The holidays are just around the corner, which means family, decorating for the season, and lots of shopping are on the way. With the hustle and bustle of everything else going on within the holiday season, taking the time to fix up your home for guests may seem low on the to-do list. Here are five quick ways to prepare your home for the holidays that won’t take away much time from everything else.
1. Spruce Up Your Entryway
Your entryway is the first impression of your home to your guests. If you use the space as somewhere to drop your stuff as you enter the door, start by packing away things that aren’t used daily and adding some cute baskets to organize things and get them out of sight.
2. Simplify Your Decor
If you go all out with your holiday decor, take the time beforehand to simplify your everyday decor, especially with items that never get moved. Not only will it give you a chance to dust and clean that area, it’ll make the holiday decorating even easier.
3. Refresh Your Living Room
Your living room will be a space with lots of use, next to your kitchen, of course. It will be the spot everyone comes to relax, tell stories, and catch up with one another. Refresh your living room with some new throw pillows, an updated rug, or a new lamp or two to add some soft light to the room.
4. Prep the Guest Room & Bathroom
Your guest rooms are spaces that may not get much thought, but a simple refresh will have them looking good, and your guests will feel welcomed. Upgrade your guest bath with some new towels or hand soaps. Grab some new sheets for the bed and add a new throw pillow or two. Don’t forget to leave the Wifi password for your guests, too!
5. Clear Out the Kitchen
If you are hosting for the holidays, you know the kitchen will be the area that will get used the most. Clear off the counters and only pull things out as you need them. Not only will it make the place look cleaner and bigger, it will save time when you have to find some space to cook or do crafts with the kids! A clean and organized refrigerator and freezer will be much appreciated later on. Take the time to toss out any outdated food, use containers to organize the foods that are left, and combine like items so they are easy to find.
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