The big day is fast approaching – make sure your home is ready with these handy tips
This is it – Christmas! Well, almost. December is now well and truly underway, and we’re sure, like us, you’ve been swept away with the magic of the festive season. However, we’ll forgive you if you’re a little behind on sorting out the house – Christmas shopping and planning is exhausting. Whilst decorating traditionally starts in the 12 days before Christmas, it’s always good to get your home ready before then to save on stress before the big day. Here are our top tips to get your home into shape.
First things first, make sure your home is clean and tidy before you even start thinking about having guests to stay. Work through one room at a time, making sure that the carpets are vacuumed and clean, surfaces dusted, and any cobwebs removed. This is a good time to get rid of any unwanted clutter and rubbish too – take a bin bag with you to make this easier and try to be ruthless, it’ll pay off in the long run! It’s also a good time to update your interiors – if you have any rugs or cushions that are looking a little tired, or any curtains that have seen better days, now’s the time to re-stock.
Undeniably one of the most important rooms at Christmas, the kitchen is at the heart of all things festive. And in order to make sure it’s fully ready for the onslaught of prepping and cooking for the festive season, now is the time to whip it into shape. To start with, go through your cupboards and throw away anything that’s been lingering at the back for a long time – even herbs and spices don’t keep forever. It’s likely you’ll be using every pan, utensil and glass available, so make sure you have everything you need for cooking and replace any chipped mugs or glasses.
If you’ve got guests visiting, then it’s crucial that you make your hallway as welcoming (and accessible) as possible. Vacuum the carpets, clean the walls and start clearing away any clutter that has accumulated there over time. Lots of bulky coats taking up lots of space? Buy an extra set of coat hooks to balance them out and allow for guests’ coats. Shoes in a pile? Invest in a shoe rack or even a big box to store them in easily.
It’s likely we’ll encounter some rain this holiday season, so make sure there is an umbrella stand handy and if you’ve got a shelf, try putting in a scented oil burner or diffuser to make your home smell as welcoming as it looks.
Room at the inn
If you’ve got friends or relatives staying, then it’s vital that your spare room is up to scratch. Throughout the year, this space will take on many roles – study, nursery or even a music room – so now is the time to convert it back to a comfortable and cosy bedroom. Clear and box-up all the clutter that has gathered on any sides or desks and store away safely for after Christmas. This is a good time to sift through any piles of paperwork that have been building up – simply shred anything you don’t need! Make sure there’s space in the wardrobe so guests can hang their own clothes, and if there’s an en suite bathroom, make sure it’s spick and span.