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3. Guest bath/powder room

After the kitchen, the guest bath or powder room will likely see the most holiday traffic. These rooms—usually smaller than master baths—will benefit from a simple de-cluttering. Quick updates like adding new cabinet hardware and coordinating accessories like soap

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dishes, lotion dispensers, toothbrush holders, shower curtains and towels are easy ways to refresh these small but important areas.

The holidays are also a great time to update items you can enjoy for the rest of the year, such as lighting and faucets, new mirrors, paint or wallpaper.

4. Guest bedroom

After days filled with festivities, your guests will appreciate a comfortable place to rest. Get guest bedrooms ready for visitors by clearing out closet space, adding freshly laundered blankets and providing plenty of pillows. Keep in mind the importance of a variety of lighting options in this room. A bedside table lamp may be great for night-time reading but overhead lighting will be helpful when dressing, applying makeup or wrapping last-minute gifts.

Simple decor projects like new area rugs and window treatments can have a big impact on the room. If the guestroom is small, adding some decorative mirrors can help the area feel more expansive. Updating the old ceiling fan can dramatically alter the look of any space, plus aid in airflow. Finally, polish off the holiday look with in-season flowers or plants— they are welcoming and warm and make a great gift to send guests home with once their visits end.

5. Living room

Changing accent pillows, throws and window treatments to seasonal patterns and colors are a great way to start. A decorated mantel is also a classic holiday decor touch.