As the winter holidays are quickly approaching many of us are thinking about traveling and/or entertaining guests. Planning for these events can be stressful but with a few helpful tips can be quite enjoyable. First your homes safety is always important whether you are away or have vistors here are a few tips to help enhance your home’s safety this holiday.
I am sure you have noticed it gets dark earlier now, that is why it is important to make sure the exterior of your house is well lit. This gives you a spook free journey to the front door as you arrive home in the evenings and makes it difficult for predators to lurk around your property. It is also a good idea to keep your yard neat, walkways swept and clear of debris. This prevents your house from looking vacant and more susceptible to crime. Placing your lights on a timer is also an easy way to increase the safety of your property. It ensures that you a well lit welcome home in the evenings and if you are going out of town for the holidays gives the appearance that someone is home. If you do plan on being away for a few days it is recommended that you verify all your windows are locked and blinds are shut. Also arrange with the post office and newspaper to have your delivers held until your return. If mail or newspapers pile up it lets predators know the house is currently unattended. Prior to leaving make sure your furnace is turned off and any heat generating items are unplugged. This will help save slightly on utility bills and lower the chances of a fire while you are away.
If you plan on staying in and entertaining there are a few other things you can do to increase how inviting your home is to your guests. Adding a personal touch to the front door is a simple way to start your guests’ visit in a cozy way. A seasonal wreath or doormat are two affordable ways to add some holiday spirit to your home. Arranging furniture so that it creates walkways and prevents large pieces from having their backs face entrances makes a room fill larger and more welcoming. Making sure there is ample light and decluttering common areas and guest rooms is also an easy way to brighten a room and make them feel larger. To add another layer of comfort of your home you can use fragrances. In order to fill your home with the smell of the holidays you can use traditional methods like candle warmers, potpourri or scentsy or you can display oranges with cloves pierced in them to create a personal design.
No matter what your holiday plans are I hope they are filled with love and joy.