There’s no place like home for the holidays, but to many of us, getting it ready for hosting and celebrating can be overwhelming. Here are some timely tips on getting your home ready for the holiday season:

1. Start with a good cleaning.

You’ll enjoy preparing for the holidays a lot more if you start with a clean slate. Dedicate an afternoon to dusting your home, paying attention to your furniture, base board, molding, doors, and cabinets. Vacuum, sweep, and mop your floors. Give your fridge a good cleaning, removing any dated items. Tidy your pantry to make room for holiday snacks. Make cleaning fun by involving the whole family and cranking your favorite Christmas tunes! 

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2. Bring on the scents.

Seasonal candles add ambiance and warmth to your home and leave it smelling delightful. Or use these homemade stovetop scents to warmly welcome your guests throughout the holiday season.

3. Add a colorful blanket and throw pillows.

Colorful blankets and holiday-themed throw pillows are a quick and easy way to add a festive touch to your living room or guest bedroom. Consider layering your couch with a chunky, oversized knit blanket, which will keep you warm and cozy on those chilly winter nights!

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4. Deck out your mantel.

Since your mantel is a focal point, decorate it with hanging stockings, garlands, lanterns, candles, bottlebrush trees, old holiday photos, and more. Consider adding a wreath or holiday-themed picture above your mantel. Use natural materials, metallics, or a mixture of both. Need some inspiration?  Click here.

5. Make room for memories.

Christmas is all about sharing special times and memories with family and friends. Frame some of your favorite holiday photos from over the years and display them throughout your home.


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6. Put up a tree (or two...)

The task of putting up a Christmas tree is a lot more fun when shared. Invite family or friends over and include them in the decorating. Play your favorite holiday movies or music and take a break to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies! You don’t have to stop at one tree. According to the American Christmas Tree Association, the trend of multi-tree households is in full swing. People are placing them in their bedrooms, guest bedrooms, and other places throughout the home. Many of these trees represent specific themes, allowing homeowners to really express themselves.

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7. Beautify your bannisters.

Add fresh or silk garlands to your bannisters to really make your stairwells pop. There are a variety of garlands available at most major craft and hobby stores.

8. Add a little greenery.

Another great way to decorate for the holidays is to add some greenery throughout your home. Place some holiday floral picks or fresh greenery on your shelves, bookcases, side tables, or window sills. 

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9. Gather your favorite collectibles.

Over the years, many of us build collections of our favorite holiday decor--from antique ornaments and serving ware, to snowmen, gnomes. and villages. Create visual impact by gathering a few of your favorites and displaying them on a tiered tray or on a hutch, coffee table, or shelf.

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10. Display your holiday greetings.

As your holiday cards arrive, put them on display for all to enjoy. Click here for some fun and festive ways to display your holiday greetings. 

Remember what matters most this holiday season.

It’s okay not to display every holiday decoration you have. Put out those items that have the most meaning for you and consider giving your remaining holiday decor to friends or family, or donating them to a local charity for an end-of-year tax write off. While it’s great to have a nicely decorated home for the holidays, what matters most are the memories you make with those dearest to you. Nothing warms the home like the laughter and joy of friends and family. Season’s Greetings from the Cormack family to yours!

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