Will this be the year you finally get the holidays to come together stress free in your home? Fall is everyone’s favorite time of year. This is when the holidays and all that come with them are in full swing. Friends and family get together to celebrate and hang out together. Because of this, fall can either be the most stressful time of year or the best, full of lifelong memories that are made with the people you care about most. This time of year can go disastrously wrong for many people. But it doesn’t have to. If you want to avoid the usual failures and have your house to be everyone’s favorite this year, here are 7 ways you can do so.
#1 – Envision your ideal season
What would a perfect fall home look like? Come up with a clear vision on how this will look. Is your house built for a season to include lots of friends, family members, and events? If so, the budget should include lots of decoration, snacks, and party accessories like paper plates and napkins. Be ready to order pizza to feed the crowd. If you’d rather have a more laid-back season, opt to plan on smaller gatherings with hot cocoa and board games. Think about exactly how you want this to look. Remember – if you build it, they will come.
#2 – Have a clean house
A clean house is a must for the holidays. Ensure that the under looked areas such as dusty corners and tops of hutches are kept. Rearrange furniture and clean the carpets if you have to. Put what isn’t necessary in storage. Allergens can run rampant this time of year for some people, so if you want a good fall season, don’t be the house on the block with the greatest decorations but poorest air quality.
#3 – Buy your decorations early and be creative with them
A successful fall themed house will include decorations to match. Be aware of where you will place each decoration so that they will bring the maximum amount of attention from guests and visitors. A scarecrow might be cliché, but with the right strategy can be made fun and interactive. Give the scarecrow a sign to hold where people are invited to sign their names. You decide on how and even when to put decorations up, so if you believe Christmas lights should be put up in early October, then go for it! Lastly, always order what you need online so they get to you on time. Scrambling is a no-no when creating an impressively decorated fall house.
#4 – Pumpkins, cinnamon, apples, cranberries, and coffee
There are some signature scents and flavors that are specific to the fall experience. Make sure these items in particular are stocked up and ready to be front and center in your home this season. You can incorporate these flavors in foods, air fresheners, coffees, themes, decorations, and more.
#5 – Movies and music
There’s an endless catalog of holiday movies and songs. There are also plenty of classic favorites that people feel obligated to watch or listen to every year. Throw a couple of these in rotation when people come by the house. This will give others a perfect impression on how much holiday spirit is had in your home.
#6 – Fire
In these next couple months fire will work well because the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are starting to drop, but not enough to need to stay inside. An area in the backyard for a campfire will work wonders for some of those chilly fall days. Fire fits the season well. Even a peaceful log fire animation on the TV screen will blend right in and create a great atmosphere.
#7 – Have fun and keep it low stress
You have decided to put effort into a better home this fall season. While it can seem overwhelming, remember the bottom line is that this is supposed to ensure that the season goes well for everyone. Get clear on how you want this to look and then act on it so you can have a great season. You don’t need all of the things on this list. Remember that even one of them will improve the quality of your home. And don’t forget the big picture, which is to showcase your home with an enjoyable fall season.
If you do even one of these, the holidays should be stress free for you and your home because things will go much smoother. Holiday disasters only happen in other people’s homes, not yours. This will ensure your house is the favorite this year.