Between October 31 and January 1 most family homes see a lot of foot traffic. Whether it’s Halloween parties, a neighborhood Thanksgiving dinner, or out of town relatives staying for Christmas, it pays to prepare in advance. Follow these quick tips to prepare your home for the holiday season.
- Declutter major traffic areas such as the kitchen, living areas, and kid’s bedrooms or playrooms. Organize like items in baskets or clear plastic storage tubs. Clear counters and shelves to prepare for additional cooking equipment during the holiday season you may not use every day. Clean up seldom used toys to make room for new ones. Consider using a storage unit for toys kids have outgrown that may prove useful for a future child or are suitable to sell during a less hectic season.
- Clean out and organize closets: linen closets, coat closets, or even the pantry. If you know you will have guests, make a little extra room in your closets for their coats and suitcases.
- Declutter the garage. Installing some inexpensive wire shelving may prove useful for storing unneeded items prior to this busy season. Look for storage near me for getting those summer only items out of the way for the holidays.
- Prepare for guests: wash extra linens and stack them neatly in easy to access baskets or shelves, add nightlights to hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms, and make space in the entryway for extra shoes and coats.
- If you have a lot to store, or need to even temporarily move furniture, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit. Even if it’s only for the holiday season, having those extra items out of the way will be worth the extra effort for a smooth holiday season in your family home.
With a little advanced planning, your holidays don’t have to feel hectic. Get the whole family involved and follow these simple steps to prepare your home for the holidays.