The holiday season is finally upon us. But the question is, are you ready?

There are a few things that we can do now to prepare for the holidays. That way, you won’t miss out on enjoying time spent with your loved ones because you’ll get a head start on all your tasks.

Shopping

If you plan to buy Christmas gifts for family and friends, I would highly recommend that you don’t wait until the 24th of December to make your trip to the mall. I will go as far as suggesting that you get that done by the end of November, preferably during black Friday.

I avoid malls like the plague during the festive season. But I know that I need to plan ahead if I want to dodge the festive rush.

Downtime

While holidays are meant to be a time of celebrating and relaxing, we often get exhausted with all the activities the holidays bring. Make sure that you schedule time to rest.

For me, the focus this year is on creating memorable experiences with my family. Instead of filling up my schedule with parties and get-togethers, I want to prioritise experiences as much as possible.

 

Prepare for house guests

There’s no doubt that I’ll be hosting family or friends, and it’s essential for me to make my guests feel comfortable. Make sure there’s plenty of clean towels, clean linen and toiletries to make your guests feel at home.

Spruce up the main spaces

Have a look at your dining room, lounge, kitchen and entry hall. Is there anything that you would like to change or update? Now I’m not suggesting that you break the budget, but you could make small changes that will make a significant difference. I plan to change my scatter cushions, buy new vases and I’m getting new slipcovers for my outdated dining room chairs.

Declutter

There’s nothing that brings me more joy than a clean, clutter-free home. I swear, Marie Kondo and I were best friends in our past lives. In the next couple of days, I’ll start decluttering every room in the house. I don’t want to start the new year with clutter from the previous year. The benefits of decluttering are far more profound than just having a clean home, according to experts. Getting your home oragnised is a vital way to practice self-care, and it’s good for your mind. The state of our emotional and spiritual health often shows itself in our daily behaviour, especially when it comes to how our homes look.

There you have it, those are my 5 tips for getting ready for the holiday season. Have you started holiday planning? How do you stay on top of everything during the festive season? Share your tips in the comments below.

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