Your home is ready for holiday entertaining, but do you have the items on hand to ensure holiday preparations go smoothly? Whether hanging Christmas lights or preparing a large holiday meal, there are a few things you should do to make holiday preparations run smoothly.
Prepare your yard
Your front yard is a central focus during the holidays, so it’s a good idea to do some general yard maintenance to make sure it’s looking neat, spruced, and trimmed. Simple tasks like raking the inevitable amount of leaves that made their way into your yard during autumn make a big difference. Sweep up your front porch and consider pressure washing your home exterior. Clean out your gutters for any debris, which will make hanging Christmas lights much easier!
Deep clean kitchen
Take some time to make sure your kitchen is clean, fresh, and ready for its own kind of workout this holiday season.
Clean oven and stovetop
Failing to clean out the stuck-on food and other crumbs in your oven or on your stovetop could cause an unexpected smoke alarm to go off while preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Use a combination of baking soda, white vinegar, and dish soap for a natural way to clean your oven and stovetop.
Organize and clear out the pantry
Organizing your pantry before the holidays will save time once you go grocery shopping for all those ingredients you need to bake your famous holiday cookies. Take an inventory of the items you have on hand to avoid wasting space (and money) buying new products. Get creative and see what recipes you can make with the things you have on hand in the pantry, helping clear it out. For more tips on how to organize your pantry, check out this article.
Your refrigerator is sure to be used a lot more during the holiday season. Clean the filters to make sure cool air circulates properly and to help prevent breakdowns. Sanitize storage surfaces and clear out any expired food or condiments. Check the gaskets and seals between the refrigerator doors for tears or sagging—doors that aren’t sealed well let cold air escape and increase the likelihood of food spoilage.
There are certain tools every homeowner should have on hand, but these items are especially important during the holidays:
- Interior and exterior extension cords
- Command hooks
- Power strips and surge protectors
- Screwdriver with interchangeable bits
- Assortment of batteries
- Box cutter
Gabriel Building Supply helps Louisiana homeowners
Gabriel Building Supply has the supplies you need to be ready for holiday home preparations and entertaining guests. Stop by our stores in Amite and Ponchatoula, LA, or call us today to learn about how we can make sure your home is holiday-ready!
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