Having a clean home is a great way to start the holidays. It makes everything less stressful and makes sure we are ready for the holidays and any surprise guests.
It’s time to get our homes ready for the holidays. A clean and organized home will help reduce holiday stress so we can enjoy the season more. I think we’d all rather curl up on the sofa with some hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie instead of looking for our Holiday gift bows or cleaning.
Once you have your home clean and set up for the holiday season you can do just that, relax and actually enjoy the holiday season. Every year I hear about people stressed around the holidays and so often it’s because they didn’t take the time to get their home ready and plan for the holiday season.
There are other stresses that can come up but this is one we can control. We can have a plan and prepare ahead of time. It will at least reduce some of the stress and take some things off of your plate.
Even if you are reading this with not a lot of time left don’t worry, read through this list and print off the checklist and do what you can. Do a few power hours and try and knock it out quickly. And make a note in your planner or put a reminder in your digital calendar for around October 1st of next year to get your checklist out and get ready!
Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
- Clean out the fridge and freezer– You want to be sure to have room for all of your holiday cooking and baking.
- Clean out the pantry– While cleaning be sure to take note of supplies you need to stock up on. This is also a good time to donate to your local food bank.
- Clean up the front porch– Before decorating it’s a good idea to give your porch a bit of a cleaning. Sweep, clean the door, clean out flower pots, store away anything you don’t want out during the winter, and get it all ready to decorate.
- Declutter– Make a few passes in your home and have your family do the same. Donate things you aren’t using now to make room for the new things you will get during the holidays. Talk to your kids about how their toys can help make a less fortunate child’s Christmas better to help encourage them to donate the toys they no longer play with.
- Put away fall decor– Make note of things you want to buy for next year. Fall decor is on sale now if there is anything you want to pick up now.
- Set up a wrapping station– Have a clear area you will use for wrapping and make sure all of your supplies are in one place, if possible.
- Check your wrapping supplies– While setting up your wrapping station, check to see what supplies you will need.
- Check your Holiday linens– See if any linens need to be replaced, cleaning, or repaired.
- Clean your Holiday decor boxes– These are likely stored in a place that doesn’t get cleaned often, before getting them out be sure to give them a good wipe down.
- Make Holiday music playlists– Use iTunes, Spotify, Amazon music, or something like that? Go ahead and start on some holiday playlists. Check out my Classic Christmas Music Playlist for some ideas or to save you a bit of time.
- Make your shopping lists– Start your lists now, it will help prevent you from forgetting things later.
- Get your cards/newsletter ready– Order or make your cards now so you don’t have to rush to get them out later. Also, make sure you have the addresses you need and stamps.
- Plan or buy Holiday outfits– You don’t want to get to the day of a Holiday event with nothing to wear. Decide now what you want to wear to the events you already know about and buy things if you need to. Be sure to check out my Holiday dresses post for some ideas.
Getting these extra chores done now will help you relax later. Be sure to print off this checklist to help you stay on track. This printable also coordinates with my Christmas planner.
Get a Free Printable Home Checklist
This printable has all of the tasks listed in this post included and a lot of blank spots so you can fill in any other tasks you need to get done around the home to be ready for the holiday season.
The printable is totally free and will be sent to you as soon as you sign up and confirm your email using this form.
More Resources to Help You Get Ready for Christmas
- Stress-Free Christmas Cards
- Meal Planning During the Holidays
- How to Get Rid of Holiday Stress
- Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide
Don’t forget to visit my other blog The Stress-Free Christmas for more tips for a more magically Christmas.