As a child, it seemed like the time between the beginning of the school year and the holidays was an eternity. The days, weeks, and months seemed to drag on endlessly as you waited with anticipation for the holidays to finally arrive. Fast forward 20 years. Now an adult, you’ve come to the realization that once the school year starts, the holidays come and go at warp speed. Whoosh, Happy New Year! If you enjoy the holidays and all the trimmings associated with them, this change in perspective begs the question, “How soon should you start decorating for the holidays?” Well, if you revel in the holiday spirit and enjoy putting your spirit on display, we have some good news. You can start getting your holiday boxes down from the attic or bring them up from the basement because decorating for the holidays can begin in early November.

Decorating Before Thanksgiving

For many people, Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season. However, if you’re one of the many people who really get into decorating for the holidays, you’re probably anxious to get some decorations up sooner to maximize the enjoyment. However, putting decorations up too early means you run the risk of being labeled a holiday fanatic (is that a bad thing?). There are ways you can start decorating without going into full-blown holiday mode. Using clear lights instead of the more traditional multicolored lights can help you make a subtle transition into the holiday season. You can start decorating with clear lights on both the interior and exterior of your home. Hanging some clear lights from your gutters and around windows can set a festive mood without screaming, “the holidays are here!” Depending on the tone you want to set, you can start with a few strands and continue to add more as the holidays get closer, or you can put them all up at once and add more colorful lights later. By the time the holidays do arrive, you’ll have a dazzling light display your family, friends, and neighbors can enjoy.     

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Holiday-Neutral Decorations

You can take the same approach you used for putting up holiday lights and apply it to your decorations. Decorating can start in early fall with some pumpkins, a wreath or two, and fall colors throughout your home (think browns, orange, yellow, and red). A splash of fall colors throughout your home can really set a festive fall mood and serve as a reminder that the holidays are approaching. If you live in a cold climate, gathering some colorful leaves and a few pinecones and placing them around a pumpkin makes a great centerpiece for your fall table. As the holidays get closer, you can follow the seasonal pattern and transition from fall colors into more traditional holiday colors throughout the house. Once Thanksgiving arrives, you can take your holiday decorating into full gear with colorful lights and decorations, both inside and outside of the house.

Holiday-Specific Decorations

After Thanksgiving it’s, “game on” as far as holiday decorating is concerned. You can start swapping out those pumpkins and fall colors for the more traditional holiday items. As for your holiday lights, you can either swap out your holiday-neutral clear lights for more colorful ones, add some color to the ones you already have, or just leave up what you have and decorate around them. That's the beauty of decorating a little early with holiday-neutral lighting—you have some options based on your preference and availability. And with so many other things to do during the holidays, you might welcome the opportunity to have a few things already checked off your holiday decorating list. 

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If you celebrate Christmas, putting up your holiday tree and other holiday-specific decorations right after Thanksgiving is a great way to maximize the enjoyment of the entire holiday season. Since many people start packing holiday items away after the New Year, putting up your decorations on or around Thanksgiving will provide you with two months of solid holiday joy.

Getting It All Done

Although the holidays seem to come and go so quickly, it’s still nice to display your spirit and love for the holidays with decorations. Afterall, when it comes to the holiday, most of us are still kids at heart. But with shopping, wrapping, baking, and so many other things to get done during the holidays, even a relatively small amount of decorating can seem overwhelming. If you love the holidays, but aren’t sure if you have the time to go all out with decorations this year, Window Genie can help decorate your home for the holidays.   
As the seasons change, winter into spring, spring into summer, we often get the urge to change up the look and feel of our home. Rejuvenating your home is a fantastic idea that can take many different forms. One way to accomplish this goal is to give your homes’ exterior a fresh, new look. We have some ways you can do it without spending a small fortune.   We’ll share some tips to help get your creative juices flowing and add some pizzazz to your home without breaking the bank. These simple ideas don’t take much time and won’t break your budget for the year. So, if you’ve been wondering how you can change things up a little, we have you covered. 

Decorative Window Film  

Decorative Window Film is a simple alternative to etched or stained glass. It can enhance the look of your windows and provide some extra privacy at the same time. Although etched and stained glass is beautiful, it can also be very expensive. Artisan glass is also very nice, but incredibly expensive too. A window film can give you a similar look, and the privacy you want, at a fraction of the price.   You also have more freedom to change up the patterns and colors more easily when the mood strikes you. Decorative film is a fantastic temporary or permanent solution to jazz up the glass and gives the exterior of your home a new, different look.   

