Everyone wants their house to be perfect for the holidays. We have family and friends over on Christmas day and during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It can be stressful to do everything: baking, shopping, wrapping presents, decorating, cooking, and cleaning. I try to put my house on autopilot when it comes to decorating and cleaning but in order to do that I need to plan ahead before I decorate. There are a few holiday stress-relieving decorating tips that help me and I hope they will help you also.
Do Not Undertake Home Remodeling Projects before the Holidays
Why do men get the itch to remodel the bathroom or replace old doors right before Christmas? I really don’t think they comprehend everything that goes into getting everything ready for the holidays but it’s our job to bring them back to reality every year. If you are the one who’s getting the itch, then suppress it. Your life will be a lot easier if you can hold off until January.
My husband is famous for wanting paint the inside of the house every November. This drives me bonkers because the last thing I want to do is add another project onto the holiday season. I know that painting will take at least a full weekend and depending on the time frame we don’t usually have full weekend in November to devote to it.
Do Dust and Polish Wood Surfaces before Decorating
Yes, you should dust and polish the top of the curio cabinet or fireplace mantel before getting out all of your decorations. Why, the tops are just going to be covered with little ceramic trains, angels, and Santas? Because you are not going to want to remove all these little decorations in order to dust right before a ton of people invade your house. At most you should only have to use a duster around the exposed areas of wood.
Do Wash the Windows and Glass Doors
Cleaning windows is a must especially if you have window cling decorations. The clings will not stick to a dirty window and you will be battling them all season long if you don’t wash the windows before decorating.
I also wash the glass doors on my dining room hutch, the fireplace, and the curio cabinet. The hutch and the curio will be displaying some Christmas decorations and using glass cleaner before decorating just saves me from having to clean them closer to the holiday.
Do Dust the Ceiling Fans and Curtain Rods
I hate to add more to your to-do list but getting at the dust mounds and cobwebs is important. The earlier you do it the better. I hang lights and garland from my curtain rods so I need to make sure the rods and curtains are dust free. If not I will just have dusty decorations and it is a pain to try to vacuum the curtains without sucking up the decorations in the process.
And while you’re at it, check the walls. The walls above our vents have a tendency to collect dust and I never notice it until Christmas Eve. This dust drives me nuts and I have to do something about it. It’s better to clean it long before the holiday crunch time.
You will avoid cleaning stress if you do the deep cleaning before you decorate for the holidays. Hopefully everything will stay clean enough that all you’ll need to do is some light, surface cleaning so you can spend your time enjoying the shopping, wrapping, baking, and merriment.