*How to prepare your home for Christmas

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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So, you’ve decided to host this year’s Christmas dinner – good on you! After years of having Christmas at your parents’ place, you’ve decided that you can give back a bit and let them enjoy a Christmas dinner where they are not the ones cooking and hosting. Plus, how difficult can it actually be? They make it look so easy…

You’ve been researching about how to host the perfect Christmas dinner party and this is when it hits you – all the little things you need to think about to make it close to perfect, how to get the house ready, the decorations, how many people are coming around and their different dietary requirements, the budget… “What did I sign up for?” you ask yourself. Now, it’s almost mid-December and there is no going back. Let’s just dial it back a bit, there is no need to panic – I’ve put together a list of things to do to prepare your home for Christmas to guarantee you’ll sleigh Christmas dinner (without having a meltdown).

Declutter your home, thank me later
Having a big clear-out is highly important to reduce your stress levels, even more during the festive season when you’ll have lots of people around and lots of things anywhere and everywhere. If you already have little space, imagine what it will look like during Christmas dinner with your guests and all their gifts… and then imagine it again if everything was decluttered and organised – how beautiful! An article on Psychology Today highlights all the benefits of clearing out unwanted/unneeded stuff in your house and besides reducing stress, decluttering is also great for feeling confident about your decision-making skills and is energising. So, go around your home and sell, throw away or give to charity anything you don’t need or want.

Deep clean like there is no tomorrow
Who said that deep cleaning should only be done in Springtime? Now, it’s the time to do one last deep clean of the year and, since you’ve got guests coming around, that should give you more motivation to make your home sparkly clean. This article on Momtastic emphasises the need to at least give your bathroom a good clean and advises to schedule any large cleaning jobs, such as having your carpets cleaned, for now “before the craziness begins.”

Make your home nice and toasty
The last thing you want to do is running around trying to figure out why your radiators have let you down and aren’t working properly when you have guests around and during Christmas… this just sounds like a nightmare and one that could happen if you don’t prepare your home for the cold months. The Handy Squad, a London handyman service, has written a blog post all about winter-proofing your home during these chilly times and they advise to draughtproof your windows and doors and to service your radiators. These are two easy tasks that you can effortlessly do at home!

Get into the Christmas spirit
If you haven’t put up your Christmas decorations, this is the right time to do it! I’d recommend going for a colour theme and planning it around your room’s current colour palettes. Put on some Christmas songs whilst you are decorating to feel even more excited about this festive season! Once you’ve organised your home and prepared it for the merry times ahead, there will be less things to worry about and everything else will fall into place. Now, it’s just time to think about what desserts to make for the night and how much mulled wine is too much (answer: there is never too much mulled wine!).

Do you have any tips to prepare your home for christmas? 

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17 comments

  1. We don't really do anything other than decorate but I always decutter my bedroom before the end of the year x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  2. These are all great ideas. I always try to declutter before Christmas and give everything a good clean xx

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  3. We've been decluttering over the last couple of weeks to get ready for Christmas x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  4. I had a huge de-clutter before Christmas, it just makes everything feel so much better xx

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  5. Definitely some lights and a few decor ideas is great option

    Candice

    natalyaamour.com

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  6. I love a good de-clutter and it’s a job I am part way through doing x

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  7. I always have a christmas candle burning, mainly a peppermint one!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  8. Prepare home for festival is a daunting task, your tips seems really easy to work on will definitely consider for future projects.

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  9. I think the amount of pre and post cleaning is the biggest time-consumer when you host Christmas haha

    Jasmine xx



    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  10. You can’t beat a good declutter to make you feel better.

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

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  11. Hell yes I love seeing a Christmassy home!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  12. Ooo! This is a great read! I'm slowly easing myself back into Christmas with baby steps. I've been preparing by burning a candle, decorating a little more and now I'm definitely going to declutter!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

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  13. I'm doing all of these things this week! I'm excited for Christmas for once! x

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  14. I need a big declutter and clean and then I'm good to go x

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  15. Toasty is definitely the word! X

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  16. I love a good declutter - I took 3 bags to the charity shop yesterday!
    Em x

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