With just five short weeks until the beginning of December, now really is the time to start getting organized! You don’t need to start playing Christmas songs or up put up your tree just yet- but planning your money, thinking about gifts and making decisions about your home is a good idea since we really don’t have that long to go. The festive season means seeing friends and family, and most definitely an influx of visitors to the home. Whether you’re hosting Christmas day or just a party or two, you’ll want it to be up to scratch. That way you’re prepared for any last minute visitors, and proud to have people in. Here are some of the ways you can make sure your home is ready for the festive season!
It doesn’t have to be a full refurbishment, but if your rooms have begun to look a little shabby it might be time for an update. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, a couple of new accessories and one or two key pieces being replaced can be enough to really breathe new life into your home. If it’s the floors are looking worse for wear you could buy carpet or rugs to transform the space and give it an extra layer of comfort and coziness. Try adding a couple of lamps with different bulb brightness, which can help to set the ambience.
Regular decluttering is always a good idea, since things can accumulate in the home surprisingly quickly. But having a big declutter and sort out before Christmas particularly is a smart move. If you know your children are going to be receiving lots of new toys, it might be time to go through the old ones to make space. Anything that’s still good could be donated to charity, and may well make another child’s Christmas. Clear out the old to make way for the new, and have a good clean and tidy so you’re feeling fresh and ready for the festive season.
Replenish Your Home Bar
Will you be having visitors stop by for drinks during December? Don’t be caught short, make sure your home bar is fully stocked. A good selection of spirits, liqueurs and mixers will give you the option to make a huge range of cocktails. Not forgetting wines, beers and ciders so your guests have a good selection to choose from. If you’ve had any broken or lost glasses since you last had people over, don’t forget to replace these too.
Go Through Your Pantry
Chances are your kitchen will be abundant with food over Christmas. But before stocking up, do a check on what you already have. Make sure things like your staples and baking supplies are all in date and usable, throw things that are no good and add whatever you need to your list. While dry goods will last for a long time, they will expire eventually and so check use by dates to make sure everything is ok. This saves you from buying things you already have, or coming to use something and realizing it’s no good.
Have you made a start on getting your home organized for Christmas yet?