Give Your House a Bath 

Pressure washing the exterior of your home is another great way to make it sparkle and let its natural beauty shine through. Just like anything else that is constantly exposed to the elements, your home can get dirty, and sometimes you don’t even notice because it happens gradually over time. A thorough pressure wash can yield some surprising results, especially if it’s been several months since the exterior has been cleaned.   Pressure washing is also an excellent preventative measure against things like mold and rot. When dirt or mud stays on the surface of your home for a long time, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. This can eventually lead to structural damage. Pressure washing helps loosen and remove debris and bacteria, which in turn will help safeguard your home.   Related Topic: 3 Reasons to Clean and Secure Your Gutters 

Revive Your Driveway and Sidewalks  

The concrete around your home is another area that can get dirty and discolored over time. Meticulous concrete cleaning can reinvigorate the walkways and driveway in front of your home and have an amazing effect on the overall appearance of your home. You might be surprised just how bright and sparkling your driveway can look after a proper cleaning.   Cleaning the hard surfaces around your home can also prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew, just like it can with your home’s exterior. Getting rid of dirt and grime on your walkways and driveways can eliminate any buildup and keep you from slipping when the surface is wet. It can also prevent damage and deterioration of those surfaces over time.   These simple yet cost-effective ideas can really help give your home the fresh, new look you’re looking for. And if you need a little help, Window Genie can take care of some or all the projects on your ‘to do’ list. They can have your house looking it's absolute best in no time. Window Genie professionals have the experience and expertise to refresh your home exterior so you can start thinking about what you want to change inside your house...it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. 

Related Topic: Interior Design Styles and the Paint Colors That Go with Them 

There’s nothing worse than sitting next to a drafty window on a cold winter day, shivering as chilly air rushes over your arms. You realize your furnace must work harder to compensate for this cold air entering your home, but what can you do besides replace your windows? Actually, there are plenty of ways to reduce window heat loss! Here’s how to insulate windows for energy savings, lower heating bills, and improved home comfort. Continue reading "Keep the Cold Out! Learn How to Insulate Your Windows"
Your driveway is grimy and covered in potentially dangerous and corrosive or acidic chemicals, dirt, sand, salt and more. The hazards of ignoring a dirty driveway and the benefits of routine pressure or power washing are numerous. Routine pressure washing doesn’t only benefit the current homeowner but can also impact the value of the home and increase the overall curb appeal of the property. Cleaning concrete periodically will extend its service life and enhance its beauty. It can be difficult to tell when concrete is in need of cleaning because the dirt and grime can build up so slowly. However, once the process is done, the results of freshly cleaned concrete are undeniable. Continue reading "Why Do I Need to Pressure Wash My Concrete?"
Can’t remember the last time you cleaned your windows? The grime, fingerprints, and water spots tell you the task is long overdue. Use the information here to help you create a schedule for how often you should be cleaning your windows, both inside and out. Why are Clean Windows Important? Windows perform several vital functions in your home, including allowing natural light to enter and providing a view of the exterior. Free sunlight helps to keep your electricity bills down, especially in the winter, and you may enjoy curling up with a good book on the window seat. Not only can you read by the natural light, but you can also keep an eye on the kids playing outside. All of these activities go by the wayside if your windows are overly dirty. Dusty debris can block the light, and smears may ruin the view. Get the most from your windows by keeping them clean! How Often Should You Clean Your Windows Inside and Out? The frequency of this chore depends on several factors, from environmental considerations to your personal preferences. Your schedule might range from once a month to once a year. Here are some scenarios and where they fall along that timeline. Once a Month If you’re a business owner, clean windows are all about looking good. In this context, you must clean away spots before they draw any attention to themselves if you hope to keep up appearances. That’s why businesses may choose to have their windows cleaned at least once a month. Every Three Months The most diligent homeowners schedule cleanings about four times a year. The settings that demand frequent exterior window cleaning include: · Forests, where debris from trees and bird droppings make a mess of your window panes · The seaside, where salt deposits can stick to the glass and corrode the frames · Cities, where dust and smoke can fog up the windows Different factors may increase the need for interior window cleaning. For instance: · You may have children who leave fingerprints and greasy smears on your front windows · You could have pets that make wet nose marks and muddy paw prints on your glass patio door · You might do a lot of cooking, which can splatter the kitchen windows · You may enjoy entertaining and want to make the best impression on your guests Every 6 to 12 Months In the average residential setting, cleaning your windows once or twice a year is usually sufficient. Sticking to this schedule allows optimal light to stream in and promotes a flawless view of the exterior. Hire a Professional Window Cleaning Service Clean windows are an important part of home maintenance, but no one likes to do it. After all, who wants to use up precious weekend hours lugging around a heavy bucket and balancing on a wobbly ladder to reach the windows on the second floor? The job is tiring and more difficult than it looks if you’re aiming for a streak-free shine. Plus, remembering to keep your windows clean is a hassle! That’s why so many homeowners schedule routine cleanings with Window Genie. Our Window Care Program allows you to customize your schedule and receive discounts based on frequency. With our help, you’ll save money and keep your windows looking great all year round. Thanks to our exclusive Streak-Free Guarantee, you can put your complete confidence in our abilities. To request window cleaning services in your area, please contact us today. Then, be ready for every season with window weatherproofing services from our fellow Neighborly Company, Mr. Handyman.