How To Prepare Your Home For The New Year

Handy hints to help you welcome 2016 with a clean home


Out with the old and in with the new! The holiday festivities are in full swing with guest coming over and an endless parade of food, laughter and stories. The aftermath, a distant glimmer on everyone’s’ eyes but when the last firecracker has been lit, it’s time to face the music of cleaning.

No need to worry about restoring order with some spring cleaning. Let these handy tips get you started for an organized 2016. Remember, a clean house is a perfect way to guarantee a hassle-free New Year.

Check your gift backlog.

The sight of leftover gifts without a tree might be a bit sad to look at. Try to give all the gifts that you need to give by the first week of January. But if it’s not possible, store them in an easy to reach place in case of a surprise visit from your inaanak.

Prepare extra storage spaces.

If you’re the assigned host for your balikbayan family and/or relatives visiting from the province, take a deep breath, store the more expensive décor and bulky items in the bodega and add more storage boxes for your relatives' extra stuff. This also makes segregating their belongings easier --- come cleaning time. 

Change the linen.

Seeing those firecrackers light up the night sky is an auspicious way to welcome the New Year. But having the smell of smoke in your curtains and bed linen might not. Make sure you change the linen over the holidays. Use linen spray to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. 

Re-arrange your furniture.

Give your home a fresh new look by re-arranging your furniture and home decor. The fun part about this activity is you may find long-forgotten trinkets just behind the couch or a handful of coins inside the drawer. Take this opportunity to revisit the layout of your space and consider the placement of the furniture pieces for a more efficient foot traffic.

Buy that piece de resistance.

The New Year is the perfect excuse to buy that beautiful ombre vase or even a new piece of furniture that you’ve been putting off the entire year. Just make sure that you have space to accommodate the new piece in your house and that it would go well with the over-all theme of your home.


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