If you’re like me, then you are soon to have several guests visiting your home. The months of November and December are a busy time around my home with family meals and get togethers with friends.
You want your guests to have fun and be comfortable, right? Of course you do! To ensure their comfort, spend time getting your home ready by completing the tasks below in each area of your home.
Preparing Your Home for the Holidays
Keep all entrances to your home free of ice and snow during inclement weather. Keep a pail of rock salt or sand at each door to apply as needed.
Do an audit of all of your outdoor lighting to make sure it is all working properly. Replace bulbs and fuses as needed.
Designate a space for coats and hats. There are going to be a lot, so you may need an extra coat rack!
Add holiday flare to your entrances with festive containers.
Check your doorbell to make sure it works properly. If you’re slaving away in the kitchen you don’t want to miss the sound and make your guests stand in the cold!
Perform a deep cleaning on your carpet. If you’ve been caring for your carpet properly, you won’t have to do much at all to prepare. If you have neglected it, you may need to call in a pro.
Deep clean windows so guests can see outdoor decorations and the beautiful snow!
Place coffee table books and activities around living areas so there’s always something fun to do. Put out a basket with games, puzzles, coloring books, and crayons to entertain your littlest guests.
Keep extra throws and pillows in your living areas so your guests can bundle up if necessary.
Have a pro inspect and sweep your chimney so it’s safe to light a cozy fire for your guests.
Ensure that all fans and lights are working properly.
Keep air freshener and candles in all of your bathrooms so they always smell clean and fresh.
Double up on towels and washcloths. You’re likely going to go through several more than normal. I like to use holiday themed towels so everyone is in the spirit!
Put out a few extra rolls of toilet paper in an obvious spot (like a basket on top of the commode) so if it runs out guests aren’t left searching through your bathroom cabinets for more.
Have snacks available at all times. If your parties are like mine, people are going to congregate in the kitchen. Keep guest happy with a variety of snacks!
Put away unnecessary appliances to make room for all the delicious foods your guests will bring.
Keep a surplus of bottled waters and soft drinks. Juice boxes are great for kids. Replace them periodically as they get used from the refrigerator. And don’t forget to stock the wine rack!
Keep a fresh set of linens handy for each guest room. You may need to replace them during a stay.
Clear closet and dresser space for guests so they have the option to unpack a few items.
Make sure alarm clocks are working properly. You don’t want anyone oversleeping and missing breakfast!
Make a “guest room basket.” Put items that your guests may have forgotten to pack such as as toothpaste, razors, hand sanitizer, and tissues. Also put in items to make your guests stay more comfortable such as a bottle of water, peanuts or pretzels for a midnight snack, and reading material.
Do you host events at your home? What steps do you take in preparing your home for the holidays? Share in the comments below!