With the holiday season fast approaching now is the time to think about getting your home ready and you ready for the fun the holiday season brings.
Do you normally find the holiday season stressful? Do you wish it could be easier?
This is where planning and getting your home ready really helps to reduce the stress that you can feel and make the holiday season a lot easier too.
Make A Plan
The best way to start is to make a plan, you need to know what you have to do, but you have to put this plan into action or it just becomes a holiday list nightmare.
How to make a plan that will help you organize your home and it ready for the holiday season is simple, the hardest part is following through and putting the plan in place.
First make a list of everything you need to do before the holidays begin.
- Clean the kitchen
- Deep clean the oven
- Get the family room clean
- Declutter the bedrooms and deep clean
- Go through your pantry and see what you have
- Start thinking about your holiday meals and what you might need
- Create a list of people you need to buy gifts for
- Sort your budget for the holidays
Putting The Plan Into Action
Taking the steps to create the plan is important, now you have to plan those steps into your daily life now or the holiday’s will be here and you won’t have done anything to get yourself ready.
Don’t put too much into your day, one extra activity or part of a task is all you need to do each day.
Make sure you are doing something at least weekly or this action plan won’t work.
Create That Holiday Budget
You need to work out how much money you will need for the holiday season.
Having this money worked out in advance will help you plan how much you have for gifts, food, travel, clothes, and decorations.
Knowing what money you need now will help you plan the season and stick to your budget.
Let’s Tackle Those Bedrooms
Getting the bedrooms ready for the holiday season will help reduce the stress.
There is nothing better than a decluttered bedroom and a good deep clean.
Tackle one bedroom at a time and get everything out of that room that doesn’t belong there.
Next, you want to take out things that are broken or are no longer needed.
Then deep clean that bedroom, break out the air mattresses (if needed) and put on some festive bedding to get you in the holiday mood.
Get Ready For A Kitchen Deep Clean
You can’t get start the holiday season without tackling your kitchen, you need to give your kitchen a deep clean on a regular basis.
Start with one cupboard at a time, you don’t need to overwhelm yourself.
Remove everything, clean the cupboard inside and out and only put back the items you want. Everything else needs to find a new owner or put in the trash.
Only when you’ve gone through all your cupboards are you ready to sort out your pantry.
Tackle That Pantry
Are you struggling to keep your pantry undercontrol? Check out these tips and ideas, in this great article about organizing the pantry.
Check for out of date products and things you won’t eat.
Make a list of the things you need and do a deep clean of your pantry.
Start thinking about the food you will eat over the holiday period and start adding items to your shopping list each week.
This makes you plan your grocery shopping and can help you cut back on this area running up to the holidays.
Deep Clean The Family Room
I love a deep clean in here, it allows me to see what I can declutter, and it makes the room feel good.
Don’t forget to move what you can to get behind and underneath items that don’t normally get moved.
Take On That Oven
It’s now time to deep clean that oven, take the time to read the manufacturers guidelines as to the best way to do this.
I have three different sections to my oven and that gives me 3 different areas to focus on at different times.
Find a product that you love, and you don’t need one that’s full of chemicals that smells bad.
There are so many great products on the market that make this job a breeze, pick one that comes with great recommendations.
Add an oven liner to the bottom, this makes future cleaning sessions easier.
Create That Gift List
To get you ready for the holidays start thinking about all the gifts you need to buy and who they are for.
This is a great way to see how much money you will need to get you through the holiday season just on gifts.
Don’t forget any birthdays too.
Creating a list and assigning an amount of money to that person is a great way to start your gift buying.
If you want to get your home ready for the holidays, then you need to start planning now.
However, a plan isn’t going to work by itself, you need to take action on that plan.
Create a budget before you start, this will help you as you progress through the tasks.
Deep clean those areas like your kitchen, bedrooms and your family room.
It will create space for the new items after the holidays.
Tackle that oven in stages, especially if it’s really bad.
Create a list of all the people you want to buy gifts for, this makes planning those shopping trips a lot easier.
Have a less stressful holiday season and remember to take action on your plans.