How do you get ready for Christmas? Do you stress your brain out about your Secret Santa gift for that cousin you barely know? Do a Kmart run for a $30 tree and pack of mixed decoration? Firmly decide that you’re going to have a spotless house for all of December, but never quite get there?
Don’t worry, we’ve got 6 top tips for getting your home ready for the Christmas season.
1. Tis the Season to Declutter
The lead up to Christmas is the perfect time to get rid of anything that is cluttering up your house. Most people have a build up of things that are broken, obsolete, or that simply don’t get used anymore. I can be easy to hang onto stuff because you “might need it one day”, or because you can’t figure out how to recycle your last three smartphones. This stuff takes up room in your home and can prevent your space from feeling restful. This is the perfect time to do a serious cleanout! (By the way, Mobile Muster can tell you where there’s a small electronics recycling location near you)
2. Make Space for Guests
Now that you’ve decluttered, it’s time to put some thought into the space where visitors will be. Little touches make a big difference when you have people staying in your house!
Clean the guest room, make the bed neatly and fold a towel and face washer on the foot of the bed. Making their bedroom a comfortable space might be the most obvious thing, but there are some things you might not think of. Maybe set up a tea and coffee station, so that guests can make themselves a drink without having to open every single kitchen cupboard to find the coffee plunger. Alternately you could put labels on cupboards.
Make sure the bathroom is clean and adequately stocked with all the necessities, including a rubbish bin, hand soap, extra toilet paper and a clean hand towel. Add a candle for a Christmassy touch!
3. Stock the Freezer
The holiday season can be hectic, and it’s easy to end up with friends at your house without planning ahead. Prepare for last minute entertaining by having a big baking day and stocking the freezer with things like bikkies, cake or banana bread, as well as bread rolls and meat for the barbeque. With a little prep work, you’ll be ready no matter who shows up!
4. Remember the Back Yard
Backyard barbeques are a great Australian Christmas tradition. In all the cooking, planning and decorating, it can be easy to forget about your yard,. If you’re short on time, stick to the basics: Water, weed, mow, rake and sweep. Get your plants looking healthy, get rid of the weeds, and tidy up entrances and paths. It’ll make a big difference! Getting the yard in order can be a fun group activity, so get your hats on and get your kids or partner involved.
5. Schedule in Big Jobs
This is the perfect time to think about what big jobs you’ve been putting off all year, and get them done! Is your carpet or lounge smelly or soiled? Call Electrodry and book a Carpet or Upholstery Expert to come to your home. Having couches and carpet that look, feel and smell clean and fresh will make a huge difference to your home and how you feel about it. Maybe you have a toilet door that doesn’t shut properly, and you’ve been meaning to get it fixed for months, or a loose paving stone on the path to the front door.
6. It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas
There’s no better way to bring a festive vibe to your home than to make your home smell like Christmas! A DIY reed diffuser is a great way to do this, with your own choice of delightfully Christmassy smells.
- Glass jar
- 1/4 cup of carrier oil (Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Olive or Sunflower)
- 2 T. rubbing alcohol or vodka
- About 20 drops of essential oils. Good Christmas essential oils include Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Clove Bud, Cedarwood and Sweet Orange. You probably don’t want to mix more than 2 or 3, or the smell may just be overwhelming or confusing.
- Bamboo skewers
- Combine the carrier oil and rubbing alcohol or vodka in a glass measuring cup, and stir them together.
- Add your choice of essential oils, and stir to combine.
- Pour into a glass jar with a narrow neck.
- Add the skewers. After 10 minutes, flip them over so that the scented end is in the air.
Hopefully, these tips have gotten you feeling a bit more festive and ready to truly celebrate Christmas. A little planning can make all the difference.
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