I told you at Thanksgiving that we generally host the family holiday meals at our house. I like having everyone over and it helps that everyone does a little. It really goes a long way! This year is going to be a little more crazy because our school system seems to be in session longer than most years. So, I will be spending more time working and less time planning. Here are my quick tips for keeping things simple and fun this Christmas!
- Have everyone pitch in. It really does help to have everyone volunteer to bring a piece of the food puzzle. If you are the perfectionist type you may have to just let it go a little!
- Consider ready made items. While I love the idea of homemade more than anyone, sometimes you really need to prioritize and pick a few items that you don’t mind buying either frozen or from a local restaurant.
- Make ahead. There are so many items you can make ahead of time and freeze that could really save a ton of time.
- DIY. Of course, DIY means more work in the beginning, but there are ways to create items that work for you now that can easily work for you later. For instance, I created a yarn wreath that uses Bobbi pins in order to change up the flowers and adornments to fit the seasons.
- Simple Store Bought. Finding the perfect table settings can be fun, easy and cheap if you look in the right places! Many stores are already starting to clearance out their Christmas items so start looking.
- Quick sorting. Stay on top of cleaning by having several laundry baskets available. You can give one to each kid and make sure they fill them up at the end of each day and put the items back where they belong.
- Dishes. I really have no great tips on how to stay on top of dishes other than to just do them as they come! When they pile up in the sink you can often feel overwhelmed and less likely to do them leading to a chain effect.
- Laundry. While I have no simple solution to folding laundry, I do have a few tips for keeping laundry simple. One of the things I like to do is keep the washing machine available. We love our Whirlpool Duet because there are many options to keep things simple. I place dirty laundry into the washing machine and then turn it onto a wash using FanFresh once it is full. FanFresh will run a continuous fan so that the laundry stays fresh even if I forget or run out of time to transfer it to the dryer. Of course, I do not put items in that are super fancy or may stain. I try to keep items alike and it generally ends up working out well. I keep a hamper nearby for items that need to be washed separately.
- Touch-ups. Have a Christmas party to get to quick? I like to use the Whirlpool Duet Dryer on the Enhanced Touch Up mode in order to steam my clothes in just a few minutes! Way better than using an iron (says the girl who doesn’t iron).
- Stains. Stains are easily handled by keeping a stain fighting spray nearby and tossing the soiled item into the wash immediately with the other items and washing. My other stain fighter is the Whirlpool Duet which actually has an app that allows me to find the type of stain I have and the best method of washing. It is nice having the answer right there at my finger tips and saves a ton of time.
What are your quick tips for getting your home ready for the holiday meals and guests?
I wrote this review while participating in a Blog Tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Whirlpool. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.