Prepare Your Home for Guests this Holiday Season
The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate all the parts of life that make us happy and grateful. With that in mind, you're likely planning a trip to visit loved ones, or maybe your home is the destination this year.
Holiday guests can bring a lot of happiness to your home, but of course, there's a lot of work involved as well — preparing your home! It doesn't have to be a huge task, though, if you know where to start. This article will provide you with the resources you need to create a fun, welcoming environment for your holiday guests.
Get everything clean
We're not saying your house is a mess (although knowing how busy things get around the holidays, it may be), but you should definitely take the time to make sure everything is spotless. If you have rugs or carpets, pick up your favorite carpet cleaning supplies so you can get them as fresh as can be. This is especially important if you have pets since odors that may be undetectable to you might be obvious to your guests.
Check that your vacuum cleaner is in order (does it need a new vacuum bag?) and that you have a mop and bucket in good shape. Go room by room and look for other places in your house that need cleaning. Try to get everything from lampshades to ceiling fans to furniture to tile grout, and absolutely do not forget the bathroom. Check everywhere, especially if you have picky guests! All the cleaning supplies you need can be found right here, as well as solutions for tough problems like clogged drains.
Make sure your home is stocked up
If you're having guests you're most likely going to cook for them, and you don't want to reach the point where you're setting out a wonderful holiday dinner and only then do you realize you're missing two serving spoons and your tongs have mysteriously fallen apart. Check all your kitchen supplies and utensils beforehand so you'll have everything you need!
Few things make guests more comfortable than a really nice bathroom, so get yours ready with all the amenities. You may want to grab a few bathroom supplies to improve things while you're at it, like new shower mats or curtains.
While you're at it, make sure you have fresh light bulbs for all your lamps, both indoor and out, just in case. You may be able to find your way around in the dark, but your guests aren't as used to your home as you are, and they'll need lighting!
Touch-ups and repairs
If you have the time, fix any problem spots in your home. Even if it's just an ugly chip in the paint on one wall and doesn't really hurt anything, it could still intrude on your holiday memories. Get supplies for paint touch-ups, and deal with any other small repair issues that you've been meaning to get to. Even if your guests never know how much effort you went to ahead of time, you'll be giving yourself the gift of knowing all those annoying home problems are gone.
Decorating and entertainment
Having guests arrive at your home to a winter wonderland will make a great impression. Depending on your tastes, you could stay subtle or go all-out (or stay somewhere in between) with Chanukah or Christmas decorations. Just take care of the other things first, so you don't have to work around your décor if you need to fix a problem.
Both kids and adults like to have fun, so ramp up the entertainment value of your home! Depending on where you live, you could get some outdoor winter toys, set up a cozy fire pit, or set up other backyard activities for your guests. If you live somewhere with cold winters, a fire is a great way to bring everyone together, but if you live in a hot climate, your visiting guests may be more interested in your pool (and if that's the case, do some pool maintenance too).
Now that you've gone over this article, you should use it as a base to start making a checklist of everything you need to do to get your home ready for guests. Think about the needs of your home specifically, who your guests are and what they like, and then work from there. Get started now so you'll have time to see to it all. And remember, even after your guests return home, you'll be able to stay and bask in your home improvements!