With Christmas fast approaching, it's a good time to get organised in the home before hordes of friends and relatives descend, keen to fill your home with festive cheer, gravy stains and a million tiny shreds of wrapping paper. Not exactly thrifty, but important none the less!
The 4Homes website has drawn up a comprehensive list full of pre Christmas mayhem-reducing advise. My favourite five are as follows:
- Child proof your home by moving precious ornaments out of harm's way.
- Prepare your guest room by tidying up any clutter that has accumulated over the past year. Leave out spare blankets and create some hanging or drawer space for guests' storage.
- Dust your decorations. An easy method for this is to secure part of an old pair of tights over the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner. Works well on dusty garlands, tinsel and artificial trees.
- Be organised with your washing-up and fill the dishwasher with all the stuff you will need when everyone gets hungry for their next feed. Including cutlery, plates, and glasses. Put straight on for a quick cycle.
- Recycle what you can. 4Homes suggest recycling wrapping paper, drink cans, glass and plastic bottles which is cheap and easy to do. Further to this, the Woodland Trust has a card recycling scheme available throughout January at Tesco's, WH Smith and Marks & Spencer. You should also find out from your local authority where you can recycle your tree.