Prepare your home for Christmas with these 7 simple tips! Savor the joy and merriment of Christmas morning by preparing your home days in advance.
Christmas is just weeks away which is SO hard for me to believe. Seriously, where has the year gone?! As the countdown to Christmas continues, my schedule keeps getting busier with one holiday celebration after the next. From work parties to early family get-togethers, there’s so much to keep up with! Not to mention all of the fun DIY Christmas projects I’ve also been working on.
One area that I definitely want to stay on top of is my home. Understandably so, it can be easy to neglect your own home when there’s so much activity going on. However, I have determined to not allow that to happen this year! I want to prepare my home for Christmas so that my family and I can enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.
When Christmas morning comes around, I want to have a heart focused on Jesus Christ. He is the reason that we celebrate and the reason for “peace on earth, goodwill to men.” Without the gift of Jesus, there is no Christmas. Therefore, I don’t want my heart to be distracted by a mess of household chores. Instead, I want to enter into Jesus’ birthday prepared, ready to worship and celebrate.
With these 7 simple tips I know that you can also prepare your home for Christmas. These tips will not only prepare your home, but help you to make room in your heart for the celebration of Christ as you work to remove last minute holiday stress.
How To Prepare Your Home For Christmas
1. Pick, plan and shop for your meals
If you’ve been here at Brick House On Green before, then you know how handy we believe that meal planning is. It saves so much time and energy in the long run. This is especially true for holiday’s! You won’t want to get stuck last minute without a meal plan. That would cause so much stress. In order to avoid that, take some time to plan out what meals you’ll be making or what dishes you’ll be taking to your holiday events.
Once everything is planned, I suggest creating a shopping list of ingredients you’ll need. Make sure to shop in advance with more than enough time to actually make the food!
2. Have a cleaning day
Having a clean house is so refreshing. I suggest doing things a couple of days before you’re planning on hosting. Number one, it just looks presentable and beautiful. Two, it’s a head start on all the cleaning you’ll have to do once people leave.
If you’ve ever hosted a big party or event, then you know how messy things can get. Food ends up in the living room, crumbs pile under the dining room floor and wrapping paper is left all throughout the house. So, save yourself some extra hassle and do the deep clean ahead of time.
3. Stock up the bathrooms
Personally, I can forget about this one so I’m preaching to the choir here. Definitely make sure there’s enough toilet paper in the bathrooms! Make a second, even third roll of toilet paper easily accessible in case people run out. Be sure that there’s enough soap to last the day and place a clean hand towel in place for people to use.
If you’ve got fresh greens or flowers, now is a good time to replace those or make sure they’re still fresh so that the bathroom looks lovely while also smelling clean. I have seen some people use bathroom napkins for people to dry their hands which is also a classy idea to use for the holiday’s!
4. Create centerpieces
A beautiful centerpiece can really draw any table setting together. It looks beautiful and so festive! However, it’s also not something you need to be worrying about the day of. This should be done maybe a day or two in advance if you’re using fresh items like greens.
When you work at this sooner rather than later, you can actually enjoy the process and take the time you need to make it look really good.
Now, I’m sure this is something most of you are on top of. As much as I hate to admit it, I still haven’t decorated my front porch. In fact, I haven’t even cleaned off my fall decor! So, now is the time to do that. Finish those final decor touches that you’ve been avoiding. Get creative and make the house look festive! This is a fun way to bring some “Christmas vibes” and get people in the mood to celebrate.
6. Have enough napkins, glassware, tableware, etc.
Part of being a prepared hostess is being equipped to serve a crowd. Before Christmas comes, make sure you have enough napkins, plates, silverware and cups for everyone. Also do a count of the dessert plates you’re planning to serve on.
Once Christmas day is over, you could also make a little note for next year that tells you what supplies you may need to get more of. Or, maybe you want to invest in a nice dish set before next Christmas.
7. Load up on the snacks, coffee, etc.
Again, this is part of being prepared as a hostess. Load up on whatever hot drinks you may plan to serve wether it be coffee or tea. Take inventory of wether or not your guests like cream and sugar as well. My husband and I only drink black coffee so unfortunately, there’s been times where our guests were left hanging without cream! Let’s change that!
Snacks are another great thing to load up on before Christmas. Get some yummy finger food for people to snack on throughout the afternoon or evening whenever the main meal is over.
Start preparing your home for Christmas today!
Christmas day is approaching quickly so don’t wait to get your home prepared! Let me know in the comments which task you’re planning on tackling first. Need some holiday homemaking inspiration? Check out these posts from Brick House On Green!