The holidays are upon us. I bet your weekends are starting to book up. Company's coming to spread good cheer and good wishes. And they are always welcome but as I look around my home, it looks like it's been neglected; even a little beat up. It's hard to keep up with two small boys - and I try. Crayon markings and scuffs on the walls, baseboards chipped from spinning toys, stains on the rug from what I hope is apple juice. It needs a little tender loving care but this holiday season, there aren't much extra funds to work with. But, sometimes the smallest touches can make the biggest impact. So, let's get started. I think I can, I think I can.... 1. Paint Oh what a fresh coat of paint can do! Even if it's the same colour (which makes it easier to paint). Want to make it easier and cleaner? Try the RapidRoller from Black & Decker. STANLEY Home Designs line carries traditional, contemporary and transitional styles. What's traditional? It's a classic look with elements from the 18th and 19th century. And contemporary? Trend-setting and modern. And transitional? Styling is casual and influenced by both traditional and contemporary decor, with touches of global and regional influences. Whatever your choice, these simple replacements update your kitchen. 3. Clean For me, nothing is better than coming home to a clean house. The "clean home" period won't last long, so I appreciate it while it's here. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="190" caption="Image by go_greener_oz via Flickr"] [/caption] Rearrange your furniture, move some pieces to another room if possible. It gives you a change, plus maybe a little more room to entertain your guests. After all that cleaning, preserve your floors - Stanley also offers a complete line of floor protection products that not only reduces noise and dust, but also helps maintain your floors a little longer. Stanley Flexi-Felt heavy-duty adhesive pads are made of 100% pure wool industrial felt so they won't compress and fold like some polyester felt products. And now, for the hardest part. Finding the time. May your home be filled with laughter of family and friends (-- with a few paint brushes ;)) From my home to yours, happy holidays!