The holidays are here, and homeowners need to make sure their homes are prepared for the cold, the snow, and the horde of family and friends visiting your place. Don’t fret! You’ve got this. ’Tis the season to get fixing, cleaning, organizing, and decorating!
With that said, here’s the essential holiday to-do list to get your home ready for this season’s festivities.
Conduct a Maintenance Check
The holiday season falls within autumn and winter, which means colder temperatures, a lot of rain, and possible snow. All three of which spell bad news for your home. The cold can freeze your pipes and make your home unsafe and uncomfortable while rain and snow can create excess moisture and cause molding.
Homeowners should conduct a maintenance check to ensure their homes are guarded against these menaces. Some areas that need inspecting are your plumbing pipes, home insulation, windows and doors, and water heater. Also, make sure your heater, alarms, and detectors are working well.
Check out this complete home-maintenance checklist to prepare for the winter.
Repair and Replace as Needed
With guests coming over, you want your home to be ready for all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. During your home inspection, you will likely find several items and areas that need fixing or replacing, such as dead light bulbs, broken fixtures, air leaks, and faulty appliances.
Create a list of the repairs and replacements your home needs, and check off the items one by one, starting with the most urgent and most important.
Pay special attention to the most commonly used areas in the house, such as the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. A year is long, and there may be several things that need an update. For example, if you haven’t installed water-efficient fixtures yet, consider installing them now.
Now’s the perfect time to switch to low-flow faucets and showerheads to keep your water use down even when you have guests over.
If you’re still using an old toilet, think about upgrading to a new, water-efficient model with an upflush system. An upflush toilet takes less work and time to install than a standard one, and it can be fitted even in hard-to-reach places, like basements and outhouses.
Clean the Entire House
Give your home a deep cleaning to get ready for the holiday season. Make everything spic-and-span, from the entrance to the back of your fridge. Cleaning an entire house is a lot of work for one person to do, so divvy up the chores with your family members.
To make the work more efficient, create a list of all the chores that need to be done. (You can note the things that need cleaning during your maintenance inspection.) Divide the tasks, and give every member of the family a list of their chores. Schedule a weekend or two to check off everything on your lists.
If you’re cleaning weeks ahead of the actual holiday, keep your home pristine by setting household rules, like no leaving of personal items in the living room. Clean a little every day too, or assign small daily chores (e.g., washing dishes, throwing out the trash, keeping toys, etc.) for the family to do.
Also, prepare an extra room in case you have guests staying overnight.
Here’s a sample to-do list for your holiday cleaning spree.
Declutter and Organize
Since you’re likely to shop for ingredients and essentials for your holiday get-togethers, make sure to purge the contents of your pantry and fridge to make room for new items.
Decluttering should be done before you go grocery shopping so that you can take note of everything that’s missing in your stock. You can save lots of time and money (and save yourself from frustration) by avoiding frequent car trips to crowded department stores.
Raid your closet and cabinets, and separate the clothes and items that you no longer wear or use. Earn extra money by selling the items online, or donate them to charity.
Remember to check your medicine cabinet too, and get rid of and replace all the expired pills and over-the-counter medicine. Update your first aid kit as well.
[ Read: How To De-Clutter Your Home ]
Get Into the Holiday Spirit!
After you’ve done all the maintenance, cleaning, organizing, and restocking, it’s time for one of the most fun parts of the holiday season—decorating!
Spend a fun day with the entire family, hanging lights, socks, and all sorts of holiday decorations around the house. To make the decor more personal and meaningful, make your own DIY holiday decorations together.
The holiday won’t be complete without a festive wreath on your door, fairy lights twinkling all over your home, and a dazzling tree filled with colorful bits and bobs. All these add more warmth, joy, and vivacity to your home, just what everyone needs this holiday season.