With Halloween over and bonfire night soon to be behind us, you may well have started thinking about Christmas. Being the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, it makes sense to dedicate some time to preparing your home ahead of the festive season so that you can fully enjoy it.
Declutter and organise
Christmas can cause many homes to feel chaotic, whether it be the sheer number of presents, the additional furniture temporarily squeezed in to fit everyone, or the decorations, your home is highly likely to have more stuff in it than it did previously. In order to enjoy this rather than getting stressed by it, it is worth doing a big declutter ahead of the festive season. This should include selling, donating, or recycling anything you no longer want or need.
Once you have gotten rid of everything you no longer want, it is time to organise everything you plan to keep. If you find that you don’t have enough room or adequate ways to store all your things, explore the option of installing some fitted furniture in dead spaces within your home. Once everything is organised and put away in dedicated spaces, this will allow you to embrace everything Christmas related.
Assess what you have
When it comes to preparing for Christmas it is very easy to get carried away whilst out in the shops. A good way to avoid this is to assess everything you already have before you go out and make any purchases. Get out all your decorations and assess whether you need to buy anything extra. Be sure to also check that all your fairy lights are working so you know whether you need to replace them. This is also a good time to check whether you need to purchase batteries for any of your Christmas décor. Not only should you check decorative pieces, but think about the more practical side of Christmas too; how many people are you going to be hosting this year? Do you need to borrow or purchase additional crockery? Doing all of this before you step foot in any shop is a great way to ensure you only buy what is actually necessary. Don’t forget to consider wrapping paper, Sellotape, and tags!
Stock your cupboards
For non-perishable items, now is a great time to begin stocking up your cupboards with Christmas snacks and essentials. There are of course some items that can’t be purchased until much closer to the big day, but for things such as chocolate and crisps, you can begin stocking up on these early. Doing this allows you to take advantage of any bargains you see and spreads the cost so that you aren’t having to do such a big shop right before Christmas. Make sure to make note of what it is that you’re buying so you don’t accidentally purchase the same thing multiple times.