The first step in preparing your home should be taking a walk through of your house, using a critical eye to see what can be improved upon. As a DIY Expert, I like to make simple home improvements that not only improve the look of your home but are a good investment. Installing laminate wood floors can be done in a weekend! They also help protect against the holiday hustle and bustle of visiting guests your kids and have a lifetime guarantee! Complete the look with candles since the light will look beautiful bouncing off the shiny wood surfaces.
One big holiday project to tackle is decorating but it doesn't have to be time-consuming or cost a fortune. Things that can be found around the house. For example, cotton swabs can be used not only to assist in making DIY arts and crafts, but as arts and crafts themselves.
When decorating with anything that hangs, be careful not to leave marks or damage your walls or other surfaces. Come January, you won't want to do more DIY projects just to clean up after your holiday projects. Always hang your kids' holiday artwork, recipes etc on the fridge and adhere other fun decorations to the walls using something that offers the convenience of pushpins and putty without leaving behind holes, marks or messy adhesive.
For overnight guests, preparations are a little different, since they will be spending more time and will have different needs of those just staying a few hours. Make sure to have easy access for them to things like towels, toiletries so they don't have to come to you for little things while you are preparing to entertain.
Finally, your kitchen is the hub of the home -- especially around the holidays. Take a few minutes to get organized by creating a "finder binder," a three-ring binder containing the information you may need to find this holiday season, such as school schedules, holiday activities, takeout menus, calendars and notes. Then clear those kitchen counters because you're going to need lots of room to prepare your favorite holiday foods!
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