The holidays are a joyous time, filled with cheer, good food, and a loving family. However, for many of us, they can also be stressful. This season is a time when many families and friends choose to come together after long times and distances apart. For many people, these gatherings can be full of expectations and even strain. If you’re worried about how you’re going to get everything ready for this busy season, then consider the following 5 overlooked tips.
1. Hire a Cleaning Service
If the thought of cleaning your whole home is filling you with dread, then it may be worth your while to invest in a part-time house cleaner.
Hiring help to clean your home may not be something in everyone’s budget, but some companies price their services affordable, especially around the holiday. Sometimes, paying for a single cleaning session can be well worth the fee if it will alleviate a significant headache for you.
These services also can be a blessing if you are in a rush with little time to make the preparations you want. With most people needing to both clean and decorate for this time of year, it is beneficial if someone else can take care of half of it.
2. Prepare the Guest Rooms
If you are expecting company, then be sure to pay extra attention to the guestrooms. In addition to cleaning, be sure that you fully stock each room with fresh sheets and towels.
You should also check that all bathrooms have plenty of toilet paper and soap. These moves will help guests to feel right at home and help everyone to have a wonderful time
3. Use Seasonal Scents
While it is a small detail, filling your home with a holiday scent from a lovely candle or two can put everyone in the holiday spirit.
Aromas such as peppermint, evergreen, or cinnamon can help your home to smell great and help every guest to feel welcome.
Candlelight can also add extra light when it gets dark early light when it gets dark early, killing two birds with one stone.
4. Consider Babyproofing
Even if you don’t have a child of your own, there is a chance that one could be coming over. Make sure your house is ready for a young visitor by covering outlets, wrapping sharp corners, and placing clasps on cabinets and drawers.
These measures will help to keep everyone safe. Not only that, but they also save you the trouble of cleaning up after a little one who gets into all your things.
A good rule of thumb to consider is that anything the child can reach is fair game for them to get into—unless you put a preventative measure in place.
5. Clean the Refrigerator
The holidays tend to be a season filled with delicious food. If you are planning on hosting a dinner party, then you must ensure that your kitchen is ready to take in the influx of food.
You won’t want to find yourself caught with tons of new food and no place to store it. Plan and clear space in your refrigerator, so you will have room for all the Christmas goodies you need(and maybe some you don’t).
Don’t let hosting guests at your home cause unnecessary stress. Remember the joy you feel in bringing everyone together and know that you should also never feel bad for asking for help. Expecting one person to prepare a home for the holiday season adequately is excessive. The holidays are all about coming together. As a result, you can always start gathering a little early to ask for help in preparation for any celebrations you have planned. Happy holidays!