Getting our homes holiday ready can be stressful. But in this article, I’ll show you how to get your home ready for Christmas in 10 easy steps!
Our homes are the “hub” of the holiday season. It’s where we gather to eat, play, and celebrate together. But let’s be honest: preparing our homes for the holidays can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when we’re trying to stick to a budget. Here are 10 steps to get your home ready for Christmas – while easing the strain on your wallet (and your mind!).
How to Get Your Home Ready for Christmas in 10 Easy Steps
Decluttering now will save you precious time later, and best of all: it’s free! Work first to declutter the main living and high-traffic areas in the house.
- In the kitchen, declutter the countertops, refrigerator, and pantry by removing any unnecessary items and tossing expired food.
- Clean out the cabinets and give every dish, cup, pot and pan a designated space; this will make cleaning up after those late-night holiday parties a breeze.
- Tackle the coat closet by donating old coats and shoes, and leave plenty of empty hangers for guests to use.
2. Decorate main spaces
While a touch of holiday decor can transform any space into an inviting winter wonderland, decorating every room in the house can be costly. Instead, focus first on decorating the main spaces in your home with pieces you’ve collected over time.
- Deck out your living room with lighted garland, holiday-themed throw pillows, and, of course, your Christmas tree.
- Add holiday touches in the kitchen and dining area with holiday placemats, dish towels, and a holiday centerpiece.
- When it comes to other areas in your home–bathrooms, hallways, bedrooms–add an inexpensive touch of the holiday season with a winter-scented candle.
- Playing holiday music is also an easy way to set the holiday mood without overspending.
If you haven’t collected garlands, throw pillow, dish towels, etc yet, begin to stock up a little at a time. This is especially budget-friendly if you pick up a few things after the holidays each year, while they’re on sale!
3. Stock the pantry
Stocking the pantry early and buying items in bulk will keep you from last-minute, budget-busting shopping.
- In the weeks leading up to Christmas, pay attention to sales flyers from your local grocery store and wholesalers.
- Buy non-perishable bulk items when they’re on sale and store them in your (newly decluttered) pantry.
- Perishable foods, like fruits, vegetables, and meat can be frozen, if needed.
- If you’re lucky enough to have a grocery store that delivers with minimal fees, set a weekly grocery delivery schedule and plan out each week’s groceries based on what’s been used and what you need to restock.
4. Make freezer meals
Making several freezer meals can ease the stress of having to make dinner on busy holiday weeknights and will also keep the dinner budget in balance. Casseroles and soups are quick to put together and keep well in the freezer for at least 6 weeks.
Make sure to wrap each meal in foil and/or plastic bags to prevent freezer burn. Pop the frozen meal in the fridge in the morning to lower the cook time when you’re ready to put it in the oven that evening.
Another plus is that freezer meals will cut down on clean up after dinner, making it easier for you to keep your home clean with less effort.
5. Create a wrapping station
Having a designated space to store gift-wrapping materials not only makes the wrapping process easier, but it also helps to prevent unnecessary spending on gift wrap, tape, and gift tags since you are able to easily assess what you have on hand.
A desk in the home office works wonderfully for a wrapping station, but a plastic container that slides under the bed is also an option: simply put all wrapping supplies in the box and bring it out when it’s time to wrap.
6. Clean high-traffic areas
If you’re considering it, wait to splurge on a cleaning service until after the holidays; you’ll appreciate starting off the new year with a clean home.
- Instead, before the holidays, focus on deep-cleaning the high traffic areas in your home.
- Use a solution of water and vinegar (drop in some essential oils, if you prefer) to clean the bathrooms and kitchen before the holidays.
- Vacuum the sofa and armchairs that will be most-used by holiday guests.
- A mix of vinegar and baking soda can also be used as an inexpensive and effective solution for spot-cleaning stains on carpets and rugs.
7. Prepare for guests (if applicable)
There’s no need to break the bank in order to provide a warm and inviting space for your holiday guests. Grab a winter-scented linen spray to mist the bedding and curtains in the guest room.
Rather than splurging for a holiday-themed bedding set, stick with your everyday, neutral guest bedding but add a cozy holiday throw blanket and maybe a throw pillow to the bed.
8. Make a stovetop potpourri
This is one of my favorite winter tricks for creating a cozy atmosphere in our home.
Add water, cranberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and vanilla to a pot (along with any additional spices you like), bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
The warm smell of the holidays will fill the house in no time. The best part is that you likely already have many of these ingredients on hand.
9. Be strategic with outdoor decorations
Rather than paying for several expensive outdoor wreaths and outdoor lights, opt for a lighted wreath on your front door that will look festive during both the day and night.
Transition your summer and fall planters to winter: use natural items such as pine cones, birch log pieces and evergreen sprigs to create holiday planters for your front steps or porch.
10. Plan ahead
This tip covers everything from ordering Christmas cards to scheduling needed maintenance.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they can also be hectic as we try to juggle the many necessary to-do’s and activities.
- If you know that the water heater or another appliance needs maintenance, try to take care of it in advance rather than waiting until it’s out of order; you may end up paying extra, after-hours charges for service.
- A gift list is also a great plan-ahead item so that you can budget your money (and your time) during the holiday shopping rush. Use a simple planner, notebook, or the notes/reminders app on your phone to keep up with your holiday checklist.
Here’s to a wonderfully cozy holiday home for all of us.
Do you follow these steps to get your home ready for Christmas? Do you have any other must-do ideas for prepping your house for the Holidays?
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