As thoughts turn to family and friends gathering together for the holiday season here are some pointers to prepare your home for the festivities:
1. Enhance Entryways: nothing says ‘welcome’ better than an inviting entry into a home. As it makes a first impression, this space should be warm and appealing, drawing people in. Keep decorations limited, ensuring ample room for all arriving to remove outerwear easily, while also storing necessary accessories in accessible storage. Add additional hangers, coat racks and hooks where possible for unexpected company.
2. Clean & Clear: with company coming it really is a good excuse to thoroughly cleanse the house and spruce it up with wintry accessories. Think thick throws, fluffy cushions and cosy candles in warm colours. Clear out closets to allow for excess outdoor gear. Give away anything no longer worn to your favourite charity for someone who can use it.
3. Expandable Everything: no, we’re not thinking about clothing after eating too much! In keeping with the spirit of giving, make provisions to receive more guests, whether planned or drop-ins. It’s important to be prepared for all visitors by having spare seating, extendable tables and extra dinnerware, as well, of course, as the generous portions…
4. Garnish Greenly: it’s possible to bring a seasonal touch to your home without spending much. Natural decorations, including a pinecone wreath on the door, boughs on the mantel or berry twigs on the table, infuse a hint of the outdoors in and will compost later, not occupy a landfill. They’ll also add a pleasant woodsy scent instead of the off-gassing associated with artificial items, keeping loved ones happy and healthy at this special time of year.
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