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Tips to Enjoy the Holidays in Your Home

With the holiday season in full swing, you might be hosting special events for family or friends in your new home. Decorating your home is a wonderful way to bring everyone together and make new memories. While decorating is definitely one of the best parts of this time of year, there are so many other ways to get into the spirit. Here are some tips for getting your home ready for the holidays.

Prepare Your Home

Keep your home’s cleanliness and your sanity intact by planning for all those extra guests. Stock your bathrooms with the necessary items and buy plenty of cleaning supplies and paper towels for the inevitable kitchen messes. Buy more food than you think you need and prep as much as you can ahead of time to reduce your stress. Don’t forget to make your WiFi password accessible to guests so they don’t have to ask for it!

Meet the Neighbors

If you haven’t already done so, take time to get to know your neighbors. Make a great first impression with a housewarming party, or simply introduce yourself as you drive around looking at holiday lights. You can really wow the neighborhood by creating a small holiday-themed gift to deliver right to their doorsteps.


Decorate some focal points that you know are eye-catching for visitors, like your front porch, entryway, kitchen, or staircase. Every room can have a touch of the holidays, but try not to overdo things. It might make sense to pick a color palette or theme to keep things cohesive. You want to keep a balance of festive fun and being able to still live in your new space.

Holiday Scents

Bring back childhood memories in your new home with the use of smell. Some winter scents like spruce, cinnamon, or cranberry will fill your home with a wonderful, natural fragrance that makes your home feel festive. Make your own holiday potpourri on the stovetop or in a slow cooker and enjoy that magical scent for hours!

Use That Fireplace

Immediately get in the holiday spirit by cozying up next to the fireplace. The mantle is usually a main focal point for decorations, and the combination of that with a roaring fire can’t be beaten. Just keep in mind where your stockings are hung and stay safe!

We hope you and your family have a memorable holiday season this year! Ready to start building your own custom dream home? Call Paul Gray Homes today at 316-990-0000!