Tips To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays
OK, Thanksgiving is over, so now it’s time to talk about decorating for Christmas, right? RIGHT? The traditionalists say don’t put your holiday decorations up until after Turkey Day, but some people go ahead and start spreading their Christmas Joy a little early. With that in mind, let’s talk about a few ways to get your home ready for the holidays.
As with most things in life, getting your home ready for the holidays becomes a lot easier when you prepare early. And by early, think July. Christmas decorations will be on clearance sale then, so it’s a great time to stock up on items like extra lights, knickknacks, wreaths, tablecloths, and other sundry items. And don’t forget that once you buy all of these great items to decorate for the holidays, you’ll need a way to organize them. Use a journal to jot down ideas for how you’d like to decorate each room, and then it’s easy to list the decorations and where they go into an easy-to-use binder. That’ll save a lot of time when decorating.
Planning early also applies to gifts (buying and giving). Set your budget for gift-giving, and then use paper and pen — or a note app on your phone — to create lists of recipients. Not everyone needs a new MacBook, and not everyone will welcome a store-bought (or even homemade) fruitcake. Once you’ve budgeted for gifts and purchased them, don’t wait around to wrap them up. Delivery boxes are like rabbits … they can multiply quickly. So break those boxes down and get them out of the house quickly.
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Clean and Tidy
Holiday home care is a lot like cooking in the kitchen. Things go much smoother when you clean and tidy up as you go. The ladder that you used to put the angel on top of the tree goes back in the garage, not leaned up against the wall to the garage. Boxes and totes need to be put away once you’re done using them. One of the things that helps people de-stress during the holidays is having a tidy and comfortable living space. Remember that the holidays should be fun — and keeping your stress low by not allowing simple chores to go undone can go a long way to help ensure that you’re enjoying this time of year!
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