Planning and preparing your home for the holidays can be really exhausting and frustrating especially if you have no idea where to start. You can breathe now because we’re here to rescue you.
We have listed some things that you can do that can help get you started in the right direction and hopefully, as you follow them, you can add to the list some of the more specific things that you plan to do around the house this Christmas.
8 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Different Activities and Festivities this Christmas
First and foremost, for you to pull this one off with as little stress and frustration as possible, you need to get started immediately. They say that the best time to get started was yesterday. The second best day is today.
So stop putting it aside. Avoid procrastinating and just get to work. Now.
Consider hiring professionals.
When you’re preparing your home for the holidays, you need to consider both function and aesthetics. If you need some stuff fixed around the house and your DIY skills are almost zero, it is best to call in the big boys to get things done; an emergency plumber, an electrician, perhaps a contractor if necessary. This will help put your mind at ease that everything is in great working condition over the winter season.
Clean and declutter around the house.
Once you’ve taken care of the things that need to be repaired in and around the house, start cleaning up and clearing the house of your clutter. You will need to really set aside time to do this, especially decluttering, because it is such a tedious process.
Just make sure that when you declutter, focus on it first. Once you’re done or fully satisfied with your work, then you can clean up and organize.
Put the decors up.
Let’s say everything around the house works like clockwork and you’ve got rid of your clutter and rubbish and made the place all spick-and-span. The next thing you need to do is to start dressing your home up for the season. Buy a nice tree and set it up in an ideal location around the house. Put up some Christmas lights and decors not just inside but even outside to add to your home’s holiday curb appeal.
Start stocking up your pantry.
One of the most stressful things about the holidays is the Christmas rush. Keep your trips to the grocery store at a minimum and avoid the rush by stocking up food ingredients and supplies in your pantry. Buying them in bulk early also lets you enjoy greater savings, too.
Freezer meals help you save on time.
Since the holiday season is the busiest time of the year anywhere, you might find yourself with very little time to prepare and cook meals for your family. For this reason, it might be best if you cook large amounts of food that will last you and your family for a few days. Just keep them in the freezer in the meantime so that when it’s time for the food to be served, you just need to reheat it. This is a great time saver, especially during this hectic season.
Set up a gift-wrapping station in one area.
Designate a corner or a spot somewhere inside your home as a gift-wrapping station. This way, you keep things still organized at home by providing an area where you can place all the items and wrapping materials. This makes it easier for you to wrap presents for your loved ones as everything you need is in a central location.
Set up an area with an ideal background for Zoom calls.
Under normal circumstances, the last item we would put on this list is to prepare your house for some holiday guests since a lot of families get together during this time. Kids who are in boarding school typically go home for the winter to spend Christmas with their families. Other relatives plan trips to see family in different parts of the world and stay with them for a few days.
However, with COVID-19 still in the air, very little travelling will take place this holiday season. But this doesn’t mean that you can no longer spend time with your loved ones. Thanks to technology, you can celebrate the season, albeit virtually, with your family and friends. Set up a nice area in your home that has a nice background where you can go on Zoom or Skype to be with your loved ones.