Wednesday December 6, 2017
How we deck the halls for the holiday season is a very personal decision. From how early we get started to how many trees we put up, our decorating decisions are guided by our culture, our style, and our family traditions. Many of us make the same choices year after year. Others take each season as a chance to change it up a bit. Either way, the process can be a bit intimidating. Luckily, there are some things you can do that will make your job easier in the long run. Here are our top five tips for things you should do before you pull those boxes down from the attic.
- Start with a blank slate: Now is the perfect time to declutter, trim down, and move some of the things you’ve been meaning to donate, sell, or trash. Not only will you have more room to add holiday flair, it will be easier to move around. Give your rooms a good cleaning so you’ll be ready for the holiday hubbub without having to worry about unexpected visitors. Focus on the main spaces.
- Freshen up those floors: Before adding the decorations that take up floor space, why not have your carpets and floors professionally cleaned? Not only will this give your house a fresh feel, you’ll be ready when the guests arrive. If you plan to host a holiday celebration you’ll be especially happy that you tackled this one before you put your seasonal items in place.
- Think safety: This is the perfect time of year to make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working as they should. Take an audit of your GFI plugs to make sure they are also doing their jobs. Think about where you’ll be placing items such as the tree that require a little extra electricity so that you can avoid overloading circuits.
- Get the kitchen ready: Now is a great time to clean out the fridge and clean the oven. Chances are you’ll be spending a good deal of time in there, and you want your space ready to go so you can start rolling out the gingerbread or basting your turkey.
- Don’t forget your yard: There may still be a few fall maintenance tasks still on your list. Giving your outdoor space a little love can make it more welcoming.
Getting your home ready before you begin decorating can help reduce stress and help you enjoy the fruits of your labor once you are done. Your home will be fresh and festive and you’ll have more time to share celebrating with friends and loved ones.