Learn how you can get your home ready for the holidays by implementing budget-friendly ideas today. Planning ahead for the holidays is always a bonus!
The holidays are upon us and I wanted to showcase some tips leading up to one of my favorite days: Christmas!
Since purchasing our home, I’ve made it a point to host Christmas with our family. This year, I’ve got more things to be excited about, and I can’t wait to celebrate with the kids this year.
If there’s anything I love more than spending time as a family, it’s being able to give back to those we love.
It’s been a tough year for many of us, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities and the help my family received along the way.
Although I won’t be able to spend holidays with our family this year, I’m looking forward to holiday break activities with our kids and will be sharing ways you can get your home ready for the holidays.
Getting Your Home Ready For Visitors
One of our favorite things to do when we create our holiday menu is to plan ahead on the essentials. As a Costco member, I receive 2% back of my yearly purchases around December.
I use the money to pay for our holiday party expenses. Below are 3 ways you can plan ahead before your guests arrive.
1. Stock up on snacks and a variety of drinks
Having your pantry organized and ready for guests is key when you’re planning to have family and friends over to visit. More so when they are planning to spend the night (or a week).
It’s a good idea to have their favorite things to eat and drink. This shows your guests how much you pay attention and care about their needs.
Be sure to keep a list of the items you’ll need to get closer to their arrival. This way you avoid any expiration dates.
2. Organize the guest room/are they’ll stay.
Another way to get your home ready for the holidays with family and friends coming over is by organizing the area they will stay. Make sure you have plenty of towels to use throughout the week.
Not everyone likes using the same towel the next day, or you can ask them beforehand. Having extra set of clean towels and such helps your guests feel more independent.
BONUS TIP: It also helps you feel less stressed out during the holiday season. Make it available and eye level so they can see everything, and it’s ready for their use.
3. Stock up the guest bathroom with everyday essentials.
Having necessary items available to your guests in the bathroom is another way to minimize the stress during the holidays. It’s always fun to see everyone together, but the mix of personalities can be exhausting.
Cross one more thing off the list by adding their favorite items to the medicine cabinet.
BONUS TIP: Let your guests know where things are when they arrive in their room. Most people like to bathe when they get to their destination or relax.
Letting your guests know where things are can be helpful for the next day when you’re still catching some Z’s.
How To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays With Kids
Living in South Florida means there isn’t snow during the winter months. It’s been quite an adjustment for us — good and bad.
Creating magical moments for the kids is what we aim to do during the winter break. It makes them look forward to the holidays with family and friends.
Not only do weekly schedules get the kids excited, but it helps me remember the days of the week. This is important when you already have certain things to do throughout the week.
You can also have your family help you clean with this cleaning list of ideas for kids.
Add Self Care During The Holidays
Setting up for the holidays means you organize your plans for when your family and friends arrive. You always want to focus on your morning routine, even when you have family over.
It’s a reminder that you can set time apart for yourself and your daily rituals as well.
When guests stay at your home during the holidays, it’s easy to forget about your To-Do list. Tackling your list helps you feel in control.
Never leave your list undone for too long. You’ll begin to feel overwhelmed, and that’s the last thing you need when you have people staying with you during the holidays.
Budget-Friendly Ideas For The Holidays
By keeping a budget during the holidays, you’re not only saving money. You’re also showing self-control.
We’ve been planning our Christmas Eve menu for weeks and we just finalized the details of how we’d like the day to go.
Planning ahead also helps us budget for our events.
As you get your home ready for the holidays, it’s important to think of ways to create a memorable experience for everyone. This year, we’re adding more activities for the kids.
Below are some budget-friendly ways you can start getting ready for the holidays now: