Yes, I know Christmas is still several weeks away, but it really does creep up on you and I always find it better to be prepared than panicking closer to the time. I tend to start Christmas preparations from the beginning of October, as it gives me a good couple of months to really get ready. I will be sharing a variety of Christmas gift guides over the coming weeks, but today I wanted to share with you some of the ways I have been preparing my home for the festive period.
Decorating the House
Although our tree sometimes looks a little like Christmas exploded onto it, I do try and keep decorations around the rest of the house to a minimum. A Christmas wall mural from Wall Sauce provides the perfect festive backdrop contained to just one area of the house. The murals are available in a variety of designs and the peel and stick wallpapers can be removed easily with minimal mess.
Lighting can add to the ambience at Christmas time, and the Starburst lights from Reroom, are the perfect touch of glitz without being too over the top. Available as a free-standing or dandelion light, these will add to the magic this Christmas.
Ordering the Tree
What better way to get in the festive spirit than ordering your Christmas tree? This will be the first year we have had a real tree, and I am very excited to get it put up on the first of December. Our tree is coming from The Christmas Forest, and I have heard amazing things about that Christmas tree smell you just don’t get with the fake trees.
Personalised Present Sacks
There is something so magical about Christmas with children and now that Benjamin is two, I feel that all three of the kids are going to appreciate it that little bit more this year. The Handmade Christmas Company kindly sent over a personalised sack for each of the children, and I know they are going to love finding them by the tree on Christmas morning. There are several different designs available, all able to be personalised with both first and last names if required.
Stocking up on Festive Scents
I love lighting scented candles in the lead up to Christmas to help make the home smell nice and festive. Beefayre have a range of candles available with a variety of different scents that will have your home smelling lovely. They are also made from 100% natural plant wax and use cotton wicks, which means no harmful toxins. Some of the scents available include Winter Berries, Wild Fig and Spiced Orange.
Christmas is a time when families come together. Prepare for extra people with temporary storage solutions such as additional shoe racks to keep things tidy. The Charles Bentley over door hanger available from BuyDirect4U is brilliant for those extra coats and scarfs you’re sure to accumulate during this time and it doesn’t require fixing to the wall so is suitable for those in rented accommodation. Simply hang it over a door!
Don’t Forget the Decking
It can be easy to get caught up with indoors when cleaning, tidying and decorating in preparation for the festive season. Don’t forget to give some TLC to the outside of your house. Lots of leaves fall during autumn but a quick sweep can clear the front and back garden. The Charles Bentley broom, created in partnership with the National Trust and available from BuyDirect4U is perfect for the job as it has a weatherproof finish and can be used in all weather conditions.
Planning a Post Christmas Detox
Let’s face it, Christmas is a time for excess, and it can be easy to get carried away. If you anticipate eating and drinking a little more than usual, and forsee some late nights for the family, Better You have you covered with their range of detoxifying products, aimed at recharging the body. Their magnesium flakes are the perfect addition to a nice hot, relaxing bath and their Sleep Lotion also comes in a Junior version, suitable for children.
How do you prepare your home for Christmas? Do you have any top tips?
This is a sponsored post, also featuring gifted items, however all words are my own.