Are you looking forward to this year’s holiday season? Or are you already feeling bogged down by your shopping list and overwhelmed by the thought of bringing guests into your home?
If so, you’re not alone. The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, but they don’t have to be. To help you prep for the holidays, we’ve put together this list of ways you can get your home ready in advance. Cheers to checking off that to-do list!
#1. Deep Clean Your Interior
It’s likely been awhile since you’ve cleaned (and we mean really cleaned) the nooks and crannies of your home. Take some time before the holidays begin to deep clean every room in your house — that includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping, sanitizing, polishing, and in general, tidying things up. If you’d rather hire a professional to get the job done, make sure you check out this article on general cleaning vs. deep cleaning, so you can be sure and get your money’s worth.
#2. Remove Leaves From Your Yard
While we love the colors of the changing leaves in autumn, it’s no fun to have dead leaves littered throughout your yard. Remove them before the holidays to make your yard look neat and prevent guests from tracking in unnecessary debris. For more info on the best ways to remove leaves, take a look at this article.
#3. Upgrade Your Entryway
We’re all about creating the perfect ‘welcome’ here at Zabitat. In fact, we wrote an entire blog post on ways you can upgrade your entryway for the holiday season. Check it out, and then take a look at our wide variety of decorative door glass — a fast, easy, and low-cost way to make any entryway look warm and inviting.
#4. Swap In Seasonal Decor
It’s time to deck the halls! Make space for your seasonal decor — new and old — by storing away some of your year-round pieces until after the new year. These guidelines for seasonal decorating can help you add in your favorite holiday items without feeling like you have to redo your whole home. What a relief!
#5. Inspect Your Appliances
Your appliances are going to be under more strain than usual this holiday season, from reheating leftovers in the microwave, to more hands reaching into the fridge, to the oven being on constantly due to extra food prep and baking. Ensure everything is functioning at full capacity before the holidays begin to avoid a meltdown mid-celebration. For more specifics on how to check your various appliances, read this.
#6. Seal Your Doors From Winter Weather
Ensure your home is well-equipped to retain heat and keep nasty winter weather on the outside by sealing off your doors. We recommend installing a storm door or using one of our weather stripping kits to keep your entryway sealed tight.
#7. Bake Your Favorites
Who doesn’t love the sweet, nostalgic smell of cookies baking in the oven? Not only do they make your house smell great, but preparing baked goods ahead of time will give you easy dessert options when guests come over, and will keep your family happy until the end of the year! We can’t wait to try out a few of these holiday cookie recipes this year.
We’re here to help make your holiday home prep manageable and stress-free. That’s why we offer professional installation services for all of our products, so that you can spend less time DIY-ing, and more time enjoying the holidays. Click below to learn more!