• Holiday Sweep: How to Prepare Your Home for Guests this Christmas

    Prep your home for party season.
    by Angeli Sobrepena .
  • christmas homePicture this: Relatives are staying over for the holidays, you are hosting the clan Noche Buena, and just to throw in more excitement to your already overscheduled week, hubby just decided to throw a house party for his coworkers.

    Between taking care of the kids and juggling your daily to-dos, when will you ever find the time to prepare for the festivities?

    Kathleen Ong, professional events organizer at Ripple Effect Organizing, a company that specializes in home and office de-cluttering and organizing in Quezon City, says you can lessen the stress of preparation by investing time in getting organized. Take time to design simple “Holiday Systems”

    This way, every year, the holidays wouldn’t be so stressful and overwhelming, she says.


    Easy breezy tips
    Before things turn into a nightmare before Christmas, read on for practical tips that will ensure hassle-free holiday housekeeping from the professionals.


    Make a list and check it twice
    Before you launch into a cleaning frenzy, evaluate the state of your home, Ong suggests. First, make a list of the areas that need attention.

    Next, list the things that need to be done per area. Remember that it’s not just the tidying up that needs to be addressed, simple repair is important, too. Is the faucet in the powder room leaking? Is the light bulb in the hallway still working?


    Prioritize
    There may be a million and one things to do before the guests arrive, so it’s important to prioritize. Divide your list into “Now” and “Later.” Think about where the guests will possibly go while they’re in your home. These areas should be placed under “Now.” Areas such as the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom should be on top of this list. Your daughter’s room might be begging for a major cleanup, but if the guests are unlikely to enter her room, it’s best to do it during a less hectic time. Put it under “Later.”

     

    Click here to see more tips on how to prepare your home for guests this Christmas.

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