It’s November and that means the holiday season officially begins, well, right now. Not is a great time to get your home ready for the holidays. There are still a few weeks before Thanksgiving – plenty of time to get your home in ship shape before guests start arriving for the big day. Here are some tips for how to get your home ready for the holidays.
Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Thorough Cleaning – If you’re having guests this holiday season then you’ll want to be sure you home undergoes a thorough cleaning. If you have time to clean all those nooks and crannies that we tend to overlook then go ahead and have at it – don’t forget to dust off the tops of door jams and windows. If you’re like the rest of us, you probably don’t have a lot of time so consider hiring a professional maid service or cleaning service. Many offer specials this time of year so it’s worth looking into and you’ll be less stressed knowing someone is taking care of it for you.
Inspect Dishes – Now is the time to pull out the good china and inspect it for any dings, chips or dust. If it can go through the dishwasher give the set a run through. If not inspect and wash the ones in need with warm water and dish soap. Dry with soft cloth to prevent water spots.
Polish Silver – The same goes for the silverware. If you’re using the good silver it probably needs a thorough polish after a year in the cupboard. Use the silver polish of your choice and follow the manufactures directions for best results. Not sure how to set a table? Check out this helpful website.
Turn Up the Music – Now that the holidays are in full swing (or close to it) it’s officially okay to turn on the holiday music. Sirius XM dedicates channel 70 to holiday music starting on November 1st. Pandora, Spotify and other streaming music apps also have holiday music playlists. Turn it on and turn it up while you get your home ready for the holidays.
Decorate – It still might be a little too early to put up the tree, but it isn’t too early to put a nice fall wreath on the door to welcome guests. Here are some great fall wreath ideas from Pinterest.
Delegate – Now is the time to call in the troops. Delegate tasks to each member of the family. Pet care can go to the children, while last minute runs to the grocery store or Target can go to a licensed driver. If you’re so inclined make a chore chart and have everyone cross off their tasks as they complete them.
Relax – If the table isn’t set perfectly and the dog has an accident on the carpet, it’s not the end of the world. Remember the holidays are about getting together with friends and family and enjoying their company. Take a deep breath and enjoy all that you have this wonderful season.