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 Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Between buying presents, decorating, and hosting holiday get-togethers, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be a stressful time for anyone.  This year, jump-start your holiday plans by getting your home in tip-top shape.  Youll have less stress and a home that youll be proud to entertain your holiday guests.

Touch Up Walls and Baseboards

Marks or scratches on your walls, baseboards or chair rails can detract from your beautifully decorated home. However, that doesnt mean you need to paint or stain your entire roomquick touch-ups can do the trick. 
First, caulk around baseboards, windows and doorframes with an easy-to-use latex caulk, such as Polyseamseal All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk (www.polyseamseal.com) to seal any unsightly gaps or to create a straight, clean line between the paint and trim boards.  Also caulk any cracks that may appear on walls and corners for a cleaner appearance.  Not only does the caulking make the room look cleaner, but it will help to keep drafts out and keep your quests warmer. Finally, for scratches or holes on wood surfaces, try PL® FI:X Touch Up Stiks® (www.stickwithPL.com).  Choose a matching color and then rub the crayon-like Stik into the scratch or hole.  It will fill the cavity and look brand new.

Tidy Up Tree Trimmings

No matter how carefully you pack away holiday ornaments and decorations, it never fails that something gets brokenespecially delicate tree ornaments.  To be sure that your tree trimming is a joyous affair, check and repair your tree decorations ahead of time.  Be prepared with products, such as Loctite Super Glue Control Gel (www.loctiteproducts.com) to fix any cracks, nicks and chips that may have occurred in storage.  Additionally, be sure to have plenty of additional ornament hangers to replace any that fell off or broke in your storage boxes. 

Clean and Prepare Guest Rooms

Does your guest bedroom double as the ironing or extra storage room?  Before your family and friends arrive, make sure your guest room is in top shape to make your guests feel welcome.  To start, change the linens and make sure you have extra towels to provide your guests.  Next, check that all the light bulbs are working.  When replacing any bulbs, you may want to swap your incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient compact-fluorescent bulbs (www.tcpi.com). Finally, make sure that you clean closet or drawer space so that your guests have a place to keep their things.

Create a Polished Image

When the holiday parties finally arrive and your home is in tip-top shape, be sure that you continue your polished image with your serving ware.  After a year in storage, your silver serving platters or teakettles will most likely be tarnished.  Cleaning the unsightly tarnish is simple with easy-to-use metal cleaners, but they often have a very potent smell.  So, be sure to clean your silver well before the guests arrive. 

The holidays can be a busy and stressful time, but with a bit of preparation your holiday will be a bit merrier!
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