Though the calendar has just turned to fall, the rush of the holiday season will be here before you know it. It’s not necessarily time to start Christmas shopping, but it is time to decide how you’ll make your home feel during the holidays.
Instead of rushing to drag those bags and storage containers of holiday decorations out of the attic or garage, there are few steps you’ll want to take first to make life easier.
Begin with a purge and cleaning session
Before thinking about how you’ll decorate for a new holiday season, it’s best to start with a major purge. It’s not wise to box away decorative items you no longer need or intend to use again. Instead, the beginning of a new season is the perfect time to declutter and reorganize your seasonal decorations, giving yourself a blank slate.
Once you’ve decluttered each room of the home, take the time to do a major cleaning. If it’s not part of your routine, clean behind the furniture, wipe out window sills, or dust those unsightly corners, this is the time to do it.
Tackle home maintenance issues
The change of seasons is also a great time to prepare the outside of your home for a new season. If summer or fall furniture is still out, give those a good cleaning and decide what will stay outdoors for winter and what needs to be stored away.
Do any necessary repairs, lawn treatments, and visual inspections, too, since when winter arrives, you won’t want to be outside dealing with pesky maintenance
Make a winter plan
It’s not uncommon for a burst of cold weather to sneak up on you in late fall. So it’s wise to make a plan for winter well in advance of when you might need to take action.
For example, go ahead and stock up on salt to treat those icy sidewalks and have your vehicle checked by a mechanic to ensure it is ready for the winter season. It’s also wise to schedule your snow removal service at the first sign of snow to alleviate one more to-do item from your list.
Skip the clutter and delight the senses, instead
One unique way to prepare for the holiday season is to focus on satisfying your senses. So instead of buying trinkets and loading up your shelves with bargain decor, consider how you can invite the new season by appealing to the five senses instead.
Starting with smells, stock up on your favourite holiday-scented candles and place them in areas of your home where it’s safe to do so. Next, bring in new textures with cozy throws, pillows of varying textures, and even a new rug or two.
Make a recipe list of seasonal foods you’ll want to cook or bake and pick up some of the staple ingredients to have on hand. Then, swap out bedding, shower curtains, or door wreaths for easy changes that signal a new season is arriving.
Preparing for the holiday season should be a joyful time to celebrate what’s new. By planning and anticipating what you’ll need, you can usher in the holiday season with hope and joy.