The Christmas season is just around the corner, and in anticipation of all the festivities, you must get your home ready. While the holidays are exciting and happy times for everybody, preparing your home for this season is less exciting and more daunting. There is usually an unending list of to-dos, to-buys, and to-cook in preparation for Christmas. Ticking off home preparation early enough makes the task less daunting and gives you more time to do other things before the D-day. Preparing your home for Christmas is overwhelming without a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide. Here are ways to get your home ready for Christmas.
1. Make A Plan of What To Do
A detailed plan gives you an idea of what to do, how to do it, and the time needed to carry it out. Writing down your plan on paper (or type it on your phone/tablet) simplifies the task ahead. Write down a list of tasks to be done, including subtasks of each big task. This list should include decorations, buying gifts, meal plan & prep, confirming expected guests (if you’re expecting guests during the holiday), and making reservations for outings. You can also go the extra mile of having a theme for your Christmas celebration. Include the theme of the holidays in all your plans. The planning phase takes time, so, you should start as early as possible. With your detailed plan, your preparation is a lot easier.
2. Declutter All The Spaces in Your Home
A home ready for Christmas is a decluttered and clean home. Cleaning is easier before doing the decorations and bringing in the Christmas tree. Declutter the living room, bedrooms, stores, and kitchen. Clear out shelves and surfaces and put away unwanted items. This is a good time to declutter wardrobes and clear out clothes you do not need in preparation for Christmas and the coming new year. Declutter the refrigerator, cabinets, and countertops too. Inspect your Christmas decoration items for the ones to be reused, stored for later, or thrown out entirely. Do not forget the guest rooms too! Decluttering your home frees up space for new additions and clears your head in preparation for the holidays. Arrange items you are keeping, donate, and throw out the others.
3. Deep-clean Your Home
After decluttering, cleaning is the next step. Deep-clean rooms, storage spaces, and surfaces. Clean kitchen equipment like refrigerator, ovens, microwave, and dishwasher. Do not try to clean your entire home at once, it would get overwhelming. Clean bit by bit. To save time, you can also clean as you declutter. If you have kids, delegating cleaning tasks helps you get the job done and creates the holiday spirit. It is good practice to get your home sparkling before you deck the halls with boughs of holly.
4. Go Shopping for Needed Items
From the list, you made while planning and your general assessment during decluttering, go shopping and buy all the needed items. Replace or fix broken home items like sofas, beds, light fixtures, kitchen utensils. Also, shop for decorations, a Christmas tree, ornaments, and other Christmas-themed items. Your Christmas shopping should also include stocking up your refrigerator and freezers with foodstuff for the holidays. Make sure you check for deals and discounts for budget-friendly Christmas shopping. Buy in bulk for a reduced price. The least expensive time to buy Christmas items is way before Christmas. Start your Christmas shopping as early as in August or September.
What is Christmas preparation without turning your home into a land of green, red, and winter wonderland? Decorate the main spaces, including the living room, dining area, kitchen, and front porch. Add Christmas touches to hallways and bedrooms too. A great idea would be to have a designated space or room that is the main Christmas room for the year. Reuse old Christmas ornaments and decor items to save money. You can also save money by buying a beautiful Christmas tree that requires less decorating. Lights and shiny ornaments are affordable and they create an atmosphere of festivity. With Christmas decorations, like most things, less is usually enough. Decorate according to the design and style of your home. Decorating your home with family, especially children is fun and sets the mood for the holiday.
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6. Wrap Gifts for Family and Friends
Christmas is not complete without nice gifts. After buying thoughtful gifts for family and friends, wrap them in Christmas-themed wrapping papers. Adding ribbons, raffia, or fabric scraps adds design and a personal touch to the gifts. Tag your gifts as you wrap them.
7. Meal Prep in Advance
The delicious meals are the best highlight of Christmas. However, Christmas cooking can be a lot of stress. Making meals in advance will help you ease the stress of Christmas cooking. Cook meals that can be stored for weeks (for example, casseroles and soups). Mix doughs and baking paste and store in plastic bags and foil papers. Wash, cut, spice, and do all other mini-tasks to make your Christmas cooking less stressful.
8. Set The Mood
Stock up on blankets to make your home look and feel cozy. Buy CDs and play Christmas music to create the Christmas mood. Use candles to add ambiance. Handcrafts and throw pillows also add to the mood of the holidays.
9. Prepare for Guests
If you are having guests over during the holidays, you should prepare for them. Prepare their rooms and everything they will need to be comfortable in your home. Organize fun activities for your guests.
In preparing your home, do not neglect the exteriors. Add topiaries, lights, flowers, and decorations to your front door and entryways.
Christmas is a jolly good time for fun and exciting celebrations. Your home is where most of the holiday fun happens, so, preparing your home is a necessary step. Early preparation guarantees you the ease of taking your time and getting your home ready as soon as possible.