Pre-Christmas Day Jobs

December is busy. Whether you’re hosting Christmas or preparing for a well-earned summer break, if your home is prepared for the revelry in advance of December 1, you’re on track for a stress free festive season. Lets get five areas around your home sorted before the herald angels hark and we deck the halls!

1. Prepare Your Spare Room

Are you having houseguests this festive season? Then there’s a good chance your spare room may need some TLC. Creating space for your friends and family is essential but sometimes it’s a problem working out where to “hide” the things that have been taking residence! Sneaky storage is the answer. Look for opportunities under the bed, behind the door and in the wardrobe. Here are a few of our favourites:

Easi Store Underbed Shoe Box: This has divided compartments for 6 pairs of shoes, has a locking lid and wheels (for easy access!).

Easi Store Underbed Box: This is ideal for storing toys, linen and more. It too has a locking lid and wheels and it’s also stackable.

Create wardrobe space by using space bags to store your extra clothing so your guests can unpack their bags and settle in during their stay. Don’t forget to place a few extra hangers in the wardrobe!

Over-door hooks: They’re quick and easy to install and will help utilise the space behind the door. Or hang your guest robes here!

Add a few personal touches such as a small mirror, magazines and a vase of fresh flowers to the bedside table.

2.  Get Gadget Ready!

The kitchen. It’s one of those rooms that people tend to hang around in, especially at Christmas! Improving its efficiency is key, particularly at this time of year. A few simple additions will help you maintain control during this busy festive season. So, if you want to save time, reduce waste and well, make life a little simpler, prep and serve with these nifty products. They’ll be the envy of all your relatives!

Prepara Chef’s Basting Set – Dip & Go – eliminates messy spills and keeps your oil clean when basting

Apple Peeler & Corer – Use this clever gadget to create Slinky Rosemary Roast Potatoes! Check out the recipe here.

Drinks Dispensers keep your guests happy and more importantly – out of the kitchen! These are a Christmas special addition to the Howards range and you’ll find some nice recipes here too.

3. Prepare Your Fridge

Next stop? The fridge. Most are filled with extra food and drink on Christmas Day so it’s imperative that items are easy to access and the space within your fridge is used to its full potential. Take stock of what’s inside your fridge and get organised with these simple solutions:

Marie Fridge Baskets: Group food and maximise space with these large and small helpers.

Amalie Pullout Organiser: Clear, easily accessible and great for grouping foods.

Keep Fresh: Keep your veggies fresh longer! Innovative cartridge that absorbs ethylene gas that is the natural hormone that promotes ripening.

With so much extra food around at this time of year, you’re likely to need a few additional quality containers for leftovers! We recommend:

Vacseal containers not only have a lovely airtight seal, but they have an inbuilt vacuum so you can remove air thus helping your food to stay fresh longer.

Rosti Cheese Storer

The Rosti Cheese storer features a removable anti-condensation plate for increased ventilation and an airtight seal, extending the life of your cheese.

A fresh Ham Bag is a nice way to get prepared for Christmas. Just remember to rinse it every couple of days and it will keep your ham up to 2 weeks!

4.  Prepare your Pantry

Pre- Christmas is a good time to give your Pantry a good sort out to get it organised again and ready for Christmas entertaining.

Remember with your pantry, visibility, accessibility and clever containers are key to effective organisation. Group similar items together and create various ‘zones’ within your pantry using bulk food storage containers, shelf organisers and wire baskets. This will allow you to better identify the item you’re after and maximise space (including the back of the pantry where items often disappear!).

Top 3 Pantry Must Haves:

Aamina Storers are a top storer as they are easy to handle, have a soft plastic lid and they come in 2 stackable sizes. Made from food safe plastic – a few of these in your pantry will soon sort things out!

An Expanding Shelf Organiser can make a big difference to the how you manage your bottles and jars. One of these will ensure you won’t end up with 4 bottles of cranberry sauce hidden at the back of the shelf.

Need to claim extra space? These Mimi Separator containers keep items grouped and help you use the “air space” on your shelf with their high sides. Use these in every cupboard in your house as they are an organising must!

Need to claim extra space? These Mimi Separator containers keep items grouped and help you use the “air space” on your shelf with their high sides. Use these in every cupboard in your house as they are an organising must!

5. Prepare Your Bathroom

Whether you’re having guests to stay this holiday season or you’re having people around for Christmas lunch, rest assured, your bathroom will be used! A little organisation will go a long way so turn your bathroom from drab to wow with a few special touches that are sure to impress guests.

Invest in an attractive Bathroom Set including a new toilet brush, a nice new Makeup Mirror and an Aquala Bath Bridge. Oh so simple, yet very effective.

With all these simple solutions in place in the Bathroom, Pantry, Kitchen Gadgets and Spare Room, all that’s left to do is enjoy a wonderful Christmas with friends and family.

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