It’s a familiar feeling. We’ve hardly finished washing the dishes from Thanksgiving – and the Christmas season arrives, with bells on.
If you play host or hostess for the holidays, a good game plan will help you get your home in order more easily. After all, the best gift you can give your loved ones is to be relaxed and joyful, knowing you have the prep work squared away.
Here are 5 ideas for getting ahead of the holiday rush:
#1 Make Meals for Crunch Time
There are definitely some holiday treats – like cookies – you can make ahead and freeze. But if you can also squeeze in items like casseroles, soups and stews, you’ll appreciate having an easy home cooked meal when the rest of your schedule gets tight.
Find it at Snow’s: canning jars, slow cookers, oven safe cookware, reusable / portable food containers
#2 Pack, Purge and Polish
Before you start filling closets with gifts from Santa, make some room by sorting through your clothes and making a dash to Goodwill. After the purge, you can give the house a thorough cleaning – before that task overwhelms you.
Find it at Snow’s: household storage containers, cleaning products (including all-natural and non-toxic cleaners)
#3 Enhance the Entryway
When holiday visitors come-a-knocking, a festive entryway will let them know good times are waiting inside. Sometimes less is more: a single lush, live wreath with some seasonal accents can transform a front door.
Find it at Snow’s: live wreaths and trees, garland, decorative holiday trimmings
#4 Create a Welcoming Washroom
Except for the kitchen (everyone really spend time there!), your bathroom is probably the most visited room in the house. Freshen up the space with some special soaps, lotions and perhaps a lightly scented candle or two… your guests will appreciate the effort.
Find it at Snow’s: premium lotions and soaps, bath accessories, towels, candles and diffusers
#5 Stock Up on Fun
We love the food, we love the gifts. But what’s better than doing nothing more than sitting down to play a game? Your friends and family will jump at the chance to break out a classic board game, work on a big puzzle, or simply relax and connect with one another.
Find it at Snow’s: toys, games and puzzles for all ages, including the classics!