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4 Ways to Prepare the Home for Christmas

Take time to clean every nook and cranny—and make sure you prepare the room where guests can stay!

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We're sure that you've already prepared your decorations and Christmas tree as early as September but have you cleaned the house thoroughly before placing them in the different areas of the house? For those who are expecting guests and relatives over the holiday break, it's best to prepare the room where they will stay as early as now. Remember, it's better to plan ahead than cram.

Keep in mind these must-dos as you prepare for the holiday festivities: 

Clean and organize your rooms 

Decorating a space can be easier and more fun if all rooms are clean and organized beforehand. Schedule a general cleaning soon and make sure you clean the guest room a week before your guests' arrival. When it comes to organizing your things, you may choose to follow the "keep, donate, throw" technique or try your hand at the KonMari method.

Prepare your decor

We hope you stored your decor pieces from last year properly! Start by segregating the lights, decor and ornaments accordingly. Check the lights to see if they are still working or if you're missing a few bulbs. 

Clean the decor pieces and the tree—make sure that everything is free from dust. Once you're done cleaning each, finalize where you'll place them. The Christmas tree should be the focal point, you may choose to put it in the living area. Distribute the other ornaments accordingly in the different areas at home.

If you live in a small space, you may work with mini alternatives that are cute and charming, too!

READ: 4 Mini Christmas Tree Alternatives for Small Homes

Photo by Marc Jao.

Check your utilities 

Double check pipes, faucets, and other fixtures at home to avoid problems during your Christmas break. You can ask help from a professional when it comes to checking plumbing and electrical connections. It's best to have your electrical outlets checked before you put up Christmas lights to avoid accidents and fires.

Start preparing your guest room 

Are you expecting friends and relatives over the break? Clean the guest room and prepare the essentials that they would need. Make sure that the room where they can stay is cozy and comfortable. Prepare extra shelves and storage must-haves where they can keep their things, too.

READ: 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Guest-Friendly

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

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