Whether winter is your favorite or least favorite season, there’s no denying that cozy feeling you get when you gather with your loved ones for the holidays. However, your favorite festivities can bring a lot of stress if it’s your turn to host. From decking the halls to stocking the pantry, there’s a lot of prep work to take care of before you invite guests into your house. Make sure you’re ready with these tips to ready your home for the holiday season.
Declutter Throughout the House
The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours deep cleaning your entire home. Sometimes, a simple decluttering job is enough to make your home feel clean and welcoming for your guests. Go through each room, and make sure the floors, tables, and seats are clear. If you need to, invest in creative furniture pieces like stylish trunks or ottomans that give you extra storage space while adding personality to the room. Without loose blankets, books, and other clutter lying around, your home will automatically feel bigger and neater to anyone who arrives this holiday.
Touch up the Little Things
Why waste your time and money on big, unnecessary repairs when little efforts can make all the difference? Sometimes, even the smallest details can make or break a room. Cast a critical eye on your home, and look for the minor issues that you may have forgotten about over time. Are there scratches on the floor? Do you have a burned-out light bulb in the bathroom? Do the cabinets squeak or hang open? Making smaller repairs, such as replacing light bulbs or dealing with scratches on the wood floor, allows you to tackle more problems in your home. While those big, fancy repairs might have to wait until spring, you can welcome guests into a home that’s free of all the small, annoying issues that build up over time.
Lean Into the Season
You can never go wrong with a little holiday cheer. One of the best tips to ready your home for the holiday season is to make the most of the season. Don’t be afraid to hang up your favorite decorations. Wreaths, centerpieces, and holiday lights can make your home glow with warmth and comfort. Switch out decorative pillows and blankets for seasonal alternatives. You can also fill your home with festive scents from candles or oil diffusers. Lean into a specific holiday, or choose pieces that will suit your home all season long, such as natural-looking wreaths and centerpieces.