The holiday season is upon us! You’re probably busy shopping, cooking, and decorating. But, if you’re anything like so many other holiday hosts, you’re also likely overwhelmed with trying to prepare your home for guests and visitors.
Yes, the holidays can be a stressful time. But, this is especially true if you find yourself needing to host friends and family members in your home! You want to be a welcoming host and leave a great impression, but you also may not have the time to transform your home into a four-star hotel.
Don’t stress! I’ve pulled together some tips that will help you prepare your home for holiday guests in no time at all.
1. Keep Things Casual
Obviously, cleaning your home before the arrival of your holiday guests is crucial. After all, you’d probably be pretty embarrassed to have to invite visitors into a home that’s dusty, grimy, or cluttered. So, wiping up is definitely advisable!
But, on the same token, avoid trying to make your house look like it just jumped straight out of the pages of a magazine. That sterile, un-lived in look can cause your guests to feel a little tense or nervous. You want them to feel comfortable and relaxed in your home, so don’t forget to make it look that way!
2. Pay Attention to Details
Hopefully you already know your guests pretty well. But, if you aren’t aware of some of their special requirements, don’t hesitate to ask.
Perhaps one of your guests has a strong feather allergy—now you know that you need to stay away from down pillows on their bed. Or, maybe your father-in-law likes a very specific coffee in the morning. Paying attention to these details and doing your best to accommodate them (within reason, of course) will have your guests feeling right at home!
3. Plan Meals
If you have visitors staying with you, it’s typically expected that you’ll take care of feeding them. Sure, you may head out for a dinner every now and then. But, aside from that, it’s your duty to keep food on the table—literally.
Take some stress off your plate by planning out some meals ahead of time. Not only will it give you an opportunity to ensure that you aren’t violating any of your guests’ food allergies, but it will also save you from scrambling and stressing last minute!
4. Add Small Touches
Finally, if you want to take your hospitality to the next level, consider adding some small, welcoming touches around your home. Set a fresh, white robe on your guest’s bed. Add some fresh, beautiful soaps to the bathroom counter. Or, set a basket of some snacks and other necessities in your guest’s room. Doing this not only shows that you want to take great care of your guests, but also that you’re happy to have them there!
Having holiday guests in your home can be stressful—but it can also be tons of fun! Add a few of these tasks to your preparation list, and get ready for the happiest house guests you’ve ever had. The only other thing you need to do? Make sure that they know they can’t stay forever!
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