Prepping for the holidays can be stressful, there’s no doubt about that. If it’s your home that everyone will be piling in for meals and/or exchanging Christmas gifts this year, your mind is probably going a mile a minute trying to make sure everything is just right. We get it! That’s why we’ve put together a few pointers below to (hopefully) keep your home clean and your mind on track!
Focus on the main living areas: With Christmas right around the corner, there’s no time to spruce up every nook and cranny in your home. Instead, focus on the main living areas and entrances. Start by picking up any and all clutter and make sure you remove anything unnecessary. You can always put everything back after the holidays! This will keep your area open for guests to hang out without the house feeling overcrowded.
Another quick tip for the entryway is to make a “home” for coats and jackets for you guests. Especially if it happens to rain (or snow) that day!
Declutter the kitchen: Start by taking everything off the counters and clean them to prep for any cookie-making parties. Then, when you put things back, try to leave plenty of space on the counters. It can feel cluttered and get pretty messy when there are several things taking up counter space, especially when you might have multiple people cooking in the kitchen with you!
Also, cleaning out your fridge and pantry by tossing any expired food is a must. With all of the food and meals needed for you and your guests, all that empty space gets full pretty quickly!
Spruce up the guest rooms: If you’re going to have guests this holiday season, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re comfortable. Besides the surface-level cleaning, like making the beds and organizing, consider putting together an overnight basket for your guests that include the essentials, like toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, etc. This includes the guest bathrooms, as well! You want your guests to feel comfortable in all rooms of your home.
Add some sitting areas: If you plan on having a house full of family and friends this year, your home may need a few temporary upgrades. If you don’t normally host several people at the same time in your home, it might be a good idea to bring in some extra chairs or ottomans and arrange your sitting areas so your guests can move and engage freely throughout your home.
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is to enjoy being with your family and friends. The holiday season is all about making memories and spending time with your loved ones. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!