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Holiday Checklist

Updated: Apr 18, 2020

As you gear up for the Christmas parties and family comings and goings, here are a few ways you can prepare, decorate, and host hospitably and in an eco-friendlier manner:

-1. First, brush excess hair off of pets and toss it either outside for birds to add to their nests or in a garbage can (see the major culprit below).

Sad Christmas Pirate

-2. Tidy up with a soft-bristled broom and dustpan on your hardwood floors, reserving the vacuum for the carpets. Shake out doormats outside to lessen what gets tracked inside.

-3. Clean windows with a vinegar & water mixture in a recycled spray bottle and old newspaper to give the windows a crisp shine. Your houseplants will thank you.

-4. Give showers and baths a good scrub with baking soda and a stiff scrub brush. Rinse the baking soda down the drain and pour a little vinegar down the drain to freshen up the drain pipes.

-5. Line dry your guest's bedsheets and towels outside on nice days for super fresh sheets. Make the beds, set folded towels at the foot of the beds, and place a little mint or chocolate on the pillow for their arrival. Pile a few extra blankets either on the foot of the bed or in a visible space in their room in case they get chilly.

Airing Bedding on a Line

-6. Make sure there is spare toilet paper, soaps, toothbrushes, and toothpaste in their bathroom. (Check out for supplies. They're based in Chicago, so consolidate everything you want into one order to save a little on transportation - read into that carbon production.) Pick up toilet paper and toothbrushes from Trader Joe's. Whole Foods even has some beautiful store-brand shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate and paraben free, and that are wonderfully affordable. Set out a fresh bathmat.

-7. Snip fresh holly or pine (or some other seasonal green) from your yard and put it in a vase set out on the guestroom nightstand.

-8. Stock up on fair trade or locally roasted coffee for breakfast. (Trader Joe's again has quite good, fair trade, cheap coffee. Or pick up some local roast from a farmer's market, or at Whole Foods.)

-9. Make sure all of your cloth napkins are freshly laundered and ready to go. If you don't have any, puchase linen from Ikea for $7.99/yard, cut into 18" squares, fold over edges, stitch down, and - Voila!

Sewing Linen

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