We’re not actually hosting for the holidays this year, but every time I talk to my mom in the weeks leading up to us coming in for Thanksgiving or Christmas, I can just hear the stress building in her voice. And, I hate that! I never want our arrival to make her stress out, but I get it. The house has to be cleaned, sheets need to be washed, beds made and the grocery runs are endless. Half the time I end up coming in to town early when I can, just to help her out!
The holidays shouldn’t be a stressful time, but it always seems to get that way. They go by so fast and when you throw in holiday parties, shopping for gifts and travel, the whole month is nearly gone before you know it!
So, even though I haven’t hosted a holiday yet, I know that getting your house ready for guests anytime of the year can be stressful, so I wanted to share a few tips with you for making this time of year as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.
How to Get your House Holiday Ready
Make a List
If you’ve got a long list of to-dos before guests come in town, start by making a list. This ensures that you won’t forget anything and if you need to add to it, all your tasks will always be in one place. I also have a weird obsession with crossing things off my to do list, there’s something so satisfactory about seeing all the things I’ve completed with lines through the middle of them when they’re done!
Clean your House
Duh! But, this one can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re not someone who likes to keep things tidy on a regular basis. My suggestion is to get your hands on a Dyson v10 cordless vacuum asap. I know this sounds crazy, but I legitimately LOVE to vacuum ever since I got this one! It’s so easy to use and has different attachments that you can use in tight spaces and one for your couch, which has been so handy for all the dog hair in our house (this one is smaller and designed just for dog hair!). It also makes vacuuming stairs or the back of your car a complete breeze!
The best place to snag one at a great price? eBay! It’s the first place I go for anything I want that’s either out of stock, or has a price tag higher than I want to spend. I know I’ll be able to find exactly what I want for a fraction of the price!
Another Dyson product I really want for our home is the air purifier. It removes the smells from cooking quickly and also cleans the air, which is great if you’ve got allergies. It’s also great to have around during the holidays when everyone is already getting sick.
Holiday Scented Candles
There’s nothing better than a holiday scented candle! My favorites are this Nest Birchwood Pine and Thymes Frasier Fir. They both smell like Christmas trees, which is one of the best scents in the world, in my opinion!
Light one of these 30 minutes before guests come over and the whole house will smell amazing! And stock up on them, because you will want to light them everyday through the rest of winter.
10-Minute Tidy Up
My last quick tip is one I actually practice on a regular routine—the 10-minute tidy up! I actually borrowed this idea from The Happiness Project, but it’s a game-changer and is one of the easiest ways to keep your house clean. At the end of the night, or for us, when Owen goes to bed, I go around the house picking up all the random things and putting them back where they go. I hang up our bags on the hooks, put coats back in the closet, put all of Owen’s toys back in their basket and all the pillows back on the couch. He loves pulling them off, ha! Having pretty baskets around the house is a great way to store extra stuff like toys and blankets and easily keep them out of the way, while looking cute!
It only takes a few minutes, but it takes our house from looking like a total disaster to pretty clean!
What tips do you have for getting your house holiday ready? Are you hosting the holidays this year?
photography by Margaret Rajic
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