The holidays are almost here and you’re considering how you’ll decorate for Christmas this year. Maybe you have a big party planned, or you’re hosting New Year’s dinner for the extended family. Whether you have a crowd coming over or just a few friends, you want the home to look its best. Here are a few tips to help you get your house clean and ready for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
About a month before the festivities, take the time to go through your home with a critical eye and mark broken items that need to be repaired. This is the time to fix that broken bathroom drawer or replace that missing doorknob. As you go, you can also mark down areas that need more attention and cleaning to ensure that your entire house is sparkling when it’s time for the party.
Don’t try to do all of the work yourself. Break the list down and assign chores to the family members. Even younger children can pitch in and help out by polishing windows, vacuuming the floor and cleaning up their own rooms.
As you went through the home looking for repairs, did you notice stains on the carpet or mold in the basement? Call early to schedule these professional services. This will give you plenty of time to have these little issues addressed and ensure that your home is ready for the festivities. Even if you’re going to do the work yourself, you may need extra time to handle the repairs or pick up supplies, so pencil the work into your busy schedule.
Spring may be months away, but you want to deep clean your kitchen and bathroom before the party. These areas are going to be frequented by guests, and you want them to pass any white-glove test. Disinfect counters, scrub the floors into the corners and pull out appliances to make sure there’s nothing lurking beneath or behind them. The day of the party, you’ll just have to damp-mop the floor and clean off the counters if you’ve taken the time to deep-clean a week before.
You may not notice the little details, but your holiday guests will. Have the kids polish doorknobs and clean off light switch plates. Pull down your curtains and have them dry-cleaned or washed. Straighten up the coat closet to make room for guest coats. Wash the table linens ahead of time, and take a few moments to treat the front porch and ensure that it’s attractive, clean and ready for use.
Once the house is shining from top to bottom, you’re ready to bring in the decorations. This year, you may want to do a little more than just putting up the tree and adding a few lights outside. Take the time to add fresh flowers to the table or put a poinsettia in the hall foyer. The addition of seasonal flowers will make the home smell wonderful and create the right ambience. Candles are also a great addition to any room of the home.
Whether you’re planning a party for 100 of your closest friends or you prefer to stay home with the family for the holidays, you want your house to look incredible this time of year. Start focusing on the cleaning and repair projects now to ensure that the house is ready for your beautiful decorations. You’ll enjoy the holiday season more, and you’ll be ready for any last minute gatherings at your house.