Oh, the holidays…the most wonderful time of the year...Wonderful yes, but they can also be very stressful!
Maybe you’re expecting out of town guests or have decided to host a holiday party. Or perhaps you just want your home warm and festive for your family to enjoy. Whatever the case may be, it's now time to prepare and get to work!
With the right planning you can enjoy this time of preparation and look forward to a fun and relaxing time with family and friends.
By following these helpful, last-minute tips, you will have some tools to set you on the right path to an enjoyable stress-free holiday season.
Spruce Up the Main Spaces
Don’t concern yourself with every intricate detail. Focus on the main areas of your home that will be visible to your guests. Your entry, front porch, kitchen, living room and bathrooms. For those unexpected moments grab a laundry basket, fill it up and stowaway in a closet! Another quick tip for missed dusty spots, grab a sock and dust away!
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Replace Everyday Scents with Seasonal Ones
Holiday-scented candles or essential oils are a great way to give your home the scents of the season. Since we can’t always enjoy the smell and warmth of fresh cookies baking in the oven, these will fit the bill and provide a warm welcome to your family and guests.
The Holiday Table
What is lovelier than the holiday table. Time to display those beautiful dishes, and décor. Create a beautiful, festive tablescape featuring printable place-cards, color-coordinated dinnerware and fresh, seasonal blooms or a gorgeous center piece.
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Let's talk about floors
While cleaning your own floors without the help of a professional may seem like an intimidating task, it definitely is possible. We have here all the tips you need to clean vinyl, carpet, hardwood and tile.
Maybe you are beyond cleaning and are ready to replace your flooring this holiday season but think you won’t have the time. You will be surprised to learn that you do still have time to install new floors. Find the right floor, the right price and the right installer. You and your guests will love your new floors and you will wonder why you ever waited.
Clean out the Refrigerator and Oven
If you will be cooking the holiday feast and not having it catered, you might want to start with a fresh and clean start. There are lots of cleaning supplies out there that will make it a snap. While you're at it…take that caked on cookie tin or pan that has seen better days and spray it with some oven cleaner. You will be thrilled with the outcome!
By making sure your fridge is nice and clean and free of clutter, you will now have the space to store items you have prepped in advance. Don’t try to do it all in one day. A little at a time will help relieve some stress. You may even want to prep and store some cookie dough; you can then pop some in the oven quickly for a yummy treat and welcoming scent.
Get Ready for Your Houseguests
Opening your home is a nice gesture and in and of itself welcoming. To take the welcome a step further, take some time to tidy up the guest room and bathroom for overnight guests. Make sure there are toiletries available, plenty of clean towels, pillows and blankets and you will make them feel right at home and not have worry about a thing. Not to mention, they will feel welcomed and cozy.
Be Prepared for Tiny Tots
Maybe you don’t have children of your own, or they are all out of the house. Your guests that do have kids will really appreciate the time you took to baby-proof your home. A good rule of thumb: Just be aware of what is in babies reach.
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An Open Fire
For the ultimate cozy factor, what is better than a crackling fire? Entertain your guests with fire burning in the fireplace. No fireplace, no worries, just keep plenty of fuzzy blankets at hand.
So this year, relax and enjoy your holidays with delicious food, great conversation and new memories surrounded by those near and dear to your heart — you deserve it!