‘Tis the season for out-of-town guests, whether they’re staying overnight or for an entire week. While you’re making preparations for all the upcoming festivities, don’t forget to prep the house for all these guests. Use this simple checklist to make sure your home is as welcoming and cozy as possible.
When your guests arrive, make it easy for them to settle in by providing them with:
The more basic information you can share with them, the less they’ll feel like they’re bothering you and the more they can relax and enjoy themselves.
If your holiday plans include overnight guests, you’ll want to get the guest room into shape, especially if it doesn’t see much use. In addition to cleaning as usual, be sure to hit the following:
Do you want to turn the guest room into a retreat? Then include a small table and a reading light next to the bed. Set out a couple bottles of water and a small vase of fresh flowers. Put out a couple of books or some magazines for their enjoyment. Wondering whether or not your guest room is truly comfortable? Then spend one night in the room. You’ll see exactly what’s missing and how you can make it more functional and enjoyable for your guests.
Just like the guest room, the guest bath needs a thorough cleaning before guests arrive. Also make sure to:
Make it easy for your guests to grab a snack or something to drink without them having to ask. Stock the kitchen with snack items, soft drinks and water that are easily accessible, and let them know they can help themselves. Show them how the coffee maker works and make some easy breakfast items, in case they’re early risers. This way, they don’t need to disturb you in the morning and you can sleep in without worrying about playing host.
While the holidays can be stressful, they can also be a wonderful time to connect with family and friends in a meaningful way. As a host, you can set the stage for relaxation by taking a little time beforehand to get your house ready for your loved ones’ arrival.
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