As much as we all love Christmas, it can also be quite taxing and strenuous if not prepared for properly. Therefore, it’s always best to get ready before the guests arrive, and the festivities begin. Make your home perfect this Christmas by following these simple tricks and suggestions by our experts.
Read on to know about 12 tricks to make your holidays easier and more fun.
Always Plan Ahead
Planning is the key to having a relaxed and fun-filled Christmas. The very first thing to do when preparing for Christmas is to grab a pen and paper and make a few lists. This may include your shopping lists, things you need to do around the house, ideas for meals, and other to-do lists. When you have a checklist, you will be able to organize everything much more efficiently and in lesser time.
Streamline your Kitchen
When Christmas arrives, the kitchen usually becomes the most high-traffic area in the house. There could be nothing better than the family gathered around the kitchen, cooking and having fun together. However, having a cluttered and disorganized kitchen can make you anxious and flustered while cooking. Therefore, make sure to declutter and simplify your kitchen before Christmas. This includes getting rid of unnecessary stuff, cleaning your refrigerator and oven, clearing the countertops, and cupboards.
Get that Pantry Organized
If there is one thing that can be a synonym for holidays, its food. Therefore, its best to have your pantry organized and stocked up before Christmas. Make sure that you get rid of the outdated stuff and get them replaced with some holiday food, such as snacks, candies, chocolates, and more. Moreover, make sure that you have all the grocery items that you may need for cooking up your delicious holiday meals.
If done with a clear strategy, cleaning your house can be one of the most fulfilling jobs you can do. We know that our Christmas decorations will not look as pretty if the house is not cleaned properly. So, give your house a deep clean from the floors to the ceiling. The cleaning should include vacuuming, dusting, mopping, polishing, and much more, as required.
Set up a Wrapping Station
Setting up an easily-accessible wrapping station can help you immensely in the holiday season. It will not only make your gift-wrapping easier and less time-consuming, but it will also prevent you from over-spending on gift-wrapping materials. In addition to that, it will also keep your house mess-free as all the packaging wastage would stay in one area, which you can clean quickly.
Use Seasonal Scents
Nothing helps make a house more welcoming and holiday-ready than having a pleasant and cozy atmosphere through seasonal scents. The warm smell of the holidays spreading around the house will not only make you feel good and your guests welcomed, but it will also elevate the jovial Christmas vibe. You can use holiday-scented candles or stovetop potpourri for this purpose.
Set up a tea/coffee station
This trick is especially helpful if you have guests staying over during the holiday. Set up a small tea/coffee station in your living space. You can keep all the essentials, such as tea bags, instant coffee sachets, sugar, coffee mugs, and kettle. In addition to that, you can also put a few snacks and nuts along. By doing this, you won’t feel like you have to keep offering, plus, your guests can help themselves whenever they feel like having a cup of steaming hot tea/coffee.
Make it Cozy
Christmas is cold! You don’t want your guests to feel cold in your house or leave your house in a hurry because they were freezing! Therefore, make sure that your house is warm and cozy enough. You must assess your heating system before Christmas to make sure that it can handle all the holiday load. In addition to that, keep a few extra fuzzy throws and wooly blankets in your living room.
Ready the Guest Room
Preparing the guest room beforehand is one of the most useful tricks. It not only helps you in cleaning a portion of your house, but it also makes you check if you are well-equipped to entertain your guest.
This includes everything that you might need during the Christmas, and that is lying in the storage or in the boxes. The festive linen that only comes out on the Christmas, extra pillows for the guests, that fancy china, the wine glasses, now is the time to get all of that out and arranged. You don’t want to run to the garage or the basement while the guests are waiting for the supplies.
The most significant part of Christmas prep is the Christmas decoration. Getting your decorations arranged and up before the holidays will prep your house for Christmas, plus, it will keep you away from the anxiety of putting up the decorations at the last minute. The trick to having a beautiful decoration is not to go overboard. Consider your house theme, try to make use of the decorations you already have, and place the decorations strategically so that it does not interfere with your movement around the house.
Christmas is not a time to be a super-human. It is when everybody should take part in work so that everybody can enjoy later! Therefore, make sure that instead of taking everything on you, you delegate duties. Make a list of all the chores, and then share the tasks among all family members. There are many things that even kids can do around the house to make the home perfect this Christmas.
So, that’s how you can prepare for Christmas now to prevent any last-minute anxiety and stress. We hope that these tricks will help you make your house perfect this Christmas and will make the holidays even more enjoyable for you.