We know, we know. It’s not even time for the Thanksgiving meal and we’re already talking about Christmas. We’re not trying to rush anything, we just want to give you plenty of time to plan out your meal or party. Hosting holiday activities requires patience, planning, and (most importantly) lots of eggnog!
The goal here is to create a welcoming home that is comfortable, fun, and functional. Use these steps to prepare your home for Christmas:
1. Clean from top to bottom
Let’s be honest here...you probably don’t look forward to cleaning your house. You may not want to get down on your hands and knees to scrub baseboards or spend the night polishing silverware, but you’ll be glad you did. During the holiday season you will want your home to look its best, so spend extra time working on the details. Here are some great holiday cleaning tips.
2. Plan the meal early on
Even if you just iron out a few details, spend some time a week or two before the meal to create your shopping list. After you’ve figured out what you are having, spend time organize how it’s going to happen. Figure out what you can make in advance and what order you will prepare food on the day of your party.
3. Organize the dining space
You may not need to get too rigid about a seating arrangement, but it certainly helps to think about the logistics of how the meal will go down. You don’t want anyone to have to stand during the meal, so spend some time arranging chairs and tables to make sure it will work.
4. Declutter your home
We know what you’re thinking. Didn’t they just tell me to clean the house in number 1? We did, but we didn’t mention clutter because it deserves its own space! A clean house is great, but it doesn’t mean much if your guests still can’t make their way around your home due to clutter. The old saying says, “out of sight out of mind,” and it’s true for your guests during holiday time.
5. Dress up your doors
As guests arrive they’ll be greeted by one thing even before you get to say hello, your door. Make a great first impression by dressing up your doors with a festive holiday wreath. You don’t have to pay big bucks for something fancy, you can even try to make one of your own DIY wreaths.
6. Accomodate for overnight guests
Even if you’re not planning on overnight guests, it’s a good idea to prepare for them. You never know who may sip a little too much wassel and need to spend the night! Wash all the bedding, get a few extra pillows and blankets, and be sure the furnace vents are open so your guests don’t freeze!
7. Check your smoke alarms
You’ll be doing a lot of cooking and your furnace will be working overtime during the holiday season so make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are functioning.
8. Prepare for winter weather
Everyone’s crossing their fingers for a white Christmas, right? Even if you’re not looking for a snowy day it could happen so plan for it. Keep sidewalk salt and a snow shovel hand so you can clean the walks for your guests before they arrive.
Are you hosting a holiday event this year? What’s your best cleaning/preparation tip for surviving the holiday season? Share in the comments below!