Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving will be upon us in just a few short weeks. So many of my friends are in full holiday preparation mode and are beginning to ready their homes for the upcoming holiday season.

So, in the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to share a few tips with you that will help you prepare for the family, friends and loved ones who will be visiting your home this holiday season.


Cleaning and home repair tips:

  • Give all your appliances a deep clean. This includes stove tops and burners, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, coffee maker, vacuum and dishwasher.

  • Check your utensils. You’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of silverware for all of the guests who will stopping by (announced and unannounced) for a bit to eat. This is also a great time to make sure that your knives are sharpened and take a quick inventory of serving utensils.

  • Declutter your home. The holiday season is a great time to clean out cabinets, guest rooms and any other space that may have been collecting clutter.

  • Stock up on supplies like paper towels, toilet paper and ice. The last thing you’ll want to do is leave a gathering to run to the store for supplies.

Decor/design tips:

  • When decorating, don’t skip the kitchen. This is often the room that you and your guests will spend a large amount of time in, so why not make it festive?

  • If possible, move the beverage area/station out of the kitchen. The kitchen will be a high traffic area, and if you are busy cooking meals in the kitchen, you may not want a group of people crowded around the coffee pot or making a drink at the beverage bar.

  • A beautiful table setting goes a long way. If you are planning a formal dinner, take some time to design a table setting complete with name cards, a centerpiece and maybe even a few gorgeous floral arrangements.

  • Make space for overnight guests. This one may require you to be a bit creative if you have fewer available beds than you have guests. Purchasing a few high-quality air mattresses can help you keep your guests comfortable and happy at bedtime. (Bonus - They can be easily stored during the day.)

These are just a few quick tips to get you started on your holiday preparations. Stay tuned to the blog for more great tricks on getting ready for the holidays!