Think of prepping your home for the holiday season as setting the stage. A theater company wouldn’t invite guests to watch the show if the stage was bare, the actors unrehearsed, and the rest of the venue dim and unkempt. The same goes for your home! Strive to make your home a place of warmth and festivities for those you plan to welcome into it, whether that’s just extended family members or friends and neighbors you are gathering for a holiday party. In this post, we will take a look at a few things you can do to completely prepare your home for the holiday season.
There is nothing fun about trying to decorate a home that’s messy. You could have gorgeous décor, but it just wouldn’t look as stunning surrounded by clutter. Whether your house just needs a little straightening up or you think it could use a proper fall cleaning, don’t start any holiday-themed projects until your house is tidied up. Clear off countertops; organize closets, drawers, and cabinets; throw out or donate anything that’s been lying around your house for too long that you know you don’t need; and top it all off with some general dusting and vacuuming. If you don’t have the time and energy to do a heavy clean on your own, you have options. Ask your family members to set aside time on a weekend day to clean the house with you. This will make the task less time-consuming and require less effort from you. And after a big family cleaning party, you can reward everyone with yummy holiday treats, hot cocoa, and Christmas movies. The other option is to hire a professional cleaner to come in and do the job for you.
If there is one thing everyone can depend on doing during the holiday season, it’s eating: comfort food on blustery days, yummy treats and delicious dishes at holiday parties, and big feasts on the actual holidays. Don’t leave the grocery shopping to the last minute. You don’t want to deal with showing up to the store only to discover you can’t find the in-demand ingredients you need because everyone else swiped them up before you. Plus, no one wants to trudge through the snow to go to the store for something that you could already have had in your pantry. Stock up on non-perishable pantry items well in advance, and get everything you know you need before the rush of the holiday season begins. You will thank yourself later.
Whether you are hosting several holiday gatherings, attending loads of holiday parties through December, or a combination of both, a jam-packed schedule of holiday festivities can wear out anyone. That is why on days you don’t have anything on the calendar, you should keep your to-do list to a minimum to avoid burnout. Plan your meals so you don’t have to think too much about what to feed your family when you are already tired. Focus on easy-to-make comfort foods and simple, healthy dishes, and sprinkle in a couple of nights of takeout if you have to. The holiday season can be pretty demanding, so alleviate the stress of cooking every night as much as you can to have energy for other things.
Like grocery shopping, shopping for Christmas gifts is best done early in advance. Nothing says “stressful” quite like running around the shopping mall at the last minute trying to find gifts for friends and family. Plus, leaving the holiday shopping to the last minute might limit your options on what to buy. If at all possible, knock out your Christmas gift shopping early. Set a deadline, and stick to it. That way, you can better enjoy the weeks leading up to Christmas instead of constantly fretting about what to get for the people in your life.
Think of the big three when prepping for the holiday season: cleaning, cooking, and gift shopping. Those are your three biggest areas to tackle. Once your house is cleaned, the kitchen is stocked with the food you need to cook, and your gifts are bought, you can start getting into the fun aspects of preparing your home for the holiday season. Put up the tree, string the lights, and continue decorating your home as you please.
Perhaps you like the idea of adding some decorative, holiday-themed throw pillows to your sofa, or updating your Christmas tree skirt, or adding some Christmas blankets to your bed. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to Christmas decorations. Just make your home the winter wonderland you want!
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