by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
The countdown begins and you need to prepare your home for the inevitable. The December holiday season and all that comes with it. Here is a list of things that you can do now that will help you have a less stressed December.
1. Re-acquaint yourself with your fridge, freezer and pantry
2. Organize your closets
You know the ones I am talking about. The ones that you are going to want to put your guests' coats in, where your overnight guests will be wanting to hang their clothing once taken out of their suitcases and the ones that may or may not house your decorations, wrapping paper, seasonal plates, pots etc.
3. Prep your guest room
Take a good look at your guest room to make sure it’s ready for overnight guests.
4. Spruce Up the Main Spaces
Don’t stress yourself over the spaces your guests will never see instead focus on the main areas in your home that guests will be seeing. The front porch, entryway, kitchen, living room and bathrooms. Grab a laundry basket and start de-cluttering to make room for the holiday decorations and when done you can hide the basket in your closet.
5. Be Prepared for Baby
If you don't have kids of your own, your guests that do have kids will thank you for spending the time to make sure the home is baby-proof. Just being aware of what baby can reach is a good method to go by.
6. Stock up on a few key items
Save yourself a few trips to the grocery store by stocking up on a few things you’ll inevitably need.
7. Stock your bar
The holidays mean parties, so stock your bar for the festivities. Stock it with what you like and what you know what your guests like. Keep it simple and think local
8. Assess what home dining and entertaining ware you have and what you will need
Do you have enough bar glasses, wine glasses, serving dishes, serving cutlery, table linens, plates, cutlery, pots and pans, baking dishes, food storage containers for left overs, salt and pepper shakers etc? If not, make a list and head off to your local second hand store to top up. It doesn't matter if they all don't match. Most important make sure you have enough chairs (borrow from friends if you need to)