Thanksgiving has come and gone. Not two seconds after midnight on Black Friday, holiday music dominated radio stations. We fell asleep stuffed full of turkey and woke up eight hours later with neighborhoods covered in lights, wreaths, and little red bows. The holiday season is finally here.
Ugly sweaters, family gatherings, giant feasts, and tree lighting ceremonies bring joy to most people. However, preparation for the holidays can be stressful.
Whether you’re hosting a family dinner or out-of-town guests – or cozying up with a mug of hot cocoa by yourself – filling your home with holiday joy will lift your spirits.
We suggest these 6 tips to help you prepare your home for the holidays.
If you’re hosting guests or simply staying home for the holidays…
Shovel Outdoor Walkways
Keep your walkways and outdoor staircases clear of ice and snow to prevent accidents. It’s best to be overcautious when it comes to safety.
Pro tip: If you expect to have extraordinary winter weather, get some rock salt to throw down to help melt snow and ice.
Prepare Fire Safety Tools
Have easy-to-use fire extinguishers handy. Having a fire extinguisher handy is step one. Knowing how to use it is step two. Hoping you never have to use it is step three.
Pro tip: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. It’s better to be proactive than to have one chirp while you’re trying to sleep!
Clean High-Traffic Areas
Your house certainly doesn’t have to look like new for the holidays. But tidying up, sweeping, and vacuuming will keep you sane while guests are visiting. If you have limited time to clean, focus on deep-cleaning high traffic areas such as bathrooms, the kitchen, and the entryway.
Pro tip: Clear out your refrigerator. Party foods, beverages, and leftovers can take up space, so use up or toss near-empty condiments before guests arrive.
Stock Extra Toiletries
Take toilet paper, towels, and toiletries out of storage and place them on open shelves or in baskets in your guest bathroom. You’re not stocking a 4-star hotel, but having a few supplies that guests might have forgotten is a nice gesture.
Pro tip: Discreetly place plungers in guest bathrooms … just in case!
Putting up a wreath and some lights near your front door is a quick and painless way to get your family and friends into the holiday spirit.
Pro tip: Candles and holiday music will brighten up the atmosphere inside your home, as well.
If you’re going out of town for the holidays…
Keep Vacation Plans Private
Consider automatic light timers in a few different rooms. This will make it seem like people are currently living in your home.
Pro tip: Avoid posting about your vacation on social media if you go out of town as it tells the world you are not actually home.
No matter how you plan to spend your holiday season, preparation is key. Do you have additional tips for preparing your home for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter or Facebook.