It is time for holiday preparation, cleaning and decluttering! With the holiday season quickly approaching it’s time to start to organize, clean and declutter so you can be a part of your own holiday entertaining not the maid or the chef. Start now while you are prepping the house for winter by taking the time to declutter rooms, scrub them from top to bottom and plan for holiday guests.
Let’s start with the front entryway. Winter is tough enough with boots, hats, gloves, coats, and all that goes with the weather that is coming. Make sure to get this all together now and in easy accessible totes for each family member. That way when they get home they pop their winter gear into their totes. Add a heavy duty door mat both inside and out and maybe a boot tray for those wet muddy boots. For guests reluctant to take off their shoes, plan on having some inexpensive footsies on hand to keep their tootsies warm while visiting. Make sure to have extra hangers in the coat closet as well.
is great when winter is over. But before we are locked up for months inside let’s begin with a clean house as well! This way the holidays can be enjoyed with just a quick spruce up here and there. Start with the most used rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms. Deep clean the kitchen, polish silverware and serving dishes with hot water and vinegar
, clean the oven and stove. One tip for burner grates is to soak them overnight in a closed container in a small amount of ammonia and the grease and grime will wipe right off. Stock up bathrooms with paper supplies
and keep a roll of paper towels and spray cleaner in each bathroom for a quick spruce up. Make sure toilet brush, plunger and trash can are handy and it wouldn’t hurt to add a diffuser or scented oils for a fresh smell.
Bedrooms should be dusted, vacuumed and clean sheets and blankets ready for overnight guests. Bath towels and washcloths for guests should be readily available. Hit the trial and travel section at Marc’s
and pick up small bottles of shampoo, soaps and toothpaste to have on hand or in a basket for guests.
There are also great baskets, bins, tubs and totes that can be used to declutter. Does the bathroom look like a beauty supply store? Put all the beauty aids in a cute tote and tuck under sink before guests arrive.
Some preparation and planning now can mean a much more relaxed and stress free holiday season for the host/hostess and guests. And we haven’t even begun to talk about food preparation. Let’s get started now and we will have a lot more time to enjoy family and friends!
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