Now that we wave a wistful goodbye to autumn and say a firm hello to winter, the Christmas countdown is well and truly upon us. With it, our minds are brimming with the annual festive to-do lists.
From presents and gift-wrapping to serving dinner for all the family, it’s no secret that there’s a lot to prepare.
If you’re playing host this Christmas, here are a few top tips on how to get your home fit for the festive season ahead.
Renovating your kitchen
It may seem like a mammoth task, but if you’ve always had plans of renovating your kitchen, then there’s no better deadline to aim for than having it complete for all the family to enjoy at Christmas.
Whether you’re just revamping things here and there or you’re going for the full works by replacing your old set-up with a new, open-plan kitchen/diner space, it is prudent to plan and assess your finances for the project carefully. Kitchen renovations are often the most expensive of all, so it’s a good idea to set a budget that you can stick to for your project and reserve a sensible amount for unexpected costs.
Prepare the guest rooms
If you have family members who are planning on staying over throughout the Christmas period, you’ll need to ensure that your guest rooms are ready for their arrival. Why not give the walls a fresh coat of paint to give the room a new lease of life?
There are many other ways to impress your guests: new bed linen and towels, bathrobes, high-quality shampoo and conditioner, and air diffuser scent sticks to relax your guests with a beautiful fresh fragrance every time they enter the room.
Have your carpets cleaned
It may not always be the first thought that pops into your head, but having your carpets cleaned can be a great way to instantly freshen up your home at first glance. If you’ve had your carpets for a couple of years, they may look worn and have faded over time, so hire a professional carpet cleaner to spruce them up ahead of Christmas Day.
What’s more, if you have pets, this can be exceptionally helpful to any visitors coming who may suffer from allergies, as it is a tried and tested way to remove invisible pet dander that buries itself into carpet fibres over time. Just make sure to do it slightly ahead of time to minimise the release of allergens in the air. Welcome your guests with fresh, fluffy and revitalised carpets!