Never mind the turkey and the Christmas pudding preparations, is your house ready for Christmas? With the number of drop-in guests likely to surge over the coming weeks, now's the perfect time to get your home in tip-top condition, well in advance of their arrival. To give you a hand, we've devised a five pointer checklist to help you on your way.

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1. Prepare the guest bedroom

If your guest bedroom doubles up as a dumping ground for excess stuff you've struggled to find a home for, now's the perfect time to get ruthless and clear the decks. Apply the 12 month rule and get rid of anything you haven't used in over a year. A few simple updates can make all the difference without requiring too much legwork. A fresh lick of paint is a cheap and easy way to revive shabby looking walls, instantly making your space feel cleaner. Other simple changes could include updating the duvet covers, replacing the lampshade or adding a rug.

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2. Freshen up

Damp is a real burden in the winter months, with the drop in temperature and rise in moisture turning some of our homes into a mould breeding ground. A humidifier should help zap up vapour and shut mildrew out. If you don't have a humidifier, ensure you leave windows open in places where condensation is likely i.e. in the kitchen or shower. To get rid of nasty smells, give your home a blast of fresh air by opening all windows over a set weekend. 

3. Add decorative touches

Along with Christmas decorations, small accessories can make all the difference when it comes to making your home feel warm and inviting over the festive period. Invest in candles, pine cones and fresh plants to transform your home into a cosy retreat that you and your guests will enjoy spending time in. Start preparations early to spread the cost.

4. Make room for festive food 

Christmas means lots of extra food to store. So empty your shelves, take stock of what you have ahead of holiday cooking, and get rid of anything that’s no longer in date. The same goes for the freezer – bin those leftovers you’re never going to use and dedicate a week to making meals with whatever’s left. This should leave you with plenty of space for festive food.

5. Keep your home toasty

Half the battle in the lead up to Christmas is trying to keep your house warm without blasting the heating out on full whack. Lock warmth in by:

  • Placing kitchen foil behind your radiators to reflect the heat back into different rooms
  • Keeping the curtains and blinds drawn to stop heat escaping through windows
  • Keeping the doors shut in each room to trap the heat
  • Leaving the oven door open after cooking so the hot air spreads through the house 

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For more tips on how to get your home guest-ready this season, check our article: 10 guest bedroom ideas to earn you some brownie points.