Having a clean home is a great way to start the holidays. It makes everything less stressful and makes sure we are ready for surprise guests.
It’s time to get our homes ready for the holidays. A clean and organized home will help reduce the 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.
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. You can also check out my “Ultimate Christmas Playlist” on Spotify, it covers a very wide range of music and I add to it all of the 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.
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