Create a welcoming living room in the countdown to Christmas

Create a welcoming living room in the countdown to Christmas

It’s time to brace the main room of the house for the annual festive family invasion! Here’s how to do it like a pro hostess.

It’s time to brace the main room of the house for the annual festive family invasion! Here’s how to do it like a pro hostess.

Now that you’re used to it just being the two of you, the battering your house takes around Christmas time as the family descends in their droves becomes especially noticeable.

The living room inevitably becomes the focal point of the celebrations and you want it to look its best and most welcoming. So if you concentrate your efforts here and start the preparations early, you’re sure to enjoy a more relaxing festive period – and a less overwhelming clean-up after the madness…

Two weeks to go

Look down and assess your floors. If your carpets are looking a bit on the brown side (and they’re meant to be cream), it may be time to call in the professionals or hire a carpet-cleaning machine.

If they are in a reasonable condition, try spot stain removal. Dissolve two tablespoons of salt in 130ml of white vinegar, rub the mix into any light stains and leave to dry, then vacuum. For tougher patches, make a paste with one tablespoon of corn starch and one tablespoon of vinegar. Rub into the stain and leave for two days, then vacuum.

If you have pets, use Febreze Pet Odour Eliminator Spray to keep carpets and fabrics smelling fresh.

One week to go

Take down the curtains or blinds and give them a wash. Depending on the fabric, this may be something you can do at home or they may need specialist cleaning.

Take all the books and ornaments off the shelves and clean in the corners. This is also a good opportunity to de-clutter – take any old books or knickknacks that don't bring you joy and donate them to a charity shop to make your living room feel more spacious.

One day to go

In addition to your usual polish and hoover, take a look at the walls. You’ll probably notice scuffs and fingerprints – particularly around the skirting and light switches.

Grab a Flash Magic Eraser and work systematically around the room, spot cleaning any marks with the Magic Eraser, which will remove the mark but not the paint.

Also think about seating. Bring chairs in from other rooms and some extra cushions for anyone who ends up on the floor.

If the kids are sleeping over, dig out your old pop-up tent so they can, quite literally, camp out in the living room. This will keep them happy even when all the Christmas excitement is over.

The morning everyone arrives

Infuse your room with the scent of Christmas. Put out some bowls piled with clementines, and others with a mix of pinecones and cinnamon sticks. And use Ambi Pur 3Volution in vanilla bouquet to keep the room smelling inviting all season long.

How do you welcome guests into your home at Christmas? Let us know your ideas in the comments section below.

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Win

23/12/2017

I should love to win a laundry bundle please. Roast turkey , and wood smoke

Luscious Xmas smells

22/12/2017

Bacon cooking for butties and a glass of bucks fizz

Spicy Christmas

cornerofsilence 22/12/2017

The thing I like best about Christmas is all the rich smells. Cinnamon sticks, mince pies, the smell of brandy on the Christmas pudding. Mulled wine and gammon ham.

The lovely smell of christmas

Fabulous 24/11/2017

I love the spicy smell of xmas to be in my home and for it to be warm and cosy to welcome guests, also a glass of mulled wine waiting.

Happy holidays

Carol 24/11/2017

Nice glass of champagne to welcome them all.

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