The answer to this question just might be, “We are as ready as we will ever be.” In other words, whatever doesn’t get done, hopefully no one but you will notice. And the truth is, that’s perfect! Who will notice if we didn’t get the garland up by the staircase, the second tree in the living room, or even the extra gift for Uncle Joe? Chances are, nobody will ever notice these things… so why stress about them?
The truth is, not stressing about every little thing is sometimes easier said than done. Many of us tend to fall into the “perfectionist” category. This is the main reason we become so overwhelmed and frazzled by the holidays. We are too busy trying to decorate the perfect tree, buy the perfect present, or cook the best turkey with stuffing that we forget to enjoy the process. Go out shopping with your friends to buy presents, have your children help decorate the tree while sipping hot cocoa, and throw the turkey in the oven. It will all turn out fine, regardless of how much time we spent on everything.
SOME QUICK HOUSEHOLD TIPS TO MAKE THE HOLIDAYS GO SMOOTHLY:
Clean Out the Fridge: Go through your refrigerator and throw out anything over a week old to make room for desserts, trays your guests may bring, and of course… the leftovers!
Clear the countertops: Make some room for platters of cookies, festive floral arrangements, and to display your holiday cards.
Freshen up the Powder Room: Spruce things up with decorative soaps and scented candles for holiday aroma and ambiance.
Stock up the pantry: Have your favorite holiday spices, candied yams, and cranberry sauce on hand. It’s also a good idea to set aside a pile to donate to a food drive or local soup kitchen.
Clean the Chimney: Have a chimney cleaning service professionally clean the chimney so you can enjoy warm fires around the fireplace with your family and friends.
Shine the Silverware: Shine and polish your silver and wash the good china so your holiday table will sparkle!
Remember, don’t worry about making it all perfect; do what you can and then surrender to the flow of the holidays. Chances are, you will have much more fun in the process! For more household tips or to schedule a cleaning, please visit our website at: www.homeservicesenterprise.com.