Diwali is around the corner, and as we count down to our celebration of this year’s Festival of Lights, here are a few tips to help you prepare for a stress-free holiday.
1. Clean the Home
Start off your preparations with a tidy home. Feeling overwhelmed? Divide up your to-do list into small, manageable parts and tackle larger projects first, like organizing and decluttering, before moving on to cleaning each room.
You can even help manage the stress of preparing for guests by getting the whole family involved. Your kids will enjoy the “fun” cleaning tasks, like dusting surfaces and hunting down marks on the walls with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. By sharing the workload together, you’ll create an easy way to spend time together in the spirit of the holiday.
Whether you live in a cozy apartment or a larger home, your living space can be spruced up with a few minor details. Remember to pull back curtains and raise blinds to let in as much natural light as possible, and liven up couches and chairs with some decorative pillows. Consider creating easy tabletop centrepieces by floating diyas and rose petals in a bowl of water, as well as making a rangoli to adorn the foyer or floor of your living room. A few sprays of Febreze, scented candles or potpourri add the perfect finishing touch.
2. Prep the Meals
No Diwali is complete without sweets, of course. If you’re short on time, gulab jamun is always a favourite and can be made in less than an hour, and many varieties of laddoo can easily be prepared in around 30 minutes. More substantial dishes – such as aloo tikki, matar chole and kheer – can be made the day before to lighten the load on the day you’re expecting a houseful of guests.
And remember, everything does not need to be homemade. You can pick up a dry fruit box or a few trays of nuts for guests to snack on. These also make great host and hostess gifts, if you’ll be celebrating the holiday at someone else’s home this year.
Cleanup Tip: With so many houseguests at your Diwali celebration, there’s bound to be a spill or two. Make cleaning up a breeze with Bounty DuraTowel, 3x cleaner and more durable than a dishcloth or sponge!
3. Dress the Part
Most importantly, don’t forget to take time for yourself! There’s no rule that says dressing in your finest has to be uncomfortable, so make sure to choose an outfit that allows you to comfortably enjoy the company of friends and family.
If you’ll be hosting or spending a significant amount of time preparing food, consider wearing your hair off your face, in an updo or braid. No matter which style you choose, try Pantene Airspray Flexible Hold Hairspray to tame any flyaways or frizz while adding a smooth, controlled finish.
What are your tricks for making Diwali prep simple? Let us know in the comments below.