In just two days, the seasons will be changing again and it will be time for Autumn! Keep in mind, with Autumn coming, this means the holidays are coming as well. Is your home ready to welcome visiting friends and family? Don’t fret, your to-do list may seem long, but I have included some nifty tips of ways you can take your home and make it holiday ready!
Create Space: With the holidays coming, you will be opening your home to your friends and family.
Depending on the guests you invite, you potentially could have people coming from all over the place. You don’t want your guests to be living out of a suit case! If your home has a guest bedroom, make sure to clean out all the dresser drawers and closet space to ensure that your guests feel at home.
Plug It In, Plug It In: It is important to make sure that all your appliances are working properly before having guests at the house.
When cooking, cleaning, or preparing you are using different appliances to create your end goal. The last thing you need to happen is for your dishwasher, vacuum or crock pot to suddenly not work!
Cozy Fire: Make sure that your fireplace and chimney are cleaned out and are in working order.
Best practice would be to have your fireplace and chimney inspected annually to refrain from having any blockages, or soot build up. Let’s be honest though, who doesn’t love snuggling up close to a warm fire and conversating about life and reminiscing about old times!
Knock-Knock: Take a walk through your home and inspect all the doors, windows, stairs case and entryways.
Make sure that the doors, hinges and latches are not squeaky or sticky. If they are, make the necessary repairs before they arrive at your home. This will ensure privacy for them and for you. The first thing your guests will see when they walk in the door is the entry way. Clearing clutter from the stair case and entry way helps you become more organized, and makes everything look organized!
Baby-Proofing 101: If your home isn’t already baby-proofed, now may be the time.
If you will be having small children visiting or staying at your home, it is important to take the time to ensure that sharp edges are padded, electrical outlets are covered, and any valuable knick-knacks are put away safely.
Hosting visiting friends and family can be a lot of fun. You get to spend time with those you love and show off your home, but it can also be stressful if you’re not prepared.