10 Easy Ways To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays

  1. String twinkle lights outside your home. You don’t need many to create a warm, welcoming glow.
  2. Update front porch urns with a winter display of birch logs, evergreen branches, dogwood branches, fir cones and pomegranates, apples, oranges or even a pineapple.
  3. Put out a festive new doormat. It will help to reduce the amount of dirt and snow tracked inside your home as well!
  4. Buy a fresh evergreen wreath as soon as they become available. My child’s school sells them as a fund raiser – brilliant- Easy button! Just add a wide ribbon bow – Hang it on the front door, DONE
  5. Introduce a wintery scented candle. Light it often (in a safe place) to vamoose odors (cooking, wet dog etc.) Let it be the first thing guests’ smell when they arrive. Now’s the time to put out festive scented hand soap as well.
  6. Swap lighter throws and cushions or covers for cozier winter versions in velvet, plaid wool, and faux fur. Hang warmer lined curtains if you have them – velvet is luxurious! Add an area rug for warmth underfoot. Swap your everyday linens for seasonal ones. Hand towels, placemats, table runner, napkins and sheets too!
  7. Reduce clutter on all surfaces. Put away some family photos, coffee table books and chotckes to make room for decorations, holiday cards and sitting glasses and plates down when guests visit.
  8. Purge your fridge. Clear it out and give it a fresh wipe with dish soap and water to make room for holiday baking, platters of party trays and leftovers.
  9. Stock up on wine, bubbly mineral water, nuts and good chocolates as well as frozen heat-and-serve appetizers and hors d’oevres.
  10. Have your Holiday CD collection (or iPod or laptop playlist) at the ready; Canadian Sarah McLachlan has a new one out Wonderland.

Enjoy The Season! It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!