Winter is here! This time of year can be especially busy with the holidays, but your home still needs to be a priority. We have compiled some helpful tips to make sure your home looks great and keeps you safe this season!

Break Out Festive Decorations

Now’s the time to dust off your Christmas decorations and get your holiday displays set up. Whether you prefer a traditional look or something more creative, there are so many ways to decorate your home this time of year. 

Of course a classic Christmas tree setup will make your living room look inviting. Consider adding soft furnishings in deep greens, reds, or blues to give your spaces a cheerful winter atmosphere. Decorative curtains, throw pillows, and blankets themed for the season can give a special touch to your living room, den, or bedrooms.

Make your front door welcoming with a wreath! Over-the-door wreath hooks make hanging them up simple. Consider putting out a doormat with a Christmas design or phrase on it. Poinsettias are a beautiful plant to decorate your doorstep with this time of year.

Don’t forget about your bathrooms while setting up your Christmas decorations. Set out seasonal hand towels with festive designs. Really impress your guests by providing seasonally scented hand soap in your bathrooms. There are so many recognizable scents this time of year from pine to cinnamon that you could select. If you are looking to stand out as an incredible host, consider leaving out hand lotion in a matching scent that your guests can use. The colder weather (yes, even in Florida) could be making everyone’s skin drier.

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so it is likely to see a lot of activity during the holiday season! A great way to set the mood is by setting up a stovetop potpourri to make your kitchen smell incredible.

When it comes to setting up Christmas lights, there are a lot of creative options! In the next section we will cover how to safely set up exterior Christmas decorations.

Stay Safe While Sprucing Up

If you want to get the outside of your home ready for Santa’s arrival, it’s important to do so safely! The twinkles of Christmas lights are always some of the most beautiful sights this time of year. The last thing you want to damper that beauty with is a hazard or injury.

Before climbing up to hang Christmas lights, ensure that your ladder is secured. If it is possible, have a friend or family member with you for additional safety. While you are up there, clean out your gutters! Don’t let leaves or debris become a fire hazard.

Check your strands of lights for burned out bulbs or frayed wires before you start hanging them up. Use surge protectors to reduce the risk of electrical fire. 

To avoid damage to your roof, only use Christmas light hooks to hang up your lights. Nails or staples c