Christmas is right around the corner and if you are planning to host Christmas dinner at your home, hosting a Christmas party, or if you are having out of town relatives stay at your house, there is a great deal of work that needs to be done.
Prepare the Exterior of Your Home
Before Christmas, you want to prepare the exterior of your home. Around Christmas, you can expect severe weather. If your home was damaged due to severe weather the year before, you should have it repaired. This could mean having your roof repaired or hiring ceiling contractors in Perth or elsewhere, to repair any existing water damage. After the repairs have been done, you should start putting up your Christmas lights. Decorating your home exteriors can make it look more festive.
Decorate the Interior of the Home
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a tree. Before your guests come, you should put up your tree, your stockings, and any other decorations that you have in storage. When your family and friends come into your fully decorated home, they won’t be able to help but get into the Christmas spirit. As an added bonus, you can have Christmas music playing when your guests arrive.
Clean Your Oven
If you are going to be cooking Christmas dinner for your family, you should clean your oven. If there is food or grease that has leaked on the inside of the oven, you want to remove it. It is not uncommon for guests to open the oven and take a look at your turkey, ham, or whatever you are cooking in the oven. You don’t want them to open the oven and see a greasy mess or the food that you cooked last month. The self-cleaning mode on your oven can be effective, however, you may need to use an oven cleaner and some elbow grease to get the job done.
Prepare the Guest Room
If you are having overnight guests for the holidays, you want to prepare the guest room. If you don’t use the room often, it will likely need a good dusting. You should also wash the floors, change the linens and make sure that you have enough guest towels and toiletries in the bathroom.
One of the most frustrating tasks around the holiday season is shopping. Between the money that you need to spend and the crowds, it can be very stressful to go on a shopping spree. Not only will you need to stand in line to purchase gifts for your loved ones, you also need to buy food to cook your Christmas feast. To take a bit of the hassle out of shopping, you should try to get to the stores early in the morning, right when they open or late at night right before they close. If the store is open 24 hours, set your alarm for 2am. You can be sure that the stores won’t be crowded in the middle of the night.
Do a Thorough Cleaning
Before your guests are due to arrive, you should do a thorough cleaning in your home. Washing the floors, dusting, vacuuming and a thorough scrubbing in the kitchen should all be done. You want to have a nice clean home if you are going to make a good impression on your guests.
The holidays are a time for family, friends and fun. If you are going to be the one hosting the festivities, the holidays are also a great deal of work. If you want to make your holiday preparations as less stressful as possible, you should create a checklist and start early.