The holiday season is officially upon us! While it’s the “most wonderful time of the year” it can also be the most stressful. You’re busy with holiday parties, shopping, mailing gifts, traveling, while juggling work and kids…the last thing you have time for is your home.
Entertaining guests for a night? In-laws coming to stay for week? Never fear. Here are five easy ways to prepare your home while still maintaining your sanity. Consider it my holiday gift to you.
1) Clean and tidy – Homes benefit from this any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Take this opportunity to clear counter tops and vanities of unnecessary clutter. You may even find things you can throw away in the process!
2) Bring out cozy throws – Nothing says cuddling by the fire with a cup of cocoa like some soft throws and pillows. Aim for majority golds, silvers, and creams with an occasional pop of color. Don’t go too crazy! Less is more. But a soft, warm blanket on the back of the sofa or armchair goes a long way. Fuzzy rugs on the floor also add to the cozy feel of a home.
3) Add fresh greenery – The smell of pine and fir bring nature indoors while adding pops of color. Drape some on the mantle, small trees decorated with white lights, or springs on tables. Focus on rooms central to entertaining (dining room, family room, kitchen) and consider adding bouquets of greenery to these spaces.
4) Appliance maintenance– There is nothing that kills the holiday spirit like your appliances breaking down. Ensure this doesn’t happen by getting them checked ahead of the curve, especially furnaces and hot water heaters.
5) Light candles/add white lights – White lights bring a glow to the home both inside and out. Tasteful use of these lights on the mantle or outdoor bushes can add lots of festive spirit! White lights and greenery on banisters, and inside candles (scented if you prefer) bring warmth and soft light. Candles in hurricanes on the mantle, a few on end tables, or on kitchen islands invite guests into these communal spaces. Just don’t leave candles unattended!