Summer is over, school has started and we are trying to get back into the swing of things. With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought I would share a few simple tips that will turn your house from “eh” to “ooh”. These tips, applied in your own personal way, can really bring out the holiday cheer and allow you to enjoy the holidays and the freshness of your home.
#1: Freshen Up Flower Beds
Do you have mulch in your flower beds? It is amazing what fresh mulch can do! It wasn’t until recently that I realized how reasonable mulch is! My favorite is the Red Mulch. At Home Depot, it is only $2.15 a bag! You probably won’t need that many bags, unless you have a gigantic yard. For our flower beds that trail the front of our house, we used a total of 5 bags and spent less than $11! Definitely reasonable and worth it. Mulch, although it lasts a while, can sometimes need a little “refreshing” especially if you chose a colored mulch like red. One thing my husband pointed out, you want to frame your flower beds with either stones, brick or fence so the mulch will not wash away into the yard.
(Lesson learned on that one.)
#2: Buy New Candles
I recently wrote a post on the best candles for the season. By purchasing a new candle, the scents that you have become accustomed to will be replaced with fresh new smells. It is a wonderful way to freshen up your house.
#3: Pillows & Throws
Swapping out the colorful, summer throws & pillows for seasonal, earthy colors is a great way to prepare for the holidays. Do you have a specific color that you use for the holiday? If you want to avoid patterns such as plaid, you can opt for simple solid colors.
#4: Seasonal Cleaning Supplies
This may sound silly but companies such as Mrs Meyers come out with seasonal scents. My favorite is Orange Clove. They also have an Iowa Pine scent that is perfect for Christmas time! Swapping out your regular smells for seasonal smells is a great way to freshen up for the holidays, while cleaning!
#5: A Few Pumpkins
A few pumpkins here and there, are a great way to freshen up for the holidays. I went out and bought an adorable “cinderella” pumpkin and placed it in the center of my table. It is flat and wide, great centerpiece! Pumpkins placed in various spots is a cute way to prepare your house for the holidays.