The holidays are right around the corner, my friends. Can you feel excitement/panic/dread creeping up on you?
Whether you love the holidays or loathe them, they are coming at us in full force. But, we still have a few weeks to get our shit together. Here are a few (free) things you can do now that will help you get started out on the right foot.
Clean your light fixtures.
Weird right? But stick with me. Light fixtures are one of those things that collect vast amounts of dust and dirt (and in our case, bugs). Light fixtures are also one of those things that don’t get cleaned very often.
But if you can set aside a couple of hours to remove the fixtures and wash them with warm soapy water, it makes a massive difference in the light that cast. And during a gloomy winter day in Minnesota, it makes a huge difference.
Get rid of 20 things.
Preparing for guests and putting up your decorating is a great time to declutter. And unless you are one of those weird guys who keep all of their worldly possessions in a backpack, you can get rid of 20 things. Probably more, but let’s start small.
You will feel lighter, I promise.
Wash your windows.
In the same way that cleaning your light fixtures makes your house seem brighter and cheerier, clean windows make the whole house look cleaner.
Hopefully, the weather is not too cold yet where you are, but now is a perfect time to grab your newspapers and vinegar and give those windows a good once-over.
Clean out your cabinets/fridge.
Since the season of cooking and baking is upon us, now is a great time to give your fridge and pantry a deep clean. Wipe out the draws and shelves in your fridge. Dig into the dark parts of your pantry and get rid of all of the old food and donate the things that you are not going to use.
Make a list.
Get out your trusty notebook and make a list. A gift list, a to-do list, a grocery list. It doesn’t matter what kind of list, get it out of your head and on to paper.