Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

by c21commonweath_ldowling 12. December 2019 11:51

The holidays are here again, which probably means you’ve got a long list of things to do before your guests come over to celebrate. If you’re planning a dinner or holiday party and you’re feeling short on time, don’t worry. Now might not be the best time for major upgrades, but there are a few simple things you can do to make your home a more comfortable and welcoming environment this winter.

Clean Up

Make sure all the communal spaces in your house are clean, if not spotless. You can brighten up the bathroom by spraying hydrogen peroxide on top of countertops to get rid of stains. Place flowers or festive decorations on counters and shelves to add some flair.

Since you’ll likely spend a lot of time in the kitchen this season, check your appliances to make sure they’re all in good working order. Test all your stove burners, clean out the refrigerator, and make sure the dishwasher can get all the grime off your plates. Now is also a good time to sharpen your kitchen knives so they’ll be ready when you cook the holiday feast.

Kid-Proof the Place

If you’re hosting the holiday gathering this year, you might have more young children in your house than you’re used to. Think about making some temporary rearrangements so the kids have a safe space to be their rambunctious selves.

If your guests are bringing a baby, turn your spare bedroom or office into a nursing room. For toddlers and young children, set up a play area in the corner of the living room with toys, books, pillows, and maybe a TV. Older kids might get a kick out of helping in the kitchen—invite them to stir the pot or set the table. For dessert, prepare a batch of cookie dough ahead of time so the kids can have fun with baking and decorating cookies.

Last but not least, remember to put away any expensive items that could be damaged by children running around.

Light Up the Exterior

Nothing makes a home feel inviting like a well-lit entryway, and the holidays are a great opportunity to get creative with your display. If you celebrate Christmas, traditional green and red lights always look good around windows or lining a walkway. Hanukkah-themed lights tend to be blue and white, and you may find a pretty display in the shape of a menorah or Star of David.

No matter what holiday you celebrate, classic winter white is always a solid lighting option—glowing “icicles” hanging from your eave will look nice well into January. Once you’ve taken care of all the holiday lighting, check up on your everyday lights too. Make sure your porch light and any others lighting the driveway have fresh bulbs.

The holidays are stressful for some, but the feeling of being with family in a clean and cozy home is always worth a little legwork. Good luck with your holiday housekeeping—we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating.