The holidays are right around the corner, and with them come family gatherings and holiday parties. Do you have plans to host any family gatherings this year? If so, you’ll want to make sure your home channels the holiday spirit and is ready for the extra company. Maybe that means it’s time to tackle some cleaning or renovation projects that you’ve been putting off for a while. And if you’re not even sure where to start, don’t fret—we’ve got an entire list of preparation ideas to inspire you. Follow these tips to get your home holiday-ready just in time for your upcoming holiday parties.
Declutter Everywhere You Can
Start by taking this chance to declutter as many spaces in your home as you can. If you’re expecting a lot of guests, especially any who will be staying overnight, you’ll want to expand your space as much as possible. Decluttering can make your rooms feel bigger and less cramped. If you have extra attic, basement, or closet space, box up and store some decorations or smaller furniture pieces that might get in the way. When you come across items you no longer need, consider donating them to a holiday collection drive to embrace the giving season. You can clear out some space in your home with the knowledge that your unused items are going to those in need.
Do a Deep Clean
Even if you don’t have family members who scrutinize your home’s cleanliness, a pre-holiday deep clean is still a great idea for any homeowner. For many of us, the holiday season brings cold and icy weather that forces us all to spend more time indoors. Shampooing carpets, dusting bookshelves, and cleaning floors can help your home feel cleaner and more inviting to your immediate family and guests. Dusting and deep-cleaning carpets are also great ways to improve your air quality for the winter season. If you suffer from seasonal allergies and mold or mildew allergies, cleaning up these common mold- and dust-gathering areas can help you breathe easier over the winter while you’re cooped up indoors.
Get the Kitchen Cooking-Ready
Family gatherings often include delicious home-cooked meals, so make sure your kitchen is fit for the task. Food-centric holidays like Thanksgiving all but require a clean, organized, and updated kitchen. If you’ve been considering updating your kitchen, now might be the perfect time to do it. Invest in new appliances that can handle all the cooking projects you throw at them. If you don’t have the time or budget for a kitchen remodel, at least go through your current utensils and cookware to declutter in the kitchen as well. Don’t forget to clean the places many homeowners ignore, like the refrigerator and oven. Cleaning and preparing the kitchen ahead of time will make prepping and cooking all that wonderful holiday food much easier.
Give Your Bathrooms a Makeover
Speaking of renovations, have you been considering a bathroom remodel? Many homeowners can forget about sprucing up their bathroom spaces during the holidays in favor of more common areas to congregate, such as the family room and kitchen. But don’t neglect your bathroom. Make sure to include it in your home’s overall flow and design by decluttering, cleaning, and decorating it for the season. The bathroom is a great spot to feature smaller decorations and festive scents in the form of candles and soaps. These little extra touches are sure to impress your guests.
Add Some Holiday Spirit With Decorations
There are plenty of ways to channel your holiday spirit throughout your home. Start by adding some festive holiday decorations. You can never go wrong with string lights or DIY decorations from your local craft store. Both can bring warmth and hominess to any space. And don’t wait until the last minute—the earlier you put up your decorations, the longer you and your family can enjoy them. To really immerse yourself in the feeling of the holidays, pick up some scented candles and soaps. Scattering these items throughout each room takes your holiday spirit to the next level, and it’s details like these that your guests will love.
Spruce Up the Entryway
Don’t forget to give a little extra attention to your entryway, where guests will first step into your home. Make everyone feel welcomed as soon as they walk in by giving them a beautifully decorated view as their first look into your home. Or get them in the spirit before they even walk through the door. Try decorating your front porch or stoop with a welcome mat or DIY welcome sign. Keep the area free of clutter, and give guests a spot to put their coats, shoes, and other accessories. This will keep your entryway organized and open, with enough room to walk through. It’s the small touches like these that will make your guests feel right at home.
This list may seem impossible to accomplish before company arrives. Take on what projects you can, and don’t forget to take some time for yourself this holiday season, as it can be easy to lose yourself in the whirlwind of the holidays. Tackle these projects now so that you have a head start and can cruise into the holiday season later. Follow these tips to get your home holiday-ready, and you won’t have to worry about anything except entertaining once your guests arrive. The best thing about crossing these projects off your list is that, once you’re finished, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the holidays.
If you find that you need some assistance with your home interior restoration projects, contact us at Aloha Restoration Co. We can help you get your home holiday-ready with home renovations and more. During your cleaning and decluttering, if you discover any signs of mold, fire or water damage, or other concerns, we can also help you investigate. With our home restoration expertise, we can help you clear up these concerns so that you have one less thing to stress about during the holiday season.