DUST OFF CHRISSY FAVES
HERE’S SOME TOP TIPS SO YOU’LL BE PREPARED WHEN THE FESTIVE SEASON CHAOS BEGINS
Before the table is dressed, the tree is assembled and the sweet sound of carols fill every room, there are things to be done around the home in preparation for the biggest day of the year. I’m like the mother out of Bad Moms 2 where everything has to be perfect. So here are some ways to help with the lead-up to the chaos we call Christmas. De-cluttering is the first step. If you’re anything like me, I leave the “spring clean” until November to absolutely guarantee a clean house for the festive season. Before the onslaught of new gifts jams the cupboards, take time to clear out things you no longer need. If you don’t love it, use it or need it – throw it, re-purpose it or re-home it. Prepare your supplies. Perhaps your good china, glassware and tablecloths haven’t seen the light of day since last Christmas. Pull everything out, wash and iron your tablecloths and dust or clean your cutlery and crockery. Have you got sufficient seating for your guests, serving dishes for Nana’s rum balls and napery for grubby little fingers? Schedule any big jobs in and around the home. This could be carpet and mattress cleaning, a small garden renovation or simply cleaning the exterior of your home. My fiance and I like to keep on top of the gardens and lawns leading up to Christmas so it’s not a colossal job come December 24. Keeping on top of bathrooms and washing is a common oversight in the festive period. An influx of visitors means bathrooms need daily attention, and pool and bath towels work overtime, so continual washing is essential. And don’t forget to buy toilet paper in bulk. You’ll need ample room in the fridge for champagne and food, so a decent clean-out of expired condiments may be required. Be prepared for the annual surprise visit from Aunty Meryl and Uncle Les by stocking the freezer with premade meals such as quiche or lasagne. Don’t we all just love and cherish those surprise visits? Last, but most certainly not least is to delegate jobs to friends and family so you don’t end up a slave to your visitors and your home. When guests pitch in, the day (and night) seems much more effortless, cheerful and enjoyable for everyone.