December is here, meaning that if you have not made any progress with Christmas preparations, now is the last moment to do so. One task that many homeowners tend to postpone is making their house ready for celebrations. While it may seem like a Herculean task at first, once you divide it into a few parts, getting your home prepared for Christmas will start to look much more doable.
Besides decluttering the space and decorating the main spaces with custom Christmas ornaments, you should also clean up in the kitchen, place some holiday-themed accessories around the house, and stock the pantry. Another good idea is to prepare guest bedrooms for the arrival of your family members.
Here is a collection of tips that will help you prepare your home for the upcoming festive season:
If you have not done so already, decluttering your home should be your top priority. It doesn’t matter if you are preparing for the upcoming holiday season or a visit from your in-laws – the more space you have, the easier it will be to move around and clean. And nothing says that you are ready for celebrating Christmas more than a clean house. Make sure to go through every room in your home and find things to declutter.
Begin by sorting through your clothes. If they are in good condition but no longer bring you joy, you may want to consider donating them to a charity or selling them in a consignment store instead of just throwing them away. Sort through your pantry and throw away the items close to expiration.
Once the clutter is gone, vacuum the entire house, mop the floor, and sweep the porch. Make sure also to clean up any mess that might be hiding in your garage and basement.
Stock the Pantry
Have you ever noticed that no matter how much food you have in your pantry at the beginning of December, it seems to vanish overnight? The same thing happens with all the other household necessities as well.
Instead of running over to the supermarket every time someone comes to visit, make sure you have all the essentials on hand. It is best to purchase them when they are on sale to save some money on groceries.
If you plan on cooking something special for Christmas dinner or want to make homemade treats for your guests, then stock up on the ingredients you need. As far as drinks go, make sure you have enough bottles of wine and champagne on hand, as well as coffee pods for coffee machines.
Get the House Ready for Guests
It is essential to make sure that your house is ready for guests. This means that it should be comfortable, clean, and well-decorated. First and foremost, ensure that your guest rooms are ready. This includes cleaning out any items that are not needed, making sure that the bedding is fresh and well-made, and decorating the walls with some festive Christmas ornaments.
Also, make sure that there is toilet paper, tissues, hand soap, and clean towels in each bathroom and also take a few minutes to clean them thoroughly.
Clean the Kitchen
If you plan to have many guests over for Christmas dinner, but you usually do not cook much, it is high time to clean up the kitchen and ensure there is enough room in your pantry or refrigerator to store all the food you will need. If you find yourself short on space, you may want to consider getting a new cabinet or two.
You should also ensure that your kitchen is clean and that all the appliances are in good working order. Run a vacuum cleaner through the floor and wipe the counters with a damp cloth. You may also want to polish the handles of the appliances or the faucets so that they look shiny and new.
Decorate the Main Spaces
One thing that many homeowners neglect is decorating their house’s main spaces with Christmas-themed decorations. Besides being the first things people will see when they come in, they are also a great way of bringing some holiday spirit into your home.
Use ornaments and other decorations to make your house look festive: centerpieces, garlands, candle holders, etc. Besides, if you own a fireplace mantle, this is the perfect place for a beautiful decorative tree.
You can also use Christmas ornaments as a way of adding personality to your little corners. For example, if you have a nook where you read books or if you have a home office, decorating these spaces with a few ornaments here and there will make it look more festive and inviting. Plus, it will not take much effort on your part!
As you can see, preparing your home for Christmas does not have to be difficult – the key is to have a plan and the right tools at hand. And there is no better time to get your house ready for Christmas than now.
Make sure to declutter the space, stock the pantry, clean up the kitchen, and decorate the main spaces with Christmas ornaments. This way, you will get your house ready for the holiday season in no time.
However, if you want to go the extra mile and make your home look like a winter wonderland, feel free to experiment with other ideas. With some creativity and patience, you should have no problems creating a magical holiday atmosphere in your home.