We're getting closer and closer to the holidays!
For many people, the holidays are a lovely time of year, full of warmth and happiness! However, there's no denying that holiday preparations may be stressful. It can be a challenge to clean and prepare your home for all the visitors to come, but if you plan beforehand, you may unwind with loved ones and have fun without stress!
Listed below are a few things you should complete before the holidays so you may relax and enjoy the most delightful time of the year!
First Things First, Make a List
Make a comprehensive list of everything that needs to be done to help you remember it all, stay organized, and flow seamlessly from one activity to the next.
Spruce Up the Main Areas
The holiday season is a perfect time to deep clean your house and make it sparkle for your visitors. Do a thorough cleaning of your home, paying particular attention to hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fans, doors, vents, and blinds. Vacuum and sweep behind the fridge and behind couches—these are excellent places to look for allergens. Spot-clean the carpet to eliminate stains from dogs, spills, and foot traffic. If you have children, pay extra attention to the areas surrounding light fixtures, corridors, and other low points on the walls.
Take your time and don't stress about getting to every last detail. Put the emphasis on sections of your house that guests will notice first, such as the front porch, the entryway, kitchen, living room, and bathrooms.
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Make Sure the Refrigerator and Oven Are Sparking Clean
Start by cleaning out the fridge and doing a thorough cleaning of the oven if you plan on cooking the holiday feast. Plan ahead of time and figure out what foods you can prepare in advance. Trying to arrange a large supper for your guests in a single day is really difficult. All you have to do is bake the pies and side dishes that you prepared ahead of time.
Use Scents That Are Specific to The Season
Warmly welcome your guests by filling your home with candles or cooktop smells that are scented with Christmas scents.
Prepare Your Home for Guests
Take the effort to straighten up the guest room and bathroom for friends or family staying for a a night or two to make them feel welcomed and cherished. Towels, toiletries, blankets, and pillows will go a long way in helping them feel at “home”.
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Decorate To Set the Tone
Turn up the festive ambiance to get into the holiday mood and to provide a welcoming space for your family and friends. Create a winter wonderland atmosphere by putting up a Christmas tree, hang wreaths on the doorways, light a few candles, and deck the halls with holiday cheer.
Need Some Help?
If you're pressed for time or want to spend as much time as possible with family during the holidays, hiring a cleaning service may be the best option. Hiring a professional cleaning service throughout the Christmas season can make your home a healthier and happier place, even if you don't have a lot of spare time between work, family, and social commitments.
Start early, whether you're preparing for the holidays, hosting guests, or throwing a holiday party. There's always more to do than you think, so start planning ahead of time so your house is set for the holidays and you're proud to start welcoming guests.
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