Summer is coming to an end, kids are going back to school, and the weather’s starting to change, all of which can only mean one thing: Football season is finally back! To celebrate, many of us will spend every Saturday and/or Sunday for the next four months in front of the TV with friends and family cheering on our favorite teams. Considering how much time we actually dedicate to the sport, it’s important to make sure our homes are ready for maximum viewing enjoyment. Here are nine things you can do now to ensure the season goes smoothly… at least as far as watching on TV goes. Sadly, no amount of preparation on your end will guarantee your team a spot in the playoffs.
Mount Your Flat Screen TV
You can’t watch football without a television—preferably a very large flat screen television—which means now’s the time to invest in a new TV or, at the very least, make sure you get your current TV properly mounted. Long gone are the days when your television could only face in one direction. Now there are mounts that will allow you to put your TV on a retractable arm, which means you can pull it away from the wall and swivel it so that everyone has a great view no matter where they’re sitting in the room. This is a task you might be able to do yourself, but if you want all of the wires hidden and the components hooked up properly, you might consider hiring a pro so everything’s done right.
Order a NFL or College Football Package
Your new TV set-up is useless if the television can’t show the games you want. If you root for a team that doesn’t hail from the place where you live, there’s a good chance most of their games won’t be on local stations. Call your cable provider and see what football package options they have available, so you can get all of the games.
Consider Setting Up a Second TV Viewing Area
You’re a Patriots fan. She’s a Seahawks fan. And your games are both on at the same time. You can play rock, paper, scissors to see who’s got dibs on the TV, spend the entire three hours frantically flipping the channels back and forth, or (the best option!) set up another television so you can both watch your games while entertaining friends and family. The kitchen is always a great spot for a second TV since it means people who are grabbing a snack don’t have to miss a single play.
Upgrade or Rearrange Your Furniture
Other than a television and great snacks, the most important part of watching a football game is comfortable seating. After all, three hours is a long time to sit. While we aren’t suggesting you totally rearrange your living room or den just so that it’s a great place to watch football (although that would be amazing), if you’ve been considering making some changes to those rooms, now’s the perfect time. Not sure what to do with the space? An interior designer expert can consult with you give you ideas about how to get what you want from the room and make sure it looks great at the same time.
Buy Floor Pillows
Not up for a full remodel of your living room? We get it. But you still want to make sure that there are plenty of comfy places for your guests to sit. Buy colorful oversized pillows and blankets that people can spread out on the floor around the couches. Everyone will feel at home and the pillows and blankets can all be stored when not in use.
Stock Up on Drinks and Snacks
If you have storage room, head to a big box store and stock up on beer, soda, and snacks, like chips, pretzels, and nuts. You’ll still have to shop for meat and veggies the day before everyone comes over to watch the game, but at least you’ll have one or two fewer items to cross off your list. Too much work? Hire a drop off caterer to bring food by and save yourself time.
Stock Up on Cleaning Supplies
We’re not saying that someone’s going to spill when he jumps up and down after an especially exciting interception, but…. Someone’s going to spill when he jumps up and down after an especially exciting interception. Make sure you have paper towels, garbage bags, toilet paper, and everything else you’ll need to get your house in shape before, during, and after the game. You can also give yourself a headstart by booking a professional house cleaner to come over before – and after – the game.
Get the Grill Ready
Nothing says football season like firing up the grill. Your BBQ probably got a good workout all summer long, but considering you’re going to be using it for a few more months, now’s a good time to give it a proper cleaning, make sure you have all of the tools you need, and that you have plenty of propane or charcoal on hand.
Write Your Wi-Fi Password Somewhere Everyone Can See It
Gone are the days when people just looked at the television while watching the game. Now everyone needs to check their fantasy league, see other scores, and make sure they aren’t missing a single injury report or update. Which means that phones will be out and people will want to know your Wi-Fi password. Write the password somewhere people will see it, like a chalkboard in the kitchen or on a cute framed printable in the entry way. This way you won’t have to repeat TomBradyForPres3858 all day long.