6 Simple Steps To Prep Your Home For Holiday Guests This Season

Dated: 11/27/2017

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6 Simple Steps To Prep Your Home For Holiday Guests This Season! Image title

Hosting has its shares of anxieties for sure, especially if you're striving to make your home welcoming for your invited and surprised guests.The big question is, how do you know everyone will feel comfortable?And when will you ever get a chance to really relax yourself?One thing for sure, you will, if you focus on what's really necessary. 

Here is a list of steps to help you get your home ready — and take some of the stress out of hosting. 

#1 DeclutterYou definitely don’t want to wait until the day before guests arrive; this is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out linen closets.Declutter especially guest rooms and public areas -- foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove anything unnecessary from countertops, coffee tables, and ottomans; if it’s out of sight, keep it out of mind, for sure.If you find you are running short of time, bag up the clutter and store it in car trunks, basements, and out-of-the-way closets. Don’t forget to sort and arrange after your guests depart. 

#2 Add Night LightsRemember even though you can navigate your home blindfolded, your guests can’t. So make sure all outside lights are working so they don’t trip on the way to your door. Locate motion-sensor night lights in hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms to ensure safe passage after the sun sets.Related: Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety 

#3 Make Space in the EntrywayYour home’s foyer is the first place guests see, this is where you make a good first impression. Place a small rug or welcome mat at the entrance to protect floors from mud and sand. Clear out any extra shoes, umbrellas, and other clutter. Add extra hooks to walls so guests can hang coats and hats if there isn’t a closet. Add a storage bench where guests can sit to remove boots and shoes. 

#4 Add a Coffee Station and Extra StoolsYour kitchen is going to be “command central” during the holidays, so make sure it’s ready for your guests and extra helpers. Relocate your coffee station into the family room so guests don’t crowd the kitchen when you’re trying to fix meals. If you like them to visit and chit chat while you’re cooking, place extra stools and chairs around the perimeter of your kitchen so guests can sit a spell. 

#5 Create Extra Sleeping SpaceIf you’ve got a guest room, it’s best to replace the ceiling fixture with a ceiling fan and light combo, this will help guests customize their room temperature without fiddling with the thermostat for the entire house.To create sleeping space out of public areas, buy a folding screen or rolling bookcase, which will provide privacy for sleepers; then you can fold or roll it away in the morning. 

#6 Make Extra Bathroom Supplies Easy to FindBring extra toilet paper, towels, and toiletries out of hiding, and place them on open shelves or cabinets; make sure guests knows where they are located so guests can find them easily.If you don’t have enough wall space for shelves, place these items in open decorated baskets around the bathroom.Also, outfit each tub with a bath mat (to avoid falls); place one on the outside, also add each toilet with a plunger (to avoid embarrassment).

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