Tis’ the season for house-guests, holiday parties and making way for the New Year. You may be feeling a rush to get your house in order before guests arrive or maybe to make room for the new items on your Christmas wish list. If you are not sure where to begin, here are some ideas on how to get your house ready for the holidays.
Bring in the New Year with less clutter in your life. This may mean cleaning out your guest room so that weekend visitors feel more comfortable and welcome. Or maybe you need to go through your kid’s toys to get rid of anything they have grown out of. This is the perfect time of year to be donating old toys. Consider cleaning out your kitchen as well to ensure the holiday cookie baking and holiday meals are more enjoyable to make. If you have to search through the attic or basement for your holiday decorations, take a few extra moments to get rid of some of the items you no longer need. If de-cluttering turns into a bigger project then you first thought, you might want to consider renting a dumpster . This will make the de-cluttering go more smoothly and may encourage you to do even more.
Find Your Favorite Scents
Walking into a house that smells like baking cookies or a fresh Christmas tree welcomes guests with open arms. Find your favorite holiday scents and keep a few extra candles or oil burners around. Light them about an hour before your guests are going to arrive and fill your house with the delightful scents. This isn’t just great for you guests, if you have had a rough day, these scents can really help brighten your mood.
Clean the Important Areas
While you should of course be keeping you entire house clean when you have guests coming over, sometimes you run out of time. Some places are more important then others to keep clean. First, make sure the entry way is clean. This shows people that you happy to be welcoming them into your home. You don’t want an obstacle course just to get in the house. Another important place to clean is the bathroom. A dirty bathroom may not only make your guest feel uncomfortable, it also isn’t as sanitary. The kitchen is the last place that you should ensure is clean. You don’t want your guests afraid to eat your holiday cooking.
Make Your Home Cozy
You can do a number of very simple things to make your house cozier. Put out some warm blankets, buy a couple of new accent pillows, or put out some good magazines or books that your guests might enjoy. If you collect soaps and locations from hotels, find your nicest ones and leave them on your guest’s bed with their towels. It’s the little things that make your guests relax and enjoy themselves that much more.