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Getting your home ready for Christmas
The Christmas adverts are coming out thick and fast so it is probably start talking about Christmas. While it seems a long way off, now is the time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the festive season so that everything runs smoothly when the time arrives. Whether you have guest staying over or not now is a good time to think what House Preparation for Christmas is needed to avoid a last minute panic.
House Preparations for Christmas – Our tips
Get ready for your guests
If you are hosting your family this year you might want to think about how you going to put them up. For example do you have space for them to sleep? Perhaps your spare room is more of a dumping ground then a space to put up guests? Well now is the time to think about decluttering the space to make it a restful room for your guests to stay in. Spend time going through all those things you have put in your spare room and getting rid of all of those bits and pieces that you no longer need. This will give you the space you need to ensure you can host even the pickiest of guests.
However, if you don’t have time to do it yourself, as in the run up to Christmas things can get very busy, Hour Hands can assist with decluttering. We’ll take all the stress and hassle out of it for you; we’ll either recycle, give to charity or sell anything of value for you.
If you need extra space for your guests then why not look at investing in a sofa bed so you can easily turn your living room into a sleeping space. Now is the time to order a new sofa so you can ensure it is delivered in time for December. And if you don’t have time to wait in for your delivery, Hour Hands can even help with that.
Check your cooker and service your boiler
When you need to prepare such an important meal the last thing you want is for your kitchen to let you down. Therefore, why not get your cooker checked or you could even think about getting a new one fitted. That way you know that when you most need it you can be sure that everything will work as it should. At Hour Hands we can help you source the right tradesman for the job so you know that your kitchen is in safe hands and that on Christmas day the only thing for you to worry about is the turkey.
No one wants to wake up in a cold house on any winter day; but Christmas morning is probably the worst morning to find out your boiler has packed up! Now is the time to book in your yearly boiler check.
Stage your home
Now is also a good time to make sure your home is warm and cosy and most of all festive. You may not want to start putting up the christmas decorations and lights just yet but by investing in a few key pieces such as cushions and throws your home will feel warm and welcoming. Especially if you’re expecting a stream of guests as they’ll be very impressed by your cosy home.
If you want to get your home spruced up (sorry couldn’t resist) for the festive season, at Hour Hands we can take care of your House Preparation for Christmas. We will make sure it goes smoothly and stress free so that you can enjoy Christmas without the hassle.
Putting the home back into your house
They say that an Englishman’s home is his castle, but sometimes our houses can feel simply like a roof over your head. If your home feels cluttered and messy or you have jobs that need doing, but you simply don’t have the time to tackle them, your house can stop feeling like a home. That’s why at Hour Hands we have launched a new Home Improvement Service.
Whether you’re decluttering, updating
a room, getting ready to sell, or project managing building works we can help take some of the stress out of your home improvements. Thanks to our bespoke services we can ensure that your house is the home you want but without all the hassle. We can offer you a range of services to suit your needs.
One way that your home could feel less than homely is if it needs decluttering. If you feel that you are starting to feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have in your home it could be time to declutter.
We can all be guilty of holding on to things because we think they might come in handy or because we simply can’t get round to sorting and clearing them out. But decluttering can take time which often means we often don’t get round to doing it so end up living in a disorganised, chaotic home. Hour Hands Decluttering Service can help you regain valuable space and realise your home’s full potential. You don’t even need to worry about what happens to your unwanted things as we either recycle, sell anything of value or give it to charity. We’ll even suggest storage solutions for what’s left – making the whole process simple and pain free.
Home styling services
If it’s not clutter that is bothering you but simply your décor then we can help there too. Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes to take your home from drab to fab.Our Home Styling Services will help you restyle your home without hiring costly
interior designers. Whether you are
staging your home to sell, rent out or simply to live; our role is to pay attention to the little details that can make a big difference to your home.
Tradesmen Sourcing Service
Finding a tradesmen can be a time consuming process – from researching and finding the right firm, getting numerous quotes, waiting in for them to carry out the work and not to mention the organisation of the delivery of items needed for the project takes a lot of time to get jobs done in the house. However, at Hour Hands we can take away all this stress. We’ll even wait in for them so you don’t have to.
Moving House Services
According to research one of the most stressful things you can do is move house, in fact many people think it causes more anxiety then a relationship breakdown, divorce or even starting a new job. If you want to make your move a breeze we can take away the stress for you. With our Moving House Service we can help you find solicitors, surveyors, estate agents, financial advisors and removal companies. Using our list of contacts we can offer advice on who is best fit for the job in hand at the most affordable price. We’ll help you declutter, source tradespeople, stage your home for selling and we’ll even take care of the packing and unpacking so all you need to do is enjoy your new home and forget about the stress.
If you have lost someone close to you the last thing you want to worry about is how to go about selling their home. Our Probate Services can help executors through what can be a very emotional process. We can help organise possessions saving anything treasured and disposing of the rest. Also we can present the home for a fast and effective sale and even help you with the paperwork. Our approach offers a professional and sympathetic approach to at what can be a very difficult time.
