Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is here with Christmas only a month away! Between shopping for gifts, organizing dinner parties and get togethers, and preparing those delicious holiday meals, you need to find time to prepare your house for the holidays. There’s a lot of work that could be done, likely too much with too little time, so we’ve created a list of four things to focus on in the four weeks leading up to Christmas.

 1.    The Annual Christmas Light Installation

If you haven’t already, you’re probably going to put up your Christmas lights soon. Maybe you’ll opt for the white, dangling icicle lights, or the more traditional multi colored lights.  Either way, someone is going to have to get up on the ladder and hang them on the roof. It’s best to do this before it gets too icy, cold and wet. If you aren’t comfortable installing them yourself, there are many local services that you can hire to install them more you. No hassle, no problem.

If you’re a bit more festive, you may decide to decorate your house with interior lights. This can definitely add a nice touch to brighten up your home for the winter season. Check out some of the photos below for design ideas.


2.    Tidy Up Your Home

If you’re like most people, you’re notorious for procrastinating the frequent tidying of your home. Don’t be ashamed, we all do it. However, with many guests visiting your home in the next month it’s time to buckle down and tidy everything. Hang up all of the laundry that’s lying around.  Throw out or shred all of the loose papers sitting in piles around your home. Put away all of the random items sitting on your dining room table. Whatever your mess may be it’s time to clean it up! If you’re going to be hosting a dinner party or get together, it’s also worth getting your carpets cleaned.

3.    Clear Out the Fridge and Freezers Now!

With the winter holidays come many meals with family and friends.  This means that your fridges, freezers and coolers are going to get much use in the coming weeks. In order to make sure you have adequate room for storing the food, you should start looking through your fridges and freezers soon and clear out anything unnecessary.  Throw out the expired food and leftovers from last week. Reorganize your fridge to make optimal space for the turkey and various side dishes.  You won’t have time to do this while you are cooking on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Plan ahead and stay ahead.

4.    Winterize the Yard!

Caring you’re your yard is a year round job, and preparing for the winter is mandatory to have it healthy for the springtime. The best time is now; as most of the grass has stopped growing and freezing temperatures haven’t quite set in. Spend time now, or get the kids involved, to help rake up all of the leaves that may have fallen.  Give your grass that final cut and apply a winterizing fertilizer. If you don’t have time to do this yourself, consider hiring a landscaping company.

Langley realtor Angela Evennett also shares her thoughts on how to prepare for the holiday season:

Whether you’re planning a small family gathering or lots of parties this holiday season, it’s always best to be prepared. Think ahead, and start tidying, cleaning (including carpets!) and getting ready for local or out-of-town guests. Decorate the house with live greenery for a fresh seasonal scent and don’t forget to simmer my all-time favourite Christmas scent on the stove for a constant welcoming aroma:

In a small saucepan add:

  • 1 cut up orange
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (broken in half to release more fragrance)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1-2 teaspoons of whole or ground cloves
  • 1-2 teaspoons of nutmeg
  • Fill water to about 1 inch below rim, or use apple juice or cider for more aroma.
  • Place on stove and simmer on low.

Make sure you bake lots of Christmas goodies ahead of time and freeze them so you always have them on hand for guests and tuck away a few ‘generic’ gifts incase somebody surprises you, so you always have something ready!

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