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12 days to get ready for Christmas!
Dec 13th, 2016 1:49 pm     A+ | a-
Crikey! It's 13th December already, where does the time go? The big day will be here before you know it, so we've spoken to the team and found out their best tips for getting your home ready for Christmas.

1. CHUCK OUT ALL YOUR OLD DECORATIONS
Have you got broken baubles, tired tinsel or failed fairy lights in your decorations box? Chuck 'em out! if you're not using them this year, you won't use them next year.



2. CLEAR OUT YOUR FREEZER
If you're thinking of making Xmas food in advance and freezing it til the big day, now is the time to make some room. Throw out anything that's been in there longer than a few months. Anything else, get it cooked and eaten over the next 12 days, you'll make room in your freezer AND save money on shopping.



3. GET SOME FOOD SHOPPING OUT OF THE WAY.
Don't leave all the food and drink shopping til Christmas Eve, get it done over the next couple of weeks. Stock up on booze and store it in your garage or garden. Buy non-perishables like biscuits, cakes and treats and put them away for the big day. You could even buy a few extra treats and donate them to your local food bank.



4. DO SOME PAPER RECYCLING
Lots of paper comes through your door at this time of year. Everything from Christmas Cards to Catalogues land on your doorstep. Don't let them pile up. Open cards, recycle the envelopes, look through catalogues, then recycle. Oh and don't for get to recycle your cards after Christmas.



5. CREATE A GIFT-WRAPPING STATION
Find a corner of your house with a flat surface and store all your wrapping paraphernalia there. That way you can wrap as you go, save yourself the hassle of doing it all at the last minute.



6. CLEAR OUT OLD CLOTHES & SHOES
Christmas is a great time to have a clear out. Go through your wardrobes and get rid of anything you haven't worn in the last 12 months. Bag it up and donate it to a charity shop. You'll be doing a good deed and making room for some January sale bargains!



7. CLEAR OUT OLD TOYS
As above, but get the kids to help out. Tell them to make room for new toys from Father Christmas, encourage them to donate their old toys to a charity shop or local children's centre. 



8. OPEN THE WINDOWS
Air the house. When it's cold outside it's tempting to keep windows and doors closed to conserve the heat. Remember to open them for a few minutes every day. Your house will feel fresher and cleaner, and you'll have more energy.



9. GET ON TOP OF BEDDING AND TOWELS
Christmas is the one time of the year when it's inevitable that extra house guests will be dropping in. Take some time now to wash all of your guest linen and towels, get it folded and ready for visitors. This will give you more time to spend with your guests when they arrive.



10.CLEAN THE OVEN
Let's face it, your oven is going to be put through its paces in a couple of weeks time, why not give it a clean now? You'll thank yourself on the big day when you're putting the turkey in!



11. CREATE A DRINKS STATION.
Get all your favourite Christmas tipples in one place, preferably in the sitting room so you can offer drinks to guests without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. 

12. MAKE SPACE IN YOUR KITCHEN
Clear surfaces as much as you can - you'll welcome the additional space on the big day!



What are your best tips to get ready for Christmas? We'd love to hear them.
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