The holiday season is a fun yet busy time of year. As we anticipate the celebrations and gathering of friends and family, we often forget about how hectic it is to organize for the holidays! This year, reduce the stress of getting your Howard County home in shape for the festivities. By taking a few steps to prepare your home now, you can focus more on the excitement and joy of the holiday season. And involve the whole family!
Review Your Schedule
First, review and organize your family’s schedule. Get an overview of important dates, events, and parties you wish to attend this holiday season. Don’t be afraid to politely decline invitations so as to not overbook anyone’s schedule. Sorting out the days you have commitments allows for better planning of all your desired and necessary tasks. Will you be hosting parties at your Howard County home, or need to pick up out-of-town family from the airport? Set aside time to clean, shop, and rest between all of the other major events on your schedule.
Clean Your Home
Not only do you want to welcome guests to your tidy and comfortable Howard County home, you’ll also want to keep your living space in order to reduce your stress as well. Remember, you don’t need to clean the whole house at once — be strategic and space out when and where. Guest rooms, bathrooms, and living rooms are good places to start, especially if you will have guests arriving early. Kitchens are everyday spaces, so clean here last. After your house is up to speed, it’s merely a matter of maintaining it through daily, easy chores.
Stock Up on Supplies
The holiday season requires lots of shopping, and for more than just gifts. On top of weekly runs for groceries and other household items, you’ll also need seasonal entertaining and gift-wrapping supplies. Make a thorough list of everything you need then plan your shopping trips accordingly. Have extra toiletries stocked in your guest bathroom and extra paper products on hand.
Prepare Easy, Healthy Meals
Meal prepping a few effortless, healthy options can be a lifesaver during your hectic month. More than having a delicious meal in no time, having healthy options at the ready could be a good balance between more indulgent holiday foods. If you’re not a fan of preparing your meals days in advance, have the ingredients for a few quick go-to recipes in your refrigerator and pantry. Simplifying daily cooking routines affords extra time for baking or planning and preparing holiday meals.
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