Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful, especially if you’re the one hosting. Start planning and preparing your home for guests weeks in advance. Here are 10 tips to get your home ready for the holidays.

1. Create a Cleaning Checklist

Let’s face it, holiday cleaning can be a real struggle. Stay on track this year by creating a cleaning to-do-list. Complete larger projects first like deep cleaning windows, vents, and carpets. Followed by smaller projects like dusting, vacuuming, mopping floors, and wiping down countertops.

2. Spruce Up Your Entrance

Welcome guests for the holidays with a festive front porch. Spruce up your entrance with a fresh coat of paint, fall flowers, and seasonal decor.

Fall Photo Credit: Mhuett (iStock).

Photo Credit: Mhuett (iStock).

3. Upgrade Your Kitchen

If you want to make small upgrades to your kitchen before holiday guests arrive now is the time. Consider remodeling projects that involve either the kitchen or bathrooms for added home value. Keep in mind, contractors and remodeling companies tend to book out quickly around the holidays.

4. Shop Ahead of Time

Don’t find yourself scrambling the last minute to gather everything you need from the store. Shop one week in advance to avoid forgetting anything on your list. Not to mention, you’ll be much more prepared for when holiday guests arrive.

Shopping Photo Credit: Steve Debenport (iStock).

Photo Credit: Steve Debenport (iStock).

5. Clean Out The Fridge

Don’t be embarrassed by an untidy refrigerator. Before guests arrive, throw away expired food items and clean your refrigerator. Make room for appetizers, drinks, desserts, and plenty of holiday leftovers.

6. Prep Holiday Dishes

Forget waiting till the very last minute to bake all of your holiday dishes. Prepare casseroles, desserts, and other dishes one day before guests are expected to arrive. You can also freeze cookie dough and desserts for baking months ahead of time. Advance preparation makes for a stress-free holiday.

Baking Cookies Photo Credit: MmeEmil (iStock).

Photo Credit: MmeEmil (iStock).

7. Set The Table

Get your home ready for holiday entertaining by setting the table the night before. This way you won’t be rushed the day of and you’ll have more time to greet holiday guests as they arrive.

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8. Spread Holiday Cheer

Get into the spirit of the holidays by filling your home up with seasonal decor. Create a festive look by decorating the entire house including the entryway, living room, kitchen, dining area, and even bathrooms.

Fall Decor Photo Credit: CatLane (iStock).

Photo Credit: CatLane (iStock).

9. Clean Bathrooms

Get your home ready for guests by deep-cleaning your bathrooms. Start by wiping down all of the surfaces including sinks, mirrors, and floors. A tidy bathroom that’s well stocked with toilet paper and fresh towels will make guests feel more comfortable in your home.

10. Create More Space

Rearrange furniture in living and dining areas to maximize space for holiday gatherings. In addition to freeing up space, keep a few foldable chairs on hand for extra seating.

Enjoy a stress-free holiday with these 10 ways to get your home holiday-ready.