The holiday season is supposed to be a festive time of the year…baking cookies, spending quality time with your family, and roasting marshmallows by the fire. However, it can be challenging to truly enjoy the season when you are struggling to tackle an unending list of tasks and trying to accommodate everyone’s comfort and merriment.
You may even find yourself wondering if it is possible to have a stress-free holiday season and truly enjoy all the festivities and company in your home this season.
5 Steps to Tackle Holiday Stress in Your Home
Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that even Santa would suggest you try so you can enjoy a stress-free holiday season at home this year.
#1: Discuss holiday traditions with your family
Take some time to discuss holiday traditions with your family to discover what their favorites are so that you make time for what is most important for the whole family. Maybe it’s baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve or going caroling around the neighborhood.
#2: Plan in advance
The holiday season is full of hustle and bustle. With advanced planning, you are sure to streamline it all. Consider what tasks (purchasing gifts, preparing the holiday cards, and cleaning or organizing your spaces) you are reasonably able to complete in a few weeks and plan to wrap them up by the end of November.
#3: Efficiently store your holiday decorations
Your holiday decoration stash will likely grow year after year, which means you need to find a practical and efficient way to store them. Create categories to help you store like items with like items. For example, you can group items by color, by room, or by material. Be sure to label their storage containers.
#4: Consider simple holiday touches
If you have just built your home, are renovating your current home, or are considering building a custom home, decorating may be the last thing on your to-do list. However, you are not about to skip out on holiday decorating traditions and making it feel festive in your home this year!
This doesn’t mean that you have to go overboard when it comes to holiday decorating. Consider creating simple holiday touches in the main areas of your home, such as:
Stringing a few strands of outdoor lights inside
Hanging a wreath on your front door, kitchen window, or the backs of your dining chairs
Infusing your home with your favorite seasonal scents
#5: Make your home cozy and inviting
There are plenty of stress-free ways to prepare your home for comfortably welcoming and hosting guests for the holidays.
Try these suggestions to create an inviting and cozy home for your holiday guests:
● Make toiletries, towels, pillows, blankets, etc. easily accessible
● Include a note in the guest room(s) with the Wi-Fi network and password
● Empty out the dresser drawers in the guest rooms
Creating a Stress-Free Holiday Season at Your Home
The holiday season can quickly become stressful and overshadow the merriment of seasonal festivities, traditions, and quality time with your family. When you are in the middle or even beginning stages of building a custom home, the holidays can easily become overwhelming.
Remember to factor in the holiday season when building your home so you will have plenty of space in the dining and entertaining rooms in addition to a functional floor plan and features for your unique needs. At Ryan A. Jones and Associates, we are able to accommodate every need for your custom home. Contact us today to learn more about how we can build you the home of your dreams.