December is officially here, and that means the start of December Holidays!
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, or St. Lucia Day, it all adds up to the same thing: plenty of house guests. Yes, it is that time of the year when family and friends will gather to celebrate, reminisce and share plenty of laughs and eats.
While this is an exciting time of year for all, it can also be quite stressful. Food needs to be prepared, the house needs to be clean, gifts need to be shopped for and wrapped up, and the home most likely needs some minor upgrades.
Unfortunately, the holidays can cause money to be a bit tight. All of the food and gifts come at a cost! This can sometimes leave home upgrades to be left behind until well into the new year.
Fortunately, there are plenty of easy home upgrades that come at a low cost and won’t cut into shopping time.
Here are 5 home upgrades to tackle before the December holidays!
Easy Home Upgrade #1: Re-Paint the Walls
This is a rather inexpensive upgrade that can drastically improve any room. Using a bright color to liven up the house looks great and is a mood booster to get through the wintertime blues. People who don’t have the time to re-paint a whole room (understandably) can paint one accent wall as a conversation starter or touch up the baseboards to really give the room a crisp, finished look.
On the other end, winter is the best time of the year to hire a painter to do it for you. Winter is slow season for painters, which means you are more likely to score a better deal. Some painters say that winter air is better for the paint job than the summer because it’s dry and won’t cause problems with the paint.
Easy Home Upgrade #2: De-Clutter
Usually people wait until spring to get organized, but why? The winter is when most things are organized and then put away in storage. Don’t leave a mess for yourself in the spring and use this time of year to create a more spacious environment for your guests. Learn how to organize your space most efficiently and invest in storage crates and shelving. This also helps make extra space for gifts to be placed until they are ready to be given away.
On top of that, the holidays are the perfect time to get rid of unused items (no, not re-gifting). Plenty of non-profit organizations will take gently used clothes and toys to donate to families in need. Giving is a part of the December holidays, and some people may have excess stuff to give away. Perfect fit!
Easy Home Upgrade #3: Spruce up the Bathroom
During the December holidays, guests will be filtering in and out of the bathroom all evening. Why not make it great to look at? The bathroom is a great place to upgrade because small changes are much more noticeable. Clean the grout between the floor tiles, the sink, and the tub. Clean out the window and put a new curtain in. Buy a new soap and tooth brush holder from the dollar store with a matching rug and shower curtain. Replace your toilet and sink. Add new, shiny sink fixtures. Remember those magazines you accidentally subscribed to and no longer have use for? Put them in the bathroom. These things make a world of difference.
Easy Home Upgrade #4: Safety Check
Many may forget this step, but it’s certainly the most important! With at least a dozen people in the house at one time during the December holidays, safety is key. Make sure to check the smoke and carbon monoxide detector, change the furnace filter, and vacuum out the dryer and kitchen vents to avoid a fire in the kitchen.
Easy Home Upgrade #5: Keep the House Warm
This is a major upgrade, and one your guests will greatly appreciate. Insulating the house not only keeps guests warm, but also cuts down on utility bills. There are plenty of inexpensive ways to keep the house warm such a weather stripping, thick curtains, and draft snakes. If this seems like too much of a task, December holiday themed fleece blankets are second best (maybe even first).
Is the house covered in hardwood floors? This seems like a great idea in the heat of summer, but can make the house a bit colder during winter. The December holidays are the perfect time to buy a couple new area rugs for the living room to combat the cold without turning the heat up.
If you're not up to tackling December holiday upgrades or you simply do not have the time, we would be happy to help.