With our new Home Improvement Service we can make sure your home is truly your castle. Why not get in touch to find out more? Contact@hourhands.co.uk
Easy World Book Day Costumes – A busy mum’s survival guide
Next week is World Book Day, and that means one thing – costumes. If you dread it or love it it’s good to be prepared. Here is a survival guide from Hour Hand’s own busy mum (who happens to also be allergic to sewing) and some ideas for easy World Book Day Costumes.
Dread and joy
Do costume days at school make you break out in cold sweat? Are memories of the last one coming back to haunt you… the frantic search in the dressing up box at midnight the day before and the knowledge that really everything in there is at least 2 sizes too small. The fact that a morning disintegrates into total chaos once the children can wear anything other than uniform. The battle with the child that hates dressing up and the debate with the one that wants a full theatre costume and face paint. And your husbands helpful comment “Waste of money” or “Just give it straight to charity”?
Yes been there, done that.
But despite all of this a little bit of us is still proud of the achievement in the end. A picture for the annual calendar – there is always one with a dressing up theme on there, isn’t there? It’s a great memory. The children (mostly) like it and it’s a fun day for them.
So let’s see how we can battle through this year’s World book day costume challenge with a smile on our face and without (or at least with less) sweat.
Let’s face it, like with all things in our busy lives, being preparation is the way to survive the juggle of work, household and children. World Book Day 2017 – 2nd of March. Stick it in the diary. Set a reminder 2 weeks and 1 week before. That means you can’t forget that it is coming up. Because we all know the kids will remind you the night before.. “Mum it’s world book day tomorrow and I want to dress up as Pippi Longstocking. Do we have a wig? “
Okay so it is a bit late for the 2 week reminder but there will be other days coming up in this year’s school calendar. Check it now, stick it in. If you are lucky and your school decides not to dress up you can delete it with a smile on your face.
Costumes – the survival guide
In my world there are three ways of dealing with the costume problem.
Borrow or Buy it – Outsource it – Use their normal clothes
Borrow or Buy it – if you have a active social media parents or school network check if you pick up a second hand outfit cheaply or borrow one. If that fails and you have missed the being prepared step the dressing up shop you drive past on your way to work is your next stop. And then there is Amazon Prime – I am a great user of next day deliveries, they have saved my bacon many times.
Outsource it – I am a huge fan of outsourcing (possibly the main reason I started a Concierge Service?!). I believe everyone should work to their strengths. If sewing costumes isn’t one of yours find someone else that enjoys it and is good at it. They earn some money, while you have a costume. Everyone is a winner. You might have a keen and able grandma around, even better and lucky you!
Easy Costumes: Use their normal clothes – I am reaching the pre-teen boys stage in my
house and dressing up is about as “embarrassing” and “uncool” as it gets (apart from mum dancing that is). So there we are (admittedly last night – nearly ticking the being prepared box) going through books (them) and goggle-ing (me) to find characters in books that wear every day clothes. Brilliant! Love it! Job done!
This also comes in handy if you have been caught out with the whole dressing up thing and are doing this the night before!
Easy World Book Day costumes:
Horrid Henry – Stripy jumper and jeans
Matilda – Red hair ribbon, (blue) dress, pile of books
Tom Gates – white t-shirt (if you have time let them draw on it) take the book.
Alex Rider (Stormbreaker) – black/dark jacket/hoody, white t-shirt, trainers. If they like hair gel, today is the day to let them loose with it. If you have/can find sunglasses, even better.
Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs – blue trousers red t-shirt and some dinosaurs
Ben (Gangsta Granny) – normal clothes, Bandit Eye mask (or paint it on with face paint if you have some)
Billionaire Boy – have you just been to a family wedding and bought your little one a suit? There you go – you can use it again!
Ratburger – Your child fancies the scruffy look. Perfect. Stripy t-shirt, old trousers/jeans, sunglasses if you have, scruffy hair.
Chloe in Mr. Stink – Stripy t-shirt, jeans, trainers, (red) cardigan/coat.
Pippi Longstocking, Annie, Ron Weasley or Tintin – all great if your child has ginger hair or you happen to have a ginger wig in the bottom of the dressing up box.
Mr. Men – Mr. Bump (Blue T-shirt and trousers and some bandage), Mr. Greedy (Pink clothes with a pillow under the T-shirt)
Bad mum – good mum
Does it make you a bad mum if you buy your costume or get someone else to make it. The answer it NO. Is it going to affect your children’s happiness and chances of success in later life? NO. So don’t let the pressure get to you.
If you are lucky enough and are talented and can turn your hand to sewing, be proud and enjoy it. If you have a bit of spare time or need a little bit of extra cash, let your friends know. They might be just delighted to have a saviour in their circle of friends.
Good Luck Mums and Dads and remember enjoy the photos and embrace the madness of the morning.