It’s December and you know what that means! Only a few more weeks until Christmas. If you need an excuse to get your butt in gear and get ready for the holidays, this is it. You can no longer hide behind the fact that it’s only November. The Christmas season is upon us and with that comes get togethers, family meals, shopping trips and getting your home ready for all of the celebrations that are about to take place!
6 Ways To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays
Clean Out Your Hall Closet – Go through everything that won’t be needed for the winter months. Find a new home for fall and summer jackets, store flip flops, running shoes and anything else that will not be needed until spring. This way, you only have what’s needed and you will have lots of room for big winter coats and extra space to hang up your guests items when they come by for a visit.
Deep Clean – Crank up the Christmas music and have everyone in your family chip in. Clean your fridge, stove, pantry, baseboards and walls. All of those little things that seem to get missed and forgotten about all together. This is the perfect time of year to get your home sparkling for the holidays!
Dinner and Food Prep – If you are having lots of people over, or want to provide family and friends with baked goods and casseroles, now is the time to start thinking about those things. Start to look for sales on pantry items you will need, go ahead and start baking your cookies and freeze them until you are ready to decorate and plan out your meals. This little bit of pre planning will make the holidays go so much smoother.
Decorate – Duh! Get your stockings hung, lights up and anything else you like to do that adds some holiday cheer to your home. Do it now so you can enjoy it all month and have it all ready for people that will start to pop by to wish you a Merry Christmas!
Winterize – Rake up leaves, store your kids outdoor toys, cover up the bbq and tarp anything else outside that you don’t want getting ruined by the impending snow. The last thing you want to be doing is walking through 2 feet of snow to the shed, pulling your kids water table behind you.
Purge – If you have kids, this is a very important one. No matter how many people you tell that your kids don’t really need anymore toys for Christmas, they will gets toys! That’s what people do for the little ones in your life. Make it easier on yourself by going through your current toy lot. Pick out toys that have never been used, or are barely used and donate them. Also throw out broken crayons, dried Play-Doh and any toys that may be broken or not working properly. This bit of prep is so handy and it won’t leave you AND your kids overwhelmed after Christmas day.