It’s that time of the year when there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do. We plan to go to places; see people and take part in activities we’ve been putting off all year long. It can get crazy and out of control if you do not have things planned and figured out early enough. To top it off, it always seems to be the time for unexpected visitors and last-minute entertaining!
This article aims at tipping you off on a few handy hints for preparing your home for the festive season. This is preparation beyond the decorating and gift buying, it’s making sure your home is ready to welcome joyous celebration.
If you are expecting visitors over the holidays, or you just want to sort out the house ready for Christmas, then try these tips.
- Declutter: There is something about getting rid of a heap of stuff that clears your head and gives you a fresh start. Before the onslaught of gifts from Christmas come in, take some time to clear out anything that you no longer need. The primary test for decluttering is to ask yourself 3 questions, do you need it? Do you love it? Do you use it? If it doesn’t pass this test, then, out it goes! Be ruthless in carrying out this exercise. You can do it!
- Stock the freezer. Last minute entertaining is always going to be part of the yuletide. Make your life easier by stocking up the freezer with as much food as you possibly can.
- Give the surroundings a once over: If you don’t have much time, focus on the entry area. Sweep the entrance, pull out any weeds, brush off the door mat and get rid of any cobwebs and fallen leaves.
4. Keep on top of the bathrooms. With visitors coming and going the bathrooms are generally the first areas that need a once over. Do a two-minute speed clean each evening and you’ll be ready for anything the festive season has to throw at you.
5. Schedule in big jobs. If you’ve been putting off some big jobs during the year, schedule them in now before the craziness begins. It’s time to have the rugs and sofa cleaned up. Make a list of anything else that needs to be done before the Christmas events start and schedule them in.
6. Prepare supplies. If you are expecting visitors over the festive season then now is a good time to iron any tablecloths, check you’ve got enough glasses, pull out the good dinner set and give it some good old cleaning; prepare any other entertaining supplies that you might need. It’s no fun searching for the salad bowl on Christmas Eve or realizing you don’t have enough chairs as everyone sits down for lunch.
7. Delegate. The festive season is a time for everyone to get a break and have some time out. That includes YOU! Make a list of everything that needs doing in the lead up to the holidays and then delegate tasks. A cleaning agency would do you a truckload of good. Kids can also be of mighty help as there are heaps of things they can help out with; and now is the perfect time to encourage them to join in the Christmas spirit.
Remember that the holidays are meant to be a time for rest, relaxation, friends and family. At the end, try to remember that people are coming to your home to visit you, not to evaluate your housekeeping skills. If all else fails, shove everything in a few washing baskets, stick them in a bedroom and pour yourself and guests’ glasses of wine. And no one will be the wiser. *winks*
Visiting our showroom at 30, Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island could give you the inspiration you need to prepare your home for the Yuletide season.
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