How to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

Posted on: November 18, 2017

The holidays are a special time of year and an excellent time to reconnect with friends and family. Whether you’ll be hosting visitors from out of town or having a large gathering for a holiday meal, you’ll have more time to spend with your guests if you plan ahead and prepare your home before they arrive. While this may not be the ideal time to begin work on a home addition or remodeling project, it is a great opportunity to take note of the areas where your home falls short, so you can make plans to improve it.

Here are our top tips for preparing your home for the festivities:

Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays


Before you add holiday decorations, gifts, and guests, declutter the common areas of your home, ridding flat surfaces of unwanted or useless items. If you’re short on time and would rather choose what to toss, donate, or recycle until after the holidays, store these items in your basement or the back of a closet and revisit them at a later date.

Deep Clean

Depending on how far in advance you begin your preparations, you can add one or two larger projects in to your weekly cleaning routine. Areas which are often neglected throughout the year include:

  • Windows and blinds
  • Curtains
  • Pantry
  • Carpets
  • Fridge and microwave
  • Light fixtures
  • Guest accommodations

If you have neither the time or desire to give your home a thorough once over, consider hiring a cleaning service for a one-time deep clean before your guests arrive.

Light the Way

It gets dark early at this time of year, and chances are your guests will be arriving or leaving after nightfall. Illuminate the path to your doorway and ensure exterior bulbs are in working order. Once inside, determine how you’ll store extra shoes and coats, and consider a mudroom addition if you find yourself running short on space.

Organize Your Kitchen

Guests always seem to gravitate towards the kitchen—is yours up to the challenge? A kitchen that is too small, lacks sufficient storage space, or is cut off from the rest of the home is limited in functionality and will benefit from a kitchen remodel. Remove unnecessary small appliances from your counter tops to make additional prep space and organize drawers and cupboards so that the items you use most are easy to find. Locate items ahead of time which are used for holiday cooking such as a roasting pan, baking supplies, and platters and store them in a central location.


Leave yourself plenty of time to relax and enjoy the festivities by enlisting the help of family members to decorate the interior and exterior of your home. Avoid waiting until the last minute to avoid unnecessary stress and to give yourself additional time to enjoy your treasured decorations and keepsakes.

Make Room

Ideally, your guest suite should be located away from your family sleeping area to allow for privacy and quiet, so that guests may stay up late or sleep in. Give them the royal treatment with a guest space that allows them to remain self-sufficient during their stay, stocking the room with plenty of extra bedding, towels, snacks, and bottled water. Provide bedside lighting and reading materials, and if your current configuration doesn’t work, consider an addition or remodel to increase the functionality of your home.

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If during the holidays you find yourself short on space or wishing for a more updated home, Heritage Builders can help! We have years of experience creating custom remodels for homes throughout the area. From a bathroom addition to a whole-home remodel, our talented design/build team can do it all!

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