Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and visiting with my friends and family. I also got a little bit of shopping done too. I was able to snag a few Black Friday sales online. Now that Thanksgiving is over with, you can no take the time to focus on Christmas. Christmas is one of my favorite time of the year because I get to relieve my own childhood through the eyes of my children.
Preparing your home for guests doesn’t have to be stressful. Do make sure that you use these 5 easy steps to get your home ready for holiday guests. You want your home to be neat and tidy but you also want your guest to feel comfortable with their decision to stay in your home during the holidays.
Make Your Home Cozy
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to make your home feel comfortable and cozy as you get your home ready for holiday guests. When decorating your home, don’t be afraid to add a splash of color, mix and match textures or furniture, add small touches of your personal style, show off your family photos, and make your home feel inviting. Now would be the perfect time to swap out the pillows on your couch and even add a few festive throws. During the winter time, I usually keep a light blanket handy for guests to grab in case they are chilly.
Clean Up the Clutter
Before your guests arrive, don’t forget to clean up the clutter around the house. Clutter can make a home feel messy even when it isn’t. If you have time, you can even use this time for gathering up old items that you no longer need and make space in your home for new items that you may receive at Christmas time. Do donate your old belongings, there are plenty of people who would be grateful to have some new things for their home.
Ensure the Temperature in your Home is Comfortable for Guests
Have you ever been in a house where it was way too hot or cold? I have and it usually makes me feel uncomfortable. In our home, we use a programmable thermostat to help keep our home at a constant temperature but it is easier to adjust if we need to adjust the temperature. Some of the new thermostats even give you access to your home using an app on your smartphone. It is proven that keeping your home at a constant temperature allows you to save money. If you have a house full of people over, you might need to turn down the thermostat a little bit so that your guests don’t get too hot in the winter especially if the oven is being used to cook Christmas dinner.
Don’t Forget to Tidy Up the Guest Room
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I often leave the door to our guest bedroom shut so that our dogs can’t go in there. If it has been a while since the bedding has been washed, you should take the time to wash it so that the bedding smells good for guests. Don’t forget to dust and vacuum too! You can also leave your guests a few things to make them feel at home. Here is a list of things that you can put on the bedside table for your guests to help them feel at home: cough drops, Kleenex, bottle water, lotion, magazine, books, extra phone charger in case they left their’s at home, a bedside lamp, and fresh bath towels on the foot of their bed (if your’s are old and worn out now would be a great time to invest in a few brand new towel set). Does your guest have allergies? If so, use these tips to help reduce the number of allergens in your home.
Clean Up the Guest Bathroom
People often overlook things on the bathroom counter especially if the bathroom is used on a regular basis. Do make sure that everything is cleaned off the counter as much a possible so that your guests have a place to put their belongings while they are getting ready. Also, don’t forget to put out clean hand towels. Do leave extra toilet paper out so that they don’t have to hunt for it.
I hope that you were able to use these 5 easy steps to get your home ready for holiday guests. These easy steps will help you make your guests feel comfortable and cozy. Don’t forget to invite them to any outings that you may have planned too. You don’t want your guests to feel uncomfortable if they have to stay in your home for long periods of time when you aren’t home.
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