Christmas is fast approaching and chances are that you’re already revelling in the festivities and making preparations for when the big day approaches. Perhaps you’re taking a look around Christmas markets and fairs, drinking hot chocolate, searching for gifts, and singing along the Christmas songs. Maybe you’re waiting for the Black Friday Sales to stock up on gifts for your loved ones. One aspect of this wonderful time of year that’s starting to make its way to the forefront of our minds is decorating our homes. Now, the majority of us won’t start putting decorations up until the first of December at the earliest. But it’s never too early to start preparing and getting things together in order to make this process as convenient and simple as possible. Here are just a few steps that you can take to get ready and make your home feel as merry as can be when the time comes around!
Have a Clear Out
The majority of us will have a major clear out at the beginning of each year to make our homes feel fresh and clean once we have cleared our Christmas decorations away. But why not carry out a clear out before Christmas? By November and December, chances are that your home has all sorts of unnecessary bits and bobs lying all over the place. Most of our drawers will be housing a year’s worth of outdated letters that we’ve already read or responded to and no longer need. Our shelves will hold promotional material that we’ve picked up from different companies’ marketing campaigns and promotional staff at events. There will also be a bunch of take-away menus lying about that have been posted through your door. Clear all of this junk out and conduct a thorough clean of your entire property to make sure that everything is clean and comfortable rather than crowded and cluttered when you’re putting your decorations up.
Check All Lights are Working
If you already have lights, they’ll have been stored away for almost a year now. You can’t be sure that they will all definitely work when you put them up on your tree or around the outside of your home. So, take the time to unravel them and check that they are all still working. This will give you the opportunity to replace any broken bulbs in advance, rather than finding that bulbs are missing and having to delay decoration or put them up regardless and seek out broken bulbs later (which can prove a lot more difficult). Just make sure that bulbs used to replace outdoor lights are suitable for outdoor use. If you don’t have lights yet, invest in some high-quality led neon rope lights, fairy lights, and other sorts of lights!
Wash Cushions and Tablecloths
Many of us have special festive cushions that we bring out around December, as well as festive tablecloths that make our dining tables look decorated too. If you have washed them after use at the end of last year and stored them away in vacuum sealed bags, you will simply be able to get them out and use them. However, if you have just tucked them away in a box in your loft or another storage space, you might want to give them a thorough wash before using them again, as they might have accumulated dust or dirt.
Choose a Christmas Tree
If you are having a real Christmas tree, you’re going to have to find a supplier and browse the different trees that they have in order to find the perfect one for your home. Take measurements of your room and the space that you intend to put the tree in before starting your search. This will ensure that your chosen tree will definitely fit and will prevent you from getting home only to find that it won’t fit through the door or that it can’t stand upright in your living space. Once you know what you’re looking for, start browsing. Many suppliers will be more than happy to reserve a specific tree for you if you put down a deposit. This means you can wait until you are ready to put the tree up before collecting it and taking it home, at the same time as ensuring you definitely get the tree that you want!
Order Personalised Decorations
Personalised decorations are becoming increasingly popular. This isn’t all too surprising. There’s something that extra touch more special when something has your name on it or is designed especially for you. But if you want to invest in personalised decorations, you might want to get your orders in before the rush. Bespoke items tend to have a longer turnaround time between order and delivery. So, order early!
These are just a few steps that you can take to prepare for the process of decorating your home this festive season. Implement them into your routine and by the first of December, you will be ready and raring to go!