6 Simple Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and while long to-do lists, holiday shopping, decorating, and planning might seem daunting over the coming months, it’s important to take a step back and enjoy this magical time of year. Whether you’re already in the spirit and ready to take on the holidays, or somewhat dreading the seasonal to-do’s, Empire Today® is here to help.

We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks for surviving the holidays to help make the season a little easier and allow you more time to enjoy with the ones you love.

1. Do Your Holiday Shopping Online

These days almost anything can be ordered online—from gifts to decorations and even services for your home. You’re only a click away from avoiding traffic and busy stores while you prep for the holidays. With so many online shopping sites available, you can shop from your couch and not waste time leaving home. Start your online shopping early to avoid rush shipping charges and ensure what you need is in stock, and you’ll be finished with your holiday shopping in no time.

2. Simplify Your Holiday Décor

There’s no need to spend a fortune on expensive holiday décor. Check out DIY hacks on Pinterest and get creative with items in your yard like tree branches and pinecones, using natural elements to bring a festive but simple vibe into your home. A little greenery and garland can also go a long way, wrapped around a bannister or on a fireplace mantel, it’s the perfect touch you need to bring holiday cheer to your home. Add a wreath to your door and perhaps a holiday welcome mat, and voila—you’ll have the perfect décor to make your home feel merry and bright. And if you really want to plan ahead, hit up the clearance sections in-stores or online after the holidays. That way, you’ll have all your décor ready for the next year!

3. Use Meal Delivery Services and Prepared Foods

Between your already hectic lifestyle plus the added holiday events, your schedule can book up fast, leaving little time for necessary errands like grocery shopping and cooking. Luckily, there are plenty of companies and stores that’ll do the work for you, making mealtimes less chaotic. They provide the ingredients you need to assemble a meal yourself or prepare ready-to-eat meals delivered right to your door. Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or need a few quick weeknight meals in a pinch, consider meal services or prepared foods to take a load off your plate.

4. Get Help with Cleaning

Consider hiring some help to get your home holiday ready. If paying someone to help clean your home isn’t a luxury you invest in regularly (or, ever!), it can be worth it to provide some ease of mind before guests arrive. It’s one less thing on your to-do list while you relax and let the professionals do their thing. Treat yourself to a clean home—or even just a certain area that gets a lot of use, like the kitchen or living room.

5. Treat Yourself to Some Self Care

When the holiday stress gets to you, go for a walk, get a massage, play with your furry friends, call a friend, or meet up with a loved one for coffee or a meal. A little bit of self-care throughout this hectic time of year can make all the difference and help you to stress less. While the season of giving may be filled with gift-wrapping, hosting, cooking, and more, it’s important to take care of yourself and find the simple joys that make the holiday season so special.

6. Let Empire® Update Your Floors

Need new flooring installed before hosting family and friends this holiday season? Let us take care of it. Empire will come to your house for a stress-free in-home consultation. A flooring professional will walk you through your options and show you the flooring types best for your lifestyle and home. Once you choose your flooring, you can sit back and relax while Empire gets your new floors installed—possibly even in time for Christmas*. Convenience at its finest!

At the end of the day, the holidays are what you make them, and we hope you can make this time of year special for yourself and your family. Take some time to unwind and enjoy your favorite holiday meal or cocktail with the extra time you gain from following these quick tips. And don’t forget, Empire is always here to put your mind at ease when it comes time to update the flooring in your home and get your floors looking holiday ready. Happy Holidays!

*Right now, depending on where you live, you may be able to get the new in-stock floors you want by Christmas! Choose from hundreds of in-stock styles of carpet, hardwood, laminate, or vinyl plank to find the perfect fit for your home, and get them installed by Christmas. Now’s the time—schedule a FREE In-Home Estimate to talk to a flooring professional who can help you find the floor that’s just right for your home.
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