How To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays
For some, gearing up for the holidays begins around Labor Day. You have spreadsheets and checklists, gift lists, back-up presents, and leftover wrapping paper from last year. For the rest of us, it's a 3-week scramble to recover from Thanksgiving and shift into the next holiday. Don't worry; we're here to help! Here are a few quick tips to prepare yourself and your home for the holidays!
Make It Cozy
Time to change your throws and rugs for more cozy and festive colors. You don't have to grab a gigantic Santa Claus rug or anything, but warmer colors for throws, rugs, pillows, and curtains can give your home the holiday touch. If you've got a fireplace, make sure it's clean and safe to use so you can create a warm and cozy environment for your holiday guests all month long! Otherwise, stock up on scented and votive candles to create the cozy glow with smaller flames.
Tree & Decorations
It's time to take down the fall decorations and transition to winter and holiday. Whether that means cookie-scented candles, a menorah, or a holiday wreath is completely up to you. There's no need to create a holiday wonderland if you pressed for time, just a few small touches will suffice. One thing we all hate about the holidays is the high electric bill. If you add a few thousand Christmas lights, your bill will skyrocket! To keep costs down, skip the cheap dollar store lights and grab a few packs of LED lights instead. They're only a few dollars more, but brighter and much better for your electricity bill.
Sure, it can be useful to scan the discount books section at the store and hope you come out with ideas, but it's not always the most failsafe option. Instead, have a plan. Make a list of people you're buying gifts for, and write specific or general ideas, a store or stores, and a price range. For example: "Dad ? new hiking gear, $80 (department store)." Organize your gift hunt by location and ideas, simplifying everything. If you have a specific gift in mind, now is the time to shop around. Check prices at numerous stores, and compare with online retailers. This is great for electronics, toys, and books. If you can complete even a third of your shopping online, you're saving lots of wasted time in the super-packed stores. Once you've got your gifts, remember to hide them!
If you plan to entertain for the holidays, lots and lots of food is a must. Before finalizing that menu, make sure at least half of the items, like desserts and appetizers, can be prepared or frozen beforehand. Chocolate-nut bark, cookies, mini tacos and other finger foods can normally be frozen for several weeks before serving. This way you only have to worry about the main dishes and sides on the day of the event. Remember, it's okay to ask family members, kids, and neighbors for a little help here. Additionally, make sure your entertaining room and serving pieces are ready for guests! Polish your silver and wash your china a week or two in advance.
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