Want to spruce up your home for the holidays? Despite the fact that it’s a busy time, there are simple and inexpensive ways to refresh your home and welcome those special family members and guests in festive style.
Here are our top 5 tips for getting your home ready for the holidays:
Make a Plan
Start by considering and prioritizing your home’s pre-holiday tasks. While this is not necessarily the time to tackle large projects, like that addition you’ve been wanting, it’s the perfect time to decide what items are necessary for your upcoming events. First, consider what holiday activities you have on the schedule. Are you hosting a family meal or cookie exchange? If so, you may wish to focus your efforts on the kitchen and dining areas. Having overnight guests stay at your home? Perhaps a guest room or bath mini makeover is in order. Entertaining friends for a holiday party? Assess the living, family, or other rooms where everyone will spend the most time.
Next, decide which projects make the “must-do” list. Time and cost are most likely are your biggest factors here. Break them down into manageable steps where possible, and enlist family to give you a hand. If there’s ever a time when the old saying, “Many hands make light work,” is true, it’s now!
Clean & Organize
A little cleaning can go a long way in getting your home ready for holiday guests. Perk up indoor spaces by using good old-fashioned elbow grease – freshen carpets with a quick spray foam and vacuum or steam cleaning. Make kitchen and bath cabinets, countertops, fridge, fixtures, and tile shine with appropriate cleaning products. Dust baseboards, bookshelves, furniture, lights, and miscellaneous décor, then mop or vacuum to finish off each room. Don’t forget the in between areas like the entryway, foyer, stairs, and mudroom. Check the bedrooms, too, and launder bedding and window treatments if necessary.
Straighten up and organize for a neat, clutter free environment. Donate unused articles to local charities who welcome your gently used clothing and household items. Make good use of all the organizational tools available, such as attractive stackable baskets and tubs and closet organizational systems. They’ll help keep your home tidy and organized year round.
Freshen Up with Paint
A coat of paint is one of the best ways to infuse color and freshen up your spaces. Whether painting a room or an article of furniture, it’s a quick way to revitalize and breathe new life into your home. Whether you choose a subtle refresh with the muted tones of Silver Marlin or a bold accent like Caliente, Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year, you’ll greet your holiday guests in style. For more suggestions on how to use color to perk up your indoor spaces, check out our recent post, Make the Holidays Bright with Fresh Color.
Add Decorative Touches
Small design elements can offer big rewards, revitalizing a room in no time. A throw on the arm of a chair, for example, or new pillows for the sofa can add color, texture, and interest. Spruce up kitchen, bath, or other cabinets by adding new hardware like knobs, drawer handles, or hinges.
Greet visitors with bright guest towels and fun accent décor in the powder room. Or, catch their attention with a new area rug or decorative ottoman in the living or family room. A well-placed lamp is always a welcome addition too, brightening up even the darkest corner. Looking for new furniture but don’t have the time and/or budget? Refresh tired furnishings with a slipcover.
Well placed seasonal items, such as candles, decorative lanterns, colorful ornaments, and pretty glass jars provide a focal point, adding sparkle to a mantel, shelves, sideboard, or cabinets. Maintain the festive mood by bringing the outside in, using holly, pinecones, branches or other greenery from your yard to decorate a table, place in a basket or vase, or to accent other areas around your home.
Give the Entry a Facelift
The entry gives guests that all important first impression of your home. Offer your visitors a cheerful greeting by sprucing up the porch, stairs, or other entry area. Start by sweeping off any dust, leaves, or other debris. Clean the surfaces and outdoor furniture by hand or pressure washing. For more tips, check out this post, A Deck Check Up.
Consider applying a fresh coat of paint to the front door, entry or porch surface or stairs, decking, or furniture. Add a wreath to the door, bows or other seasonal greenery to the posts or railing, and voila! Your guests are offered a warm and hearty welcome before they even step foot into your home.
It doesn’t take much time and effort to spruce up your home for guests and special occasions. With a little creativity and determination, projects can suit most any taste and budget. Make a list, check it twice, and before you know it, your home will be in great shape for the holidays!
Don’t forget, we carry an extensive inventory of quality paints and stains, as well as many of the products and tools you’ll need to do those holiday DIY projects. Stop in and see us. We’ll be happy to help you find what you need to make your home holiday ready.