains to improve natural lighting in your home and eliminate dust that can trigger allergies. Deep clean your kitchen in preparation for hosting dinner parties. Touch up walls with a fresh coat of paint to enhance interior decor. Professional carpet cleaning may also be a project you’ll want to tackle before guests arrive.
Carpet cleaning services done by a professional remove dirt, grime and stains, so your carpets look like new. With all sorts of guests coming, be sure to find a company that uses products safe around children and pets. Professional carpet cleaning will bring out the beauty in your carpets and create a pleasing, healthy environment for your family and guests.
Upgrade Kitchen Utensils
Go through your kitchen to see how you fare with plates, cups, glasses and silverware. You may have chipped mugs, cracked plates or rusted silverware that need replacing. Make sure you have nice serving plates and bowls for holiday meals and sufficient Tupperware to store leftovers. Attractive place settings will make your meals that much more enjoyable. Once the kitchen is in order, make your holiday food list and do your shopping. Now would be a good time to pick up that cookbook you’ve always wanted along with holiday tablecloth, napkins and other accessories you may need for your festivities.
Prepare Guest Room
If you’re having relatives stay in your home, prepare the guest room in advance so it will be nice and cozy upon their arrival. Make sure guest bedding is freshly washed and bedroom furniture is free of dust. Your guest should also have sufficient lighting for night time reading. Placing fresh cut flowers on a nightstand next to a plate of homemade holiday cookies is sure to make your guests feel at home.
Add Holiday Décor
Decorate your home in advance to give it a festive touch. Your holiday décor will set the tone for holiday gatherings. By starting early, you can take time to create an attractive and pleasing environment without feeling stressed or rushed. With so much on your plate for the holidays, you’ll be glad you took care of your home’s décor way before your visitors arrive.
In addition to preparing home décor, you may need to replenish basic essentials such as toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, hand soap and other toiletries before guests arrive. Organize your toiletry cabinet or closet to make it easy for guests to find what they need. You should also have a stock of paper towels on hand for both bathroom and kitchen use.
Spruce Up the Exterior of your Property
Make your home more welcoming by sprucing up your entrance-way and keeping up with your landscaping. Your grass should be cut, hedges trimmed and plants looking their best when your guests arrive. If you plan to entertain in the back yard, make sure your patio and landscaping is up to par to receive holiday guests.
Through advanced planning and the help of some professional cleaning, your home can be in tiptop shape for the holidays.