Get your home ready for the holidays

Wow - it's that time of year already! And from shopping for gifts to prepping for hosting duties, there are a lot of things you likely need to tackle before the holidays move into full swing.

As the holiday season approaches, your to-do list can feel like it is forever growing, and it might feel counterintuitive to add more to your plate. But checking off a few key to-dos can help you make sure you have a stress-free holiday season.

Whether you're planning on relaxing at home or expecting visitors, here are a few things you should do to get your home ready for the holidays.


Stock up on the essentials

As anyone who has ever had the misfortune of running out of toilet paper on Christmas Day knows, it pays to stock up on essentials before the holidays. Take a few moments to make a list of all the essentials and plan a trip to the store well in advance of the holidays.

From pantry items to everyday necessities, there's nothing worse than realizing you're missing something when the stores are closed (or just super busy).

It's also a good idea to have some extra towels and bedding on hand for any potential guests.


Make a great first impression

The holidays are a great time to show off your home to family and friends. But if your front entrance is cluttered, it can make a bad first impression.

Take some time to declutter your front entrance and make it more welcoming. Start by clearing any clutter from the entryway. Make sure you have a mat for wet winter boots and enough space in your closet for guests' jackets.

You may even want to spruce up the outside of your front door. Trimming your trees and bushes and removing any plants remaining from the summer can enhance your curb appeal. Finally, adding some festive holiday decorations to your entryway can help to really show off your holiday spirit.


Get into the holiday decor spirit

No matter what holiday you celebrate, adding some festive decor is a great way to get into the spirit. From hanging up Christmas lights and lighting Kwanzaa candles, or adding a Menorah to your window, there are so many ways you can add personal holiday touches to your home.

No matter what your traditions are, take a moment to enjoy the holidays by putting up some decor. After all, 'tis the season!


Tackle your winter cleaning

Winter cleaning is the new spring cleaning.

Freshening up your home before the holidays can be a great way to get rid of the dust that might have collected over the course of the year. Pay particular attention to bathrooms, kitchens, and guest rooms that might need a little extra love.

With a little elbow grease, you can give your home a little extra sparkle this holiday season.


Winterize your home

One thing people often forget is winterizing their homes if they live in colder climates. This is something you should do well before the temperatures drop, usually before the holidays.

Turn off water to any outdoor faucets and hoses, disconnect them and store them indoors. You should also drain any remaining water from these lines. Doing this will prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting when the temperatures dip. You should also insulate any exposed pipes in your home, both inside and out. If you have a fireplace, now is a good time to get it cleaned and inspected by a professional.

Making sure everything is in working order early on reduces the chances of any unexpected issues over the holidays.


Final thoughts

The holidays are a busy time, but these to-dos should help you tackle the most important to-dos. By getting your home ready for the holidays you can enjoy a stress-free and festive season.



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