Mid-Autumn signals the beginning of the holiday season, an exciting but stressful time in many households. It’s important to get your home prepared and organized before pulling out the decorations and welcoming in traveling relatives. To get you started, here are a few ideas on cleaning your home, accommodating guests with clearance furniture, and keeping everyone safe.
It’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement of holiday decorating that you forget to do all the less festive prep work. Before you set up your decor, make sure to do a thorough scrub down of your entire home. Make sweeping and dusting future decoration spots and tidying up common and guest areas a priority if you don’t have time to do your whole home. Cleaning around decorations can be difficult, so you’ll thank yourself later for getting this out of the way first.
Now that your home is clean, it’s time to take a look at the guest areas. If you have family and friends coming to stay with you over the holidays but lack adequate accommodations for them, it’s a good idea to invest in a few pieces of clearance furniture. An extra bed, storage, and even a few decorative lamps will help ensure that your loved ones feel comfortable and welcome. Shopping for clearance furniture will allow you to make everyone happy without putting a major dent in your holiday spending budget. Don’t forget to stock up on essentials that guests may forget at home like extra towels, toothbrushes, and toiletries.
Nothing is more important than the safety of you and your loved ones. However, the holiday season is responsible for more house fires and accidents than any other time of the year. In between preparing holiday meals, setting up indoor and outdoor lights, and using open-flamed candles, it’s easy to see why. Before you even begin decorating make a holiday safety checklist including items such as ensuring the oven has been turned off, switching off indoor strings of lights, and properly securing candles and blowing them out before leaving every room.
A little preparation beforehand can help ensure that your holidays are safe, festive, and fun for everyone.