Checklist for a Holiday-Ready Home

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Earlier this month, I helped a couple close family members spruce up their home for the holidays, including my sister-in-law Nicole’s new home!

Isn’t it darling? I rearranged a few things and added some fresh greenery and more. Here are just a few more tips and tricks to get your Home Ready for the Holidays!

Declutter This is key especially if you have a lot of holiday decor. Before breaking out the boxes, go through your home and think about what can be put away during the season. Do you want all your tchotchkes and picture frames out? Put your favorite items on display but save the rest for later! Don't forget the closet! Having guests over means extra coats, so this is a great time to clean out the closets to make extra room.

Declutter

This is key especially if you have a lot of holiday decor. Before breaking out the boxes, go through your home and think about what can be put away during the season. Do you want all your tchotchkes and picture frames out? Put your favorite items on display but save the rest for later!

Don’t forget the closet! Having guests over means extra coats, so this is a great time to clean out the closets to make extra room.

Donate - After decluttering, are there any items that you have outgrown but someone else would treasure? Holidays are all about giving back so seize this opportunity.

Donate

After decluttering, are there any items that you have outgrown but someone else would treasure? Holidays are all about giving back so seize this opportunity.

Add some spruce! Use fresh greenery in vases, bowls or even baskets. This is an easy way to decorate and a great way to add in the smell of a real tree if you have a fake one! Look to your garden or Christmas tree to clip fresh greenery. I bought this "leftover" bundle at the garden center to make it even easier this year.

Add some spruce!

Use fresh greenery in vases, bowls or even baskets. This is an easy way to decorate and a great way to add in the smell of a real tree if you have a fake one!

Look to your garden or Christmas tree to clip fresh greenery. I bought this “leftover” bundle at the garden center to make it even easier this year.

Add some spruce! Use fresh greenery in vases, bowls or even baskets. This is an easy way to decorate and a great way to add in the smell of a real tree if you have a fake one! Look to your garden or Christmas tree to clip fresh greenery. I bought this "leftover" bundle at the garden center to make it even easier this year.

Add some spruce! Use fresh greenery in vases, bowls or even baskets. This is an easy way to decorate and a great way to add in the smell of a real tree if you have a fake one! Look to your garden or Christmas tree to clip fresh greenery. I bought this "leftover" bundle at the garden center to make it even easier this year.

Rearrange Furniture

A lot of us have to move furniture around anyway to make room for a Christmas tree, but why not do it for fun? Sometimes a little rearranging can give a room a whole new look!

Also, think about seating arrangements when entertaining. Will you need to borrow chairs from the dining room? Think about where people will gather and make sure there’s a space for everyone!

Rearrange Furniture - A lot of us have to move furniture around anyway to make room for a Christmas tree, but why not do it for fun? Sometimes a little rearranging can give a room a whole new look! Also, think about seating arrangements when entertaining. Will you need to borrow chairs from the dining room? Think about where people will gather and make sure there's a space for everyone!

 

Speaking of space… after decluttering you may have some empty spaces on bookshelves? Bringing out the holiday decor can easily fill these corners or shelves. If you don’t have a lot of  holiday decor, wrap your presents early and put these on display!

My favorite gift wrapping collection is from Target (and it sells out quickly!).

Rearrange Furniture - A lot of us have to move furniture around anyway to make room for a Christmas tree, but why not do it for fun? Sometimes a little rearranging can give a room a whole new look! Also, think about seating arrangements when entertaining. Will you need to borrow chairs from the dining room? Think about where people will gather and make sure there's a space for everyone!

Don't go Griswold Relax! Keep the decor simple with a few key pieces in each room. A statement centerpiece for the dining room, wreath for the front door or hanging in front of a large window, etc.

Don’t go Griswold

Relax! Keep the decor simple with a few key pieces in each room. A statement centerpiece for the dining room, wreath for the front door or hanging in front of a large window, etc.

Don't go Griswold Relax! Keep the decor simple with a few key pieces in each room. A statement centerpiece for the dining room, wreath for the front door or hanging in front of a large window, etc.

And last but not least…

Have fun!

Samantha Regan

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