4 Ways to Prep Your Franklin Home for the Holidays
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just one month away? That’s right! This of course means that there’s likely plenty of hosting and entertaining in your future. Wondering how to best prepare your home for the upcoming season? Here are just four of the many ways that you can prep your Franklin home for the upcoming holidays.
1. Ensure you have all of the hosting essentials.
When you’re prepping your Franklin home for the holiday season and expecting a lot of guests, you want to ensure that you have all of the essentials to be a great host. This means you should stock your supply closets with essentials including toiletries from toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap to spare toothbrushes and toothpaste for your overnight guests. For your kitchen pantry, you might want to have extra coffee and tea on hand as well as snacks for the little ones visiting, too.
2. Organize your guest room.
If you’re like the average person, your guest room has likely taken a beating since the last time you hosted a guest. Instead of a neatly arranged and organized room, perhaps it’s now more of a makeshift storage room for decor you’ve been meaning to put away, stacks of old bills you’ve been meaning to file and more. To be ahead of the game before family and friends stay overnight during the holidays, ensure the guest room of your Franklin home is in tip-top shape. Wash all of the linens from the pillowcases to the comforter. You might even add some decorative pillows and a few extra blankets in the room for the more brisk evenings. You also want to optimize the comfort of this room. Empty the nightstands and drawers, then create a space in the closet for your guests to hang and store their belongings. If you live on a busier street, you might invest in a white noise machine or noise-cancelling drapes to optimize the comfort of your guest room further.
3. Test your appliances—both small and large.
The worst is having one of your major (or minor) appliances go out on you days or even hours before you need them. This is why it’s crucial to inspect your Franklin home, even it that means hiring professionals to perform a routine check if necessary. For your HVAC or generator, you certainly want a professional to inspect and ensure that these are working properly, especially if you’re expecting the temperatures to drop significantly. For the more minor appliance checkup, ask yourself a few questions to get you started:
- How is your crockpot performing?
- Do you have all of the pieces for your standing mixer?
- Have you recently cleaned our or serviced your vacuum for those impending spills likely to occur over the holidays?
Knowing the answers to these questions ahead of time will save you from having to worry about these appliances breaking when you need them the most.
4. Childproof your Franklin home.
Even if you have your own children, it never hurts to brush up on ways to childproof your Franklin home to prevent any accidents and to ensure the safety of your kids and your guests’ kids. First, examine all of your countertops and tabletops from your coffee table to your dining room table. Are there small knick knacks sprawled out? It’s best to put these away in a safe place in order to prevent a small child from taking them and swallowing them. When it comes to your fireplace, make sure that you have a heat-proof gate to prevent children from entering. Installing locks on most areas from your kitchen cabinets to any drawers is recommended as well. Lastly, it’s highly recommended to purchase a few affordable gates to place between rooms to keep children in certain areas and away from stairs.