Guests are something that many people look forward to around the autumn and winter holidays. Of course you enjoy the company, but getting your house ready can feel like a major chore. Keep in mind that your visitors are coming to see you and remember a few tips to help relieve the rush before arrival. Don’t panic — we’ve got ideas for you to ensure that your guests feel welcome and at ease when they arrive.
Spruce Up the Guest Bathroom
Make sure you have clean hand towels, soap, and wash cloths set out and ready to use in the bathroom. Set out a few pillar candles and bottles of scented oil for ambience.
Make a Focal Point in the Entryway
Set up a decorative table with a seasonal centerpiece on it and light some scented candles. Make sure you have a place set up for guests to hang their coats and place their shoes as soon as they walk through the door.
Clear Your Front Walk
Make sure to sweep the front walkway to your home clear of fallen leaves or snow, and that you set down some ice melt if necessary.
Bring Out the Fireplace
Have a fire going to welcome your guests, and spruce up the mantel with fresh greenery and some lit candles to set the scene.
Have the Carpets Cleaned
Nothing brightens up your house faster than a professionally cleaned carpets.
Invest in Air Beds
If you have guests coming to stay overnight and don’t have room, invest in air beds for them to sleep on.
Anticipate Their Needs
Try to learn the items that your guests will need or want during their stay. Extra towels, a box of tissues, or spare toothbrushes are always appreciated — have them at the ready.
Stock Your Kitchen
Make sure you have plenty of drinks, snacks, and guest favorites. A few items that remind your guests of home will go a long way towards making their visit relaxing and comforting.
Make Things Accessible
Move your coffee station to the family room. Set things like breakfast items and silverware on the counter so guests can find them easily.