7 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home Before Thanksgiving

For many, the holiday season means cozy evenings by the fire, time spent with loved ones, and lots of good food. But if you’re planning to host guests for Thanksgiving dinner or even the long weekend, your relaxing holiday time can quickly become stressful.

Taking the time to refresh your home before the holidays can relieve some of the pressure of hosting, allowing you to better focus on what’s important: family, friends, and food. At Empire Today®, we’re here to make your life a little bit easier with these easy updates you can make around the house before the festivities begin.

1. Dress Up Your Front Door

Add a fall- or Thanksgiving-themed welcome mat to the front entry of your home to set a holiday tone right off the bat. Accent the changing fall colors by adding a seasonal wreath to the door and brightly hued mums on the porch or steps. This is the first impression your guests will get as they arrive to your home, so make it count!

2. Bring Seasonal Scents Inside

A certain smell can instantly evoke a fond holiday memory or a comfy fall vibe. Use it to create a pleasant and cozy atmosphere in your home for when guests arrive. Fall-scented candles, soaps, and lotions in the kitchen, bathrooms, and guest rooms can all make your home feel extra-inviting with seasonal scents like spiced cider, pumpkin, and apple cinnamon.

3. Swap Out Family Photos

Visitors will enjoy seeing photos of what your family has been up to the past year, especially if they haven’t seen you in a while! Print out recent photos and switch out your existing frames for seasonal ones, or try creating a new gallery wall of photos in one of your common rooms. Try incorporating different-sized frames or using both color and black and white pictures to create an interesting visual display.

4. Add Autumn Accents

Add seasonal hand towels in the kitchen and bathrooms. Spice up your dining room with fall-themed tablecloths, placemats, and seat cushions, and update your duvets and throw pillows with warm plaid patterns that double as festive Thanksgiving décor. Paired with the nostalgic seasonal scents mentioned before, these accents help transform your home with a totally different look and feel, perfect for the cooler weather.

5. Cozy Up Guest Spaces

While you’re at it, make your overnight guests feel at home with soft flannel sheets and a heavy knit throw draped at the foot of the bed. You can also add comfy, soft blankets to the sofa and chairs for chilly nights playing board games or sitting around the fireplace. For an extra “bed and breakfast” feel, add a tray in your guest room with coffee mugs and hot chocolate or spiced tea.

6. See What You Can Find at the Farmer’s Market

Visit your local farmer’s market to pick up fall bouquets, pumpkins, gourds, squashes, and other seasonal items to display outside and around your home. Farmer’s markets are also an excellent place to grab fresh, seasonal produce for holiday baked goods or meals. Butternut, buttercup, acorn squash… there are so many seasonal produce items to choose from! And if you run out of time to make them into something delicious, just display them on your table or mantel atop a fall-colored tablecloth and some brightly hued leaves, pine cones, or acorns gathered from outside.

7. Give Your Flooring a Much-Needed Update

With all these fun fall ideas, your home is sure to look great this Thanksgiving. But if your floors are far from holiday-ready, let us help. Before guests arrive and the craziness of the holidays begins, get beautiful new floors that you’ll be proud to show off to guests and loved ones.

Hardwood floors in the dining room give a timeless look, or opt for plush carpet in your family or living room for a comfy feel. Or get a wood look in your kitchen with vinyl plank or waterproof laminate that’s safe for the inevitable kitchen moisture and spills. What’s even better? Right now, depending on where you live, you may be able to get the new floors you want by Thanksgiving! 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 Thanksgiving. 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.

Imagine this: with your floors taken care of and your home ready to impress with cute fall accents and décor, you can finally kick back and relax. Have everyone bring a dish to share for the Thanksgiving meal, and you won’t have as much meal prep for the big day! From here, you just have to worry about enjoying the holiday with delicious food, making memories with loved ones, and enjoying all of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. I don’t know about you, but to us, that sounds like a day well spent.

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