A new client nailed it last week when she said this was the calm before the storm. Most kids’ sports seasons have wrapped up, Halloween is over, but the ‘real’ holiday season hasn’t kicked into high gear yet. Thanksgiving is still three weeks away.
Here a few suggestions on things to do now, before the Holiday Crazies kick in!
Clearing Out the Old – with the kiddos!
Before your kids get covered up with brand spanking new toys, work with each of them to purge all of the broken ones, the outgrown ones, and the ones they never really play with. (Nothing gets kids more into organizing like telling them they need to make room for the new stuff!) This will also give you ideas of what they might like or need as gifts
Prepping the Dining Room
It seems none of us entertain at the level previous generations did (dinner parties, anyone??), but many of us do have friends or family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah celebrations. Look at your dining room with an objective eye. Is it clear of clutter? Are your favorite platters, dishes, and entertaining pieces easy to access? Are your holiday table linens in good shape and ready to use? Getting these ready soon will eliminate a lot of entertaining stress later on.
How’re Those Carpets Looking?
This is also an excellent time to have your carpets cleaned, if needed. Pre-entertaining, pre-family visits, pre-winter boots and wet paws. (And yes, early spring is the next best time for this!)
Get Your Chimney Ready to Go!
If you have a fireplace, please consider having your chimney inspected and swept! Nothing ruins a holiday gathering like a house fire. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends having this done every year. And this does include gas fireplaces – there can still be leaf debris or bird nests in your chimney which can be a huge fire hazard. Stay safe!
Get Your Guest Room Ready for….Guests!
Many of us who have a guest room use it for storage, on some level. But if you’re expecting overnight guests this holiday season, use the same process we did with the dining room. Would YOU want to sleep there? Make sure that things are in working order, the bed is in good shape and made with clean linens, there are hangers in the closet, etc. Consider spending a night in there yourself – there’s no better way to gauge the readiness of your guest room than by being your own guest for a night!