December may be the busiest time of year, but this list of home to do’s will have you ready for the holidays in time to actually enjoy them!
Here’s some handy tips from my CB associate Victoria Keichinger that I have to share!
December is arguably the busiest month of the year, so it’s important to get started on your home’s to do list early. Follow this guide to prepping your home for the holidays, so that you can actually enjoy them!
1. Clean out your fridge – It’s prime time to make room for holiday goodies. Before the next big holiday grocery shop, take 20 minutes to clean out your fridge. If you’re feeling really ambitious, tackle the pantry while you’re at it.
2. Deck the Halls – Before December gets away from you, reserve an afternoon to put the holiday decorations up. Make it fun by turning on some holiday tunes, invite some friends over and serve up cups of hot cocoa or eggnog. For light-up decorations, be sure to test them before you hang them and find out a bulb is missing. For convenience and safety, consider putting your light-up holiday decorations on a timer.
3. Clean your oven – To prep your kitchen for cookies and that holiday roast, take a few hours to clean your oven.
4. Stock up on firewood – There’s no denying that the colder months are upon us. For those with a wood burning fireplace, stock up on wood now and store to keep the logs covered and dry.
5. Insulate exposed pipes – Cold weather and holiday travel can spell trouble if you don’t take measures to protect your home. To prevent pipes from freezing, clean and insulate exposed pipes. Don’t forget to turn off water to outside taps that could freeze!
6. Clear any lingering leaves – Before the snow and ice arrive, be sure to rake and remove leftover fall leaves. Fall foliage forgotten under a layer snow all winter can wreak havoc on your lawn next spring.
7. Put together a winter storm kit – In the event that a winter storm hits and your home loses power, you should be prepared with an emergency kit. Collect extra candles, matches and batteries along with extra blankets and a car charger for your cell phone.
8. Create a gift wrap station – To avoid scrambling for the Scotch tape with every last minute gift purchase, set up a gift wrap station with extra wrapping paper, scissors, tape, ribbons and bows. Also keep a stash of neutral gifts on hand, like candles or boxed chocolate, for unexpected gift exchanges.
9. Start working on your home resolutions – Have an idea for a home renovation project? Create an inspiration board on pinterest, or start by browsing others. Do your research on products and vendors, and start booking specialists now before their calendars book up for spring.
There’s nothing quite like being home for the holidays, so take time to relax and enjoy being with family and friends!