Easy Holiday Upgrades for the Inside & Out

4 Quick Tips to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

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Prepping your home before the holidays start is essential to easing stress and can give you more time to enjoy your friends and family. Here are some simple home upgrades that you can do to get holiday ready.

Start With a To Do List

Start by making a list. Write down everything that needs to be done in your home before the holidays start. Include a timeline and divvy up the tasks to avoid holiday burn out. You’ll find that having a list will keep you on track and make cooking, entertaining, and relaxing much easier.

4 Easy Holiday Upgrades

1. Make a good first impression: Curb Appeal is important for making a first impression when guests come by. Fix any broken outdoor lights, do a little landscaping in the yard, repair or replace the mailbox, give the front door a fresh coat of paint, or add an inviting wreath.

2. Invest in new textiles: New window treatments, sofa pillows, and a cozy throw will make your home feel more inviting. Likewise, new table linens and napkins can rejuvenate your kitchen nook or dining room. You can always get a little festive by choosing something with color or a pattern.

3. Give your bathroom a mini makeover: Out of all the rooms in the your home, your bathroom can get the most foot traffic. Investing in new bath towels, a rug, and a shower curtain can make the room more appealing. In addition, if you are having overnight guests, placing a basket on the side with a few bars of soap, a candle, and some essentials like toothpaste can make your guests feel more at home. Lastly, replacing the existing shower head in both your main and guest baths can turn an ordinary bathroom into a home spa.

4. Clear the clutter: Straighten up the bookcase, arrange your spice cabinet to insure you have everything you need, place all remote controls in baskets for easy access, throw away any old magazines, organize the kids closets to make room for new gifts, and straighten up the guest room for any over night company. The more you can do ahead of time, the better.