Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Posted by Blanchard and Calhoun on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at 9:22am

Holiday Time

Guests and Holiday Season go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate; it’s what makes this time of the year so exciting.  Getting your home ready for family and friends may seem like a daunting task, but these few simple steps can get your space ready in no time.

Clean and Declutter:  First things first!  Before decorating for the holidays,  a quick clean up is all it takes. Begin with making piles of for sale items, trash, and charitable items to make room for decorations, overnight guests and new gifts.  A nice, clean, and clutter-free space is an easy way to create an inviting home. 

If the thought of cleaning and decluttering is overwhelming or simply too time-consuming, consider using a cleaning service to help.

Decorate the Main Spaces:  Focus on the main rooms in your home that guests will notice like the kitchen, living room, bathroom, entryway, and front porch.  Here are a few decorative tips to give your home a festive touch.

  • Decorate the dining table with color coordinating place settings, a runner or placemats and an attractive centerpiece.

  • Start the fireplace.  Nothing heightens the cozy factor like a crackling fireplace.  If you don’t have a fireplace, YouTube has yule log videos you could play right on your T.V.  

  • Spruce up any room with garland, wreaths, ornaments, and lights.

Adding winter greenery will give any room a simple and classic look.  Layering with pine cones will give the garland an authentic feel; whereas, silver or gold-painted pine cones will add sparkle.  Don’t forget to add in a pop of color with Holly.

Light A Candle:  Light a candle, use a plugin or any fragrance system that will fill the air with a subtle seasonal aroma.  While the Fall and Winter season is all about spice, you may enjoy nature smells of pine or sweet smells of a warm apple pie.    

Did you know that you can design your own fragrance at the Augusta Candle Co?  They literally have hundreds of scents to choose from making it easy to create a holiday fragrance that is sure to awaken all of the nostalgia feels.

Decorate Your Porch:   The porch gives the first impression to visitors when they drive up to your home.  Rather you have a grand wrap-around porch or a small patio, adding a little decoration will create a welcoming environment while delighting the senses. 

Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to bring some holiday cheer to the front porch. 

  • Attach a wreath to the front door

  • Incorporate Christmas Bows

  • Hang up lights 

  • Add a poinsettia or two

The Most Important Step: It doesn’t matter if every space of your home is covered with a Christmas light or you’ve barely managed to put up a small tree, there is no amount of decor that can bring more joy than the laughter of friends and family.  Enjoy each other’s company; Nothing makes a home feel more welcoming than love. Happy Holidays!

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