December 12, 2018
For some there is always that moment ever year after October 31st when our heart sinks knowing what is coming – The holiday season. As if we don’t have enough to already do on a good day. In addition to everyday life, the holiday season stacks on buying gifts for others and fancy meal preparation. You also have holiday parties, attending school concerts, and making New Year’s Eve arrangements more. Times that above stress by 100 if you have children. Here are some tips to help make your home holiday ready and relieve some of that stress.
Make a List
You should start a list of everything you need to do from now until December 31st. Write everything down on your list, if you don’t you may forget. Your list should be on one sheet of paper which you can lay next to your calendar. Write each task from your list onto your calendar, day by day when you think you can accomplish them. If you have a thought out plan than you will feel in control and not under fire.
Decide When To Say No
Be choosy when agreeing to attend holiday parties, taking on extra work or school commitments. You know yourself best. You know how much you can handle and your current mental state. Seriously, nobody cares if you volunteer in the school library or not because most people are focused on themselves.
Start Cleaning and Purging
The holidays are a busy time, which means you just do not have a lot of time to clean. It’s okay! Clean what you can! Just focus on cleaning first. You can also let go of anything you don’t need. Organize your home with something as simple as going addressing stacks of papers on your desk. Then schedule deep cleanings for after the New Year. A start like this will make your whole holiday season go more smoothly if you do this now!
Work on Home Maintenance
After you have purged, cleaned and decorate your home, you can still do more. Some other things to truly prepare your home for the holidays: work on fall yard work, cleaning out the gutters, fixing anything still hanging around that needs repairs, ensure your interior and exterior is ready to go before the craziness of the holidays hit!
Decorate Your Home
Grab your totes from the garage or closet and decorate your home for the holidays. Most people prefer to go straight from Halloween decorations into Christmas decorations. Others like to squeeze Thanksgiving and Fall decorations in between. You know yourself better than anyone. Decorate as early in the season as you feel comfortable decorating. Some people have their Christmas tree up just before Christmas Eve.
It doesn’t matter if you are preparing for a holiday party or gearing up for guests, the most important thing is to start early. Things in life will always take longer than you anticipate. Start your preparations early, and you will not be stressed out. If you have a dedicated guest bedroom, be sure the bed is made with fresh linens now, and ensure that the room is ready to go. This will make your life easier, rather than scrambling to wash bedding the day your guests arrive.
A Home That Smells Good, Feels Good
Once you take care of cleaning your home and any maintenance that needs, make sure your home smells good too! My wife clearly has secret stock shares in Bath & Body Works, because we keep them in business. With all joking aside, I learned that a home that smells good, is a home that feels good. It is such a simple thing, but it makes a huge difference having a good smelling home this time of year!