For many of us, the holidays means a full house. Whether your parents, kids, extended family or all of the above are coming to stay for the holidays, getting your home ready for visitors can feel a little daunting. Here are our top tips for preparing your home for guests ahead of time, so you can enjoy their company when they arrive.
- Ask about any dietary preferences and restrictions.
Before you hit the grocery store, ask your guests about what kind of breakfast foods and snacks they enjoy, and be sure to ask about any allergies or special diets. It’s a nice touch that your guests will appreciate. Plus, if you plan on cooking a big meal, it helps to know whether or not Aunt Jean is back on her special gluten-free diet.
- Make room.
In addition to clearing out a few drawers for clothes, be sure there are plenty of hangers in each closet. Most guests won’t need an entire closet, but we recommend leaving space for up to 10 hangers, with a bit of breathing room in case it’s winter and their clothes are bulkier (be sure to leave space on the floor for shoes).
- Dress up the bed.
Of course, fresh sheets are a given, but add a pop of that hotel charm by investing in a few new throw pillows or adding a colorful throw over the bed. Also, if it’s been years since you replaced the pillows, consider grabbing a new set. Not only does it look better, it’s better for your guest’s comfort.
- Stock guest bathrooms.
Treat your visitors to a well-equipped guest bathroom. Think beyond just shampoo and toothpaste. Travelers will also appreciate cotton balls, razors and floss. Don’t forget shaving cream, contact solution and a hair dryer, as well as aspirin, antacids and antihistamines. Store all of the items in an easy-to-find spot, but don’t clutter up the countertops. For bonus points, ask your guests before they arrive if there are any special toiletries they’ll need during their visit.
Note: Be sure to stock up on toilet paper and paper towels before guests arrive.
- Place the Wi-Fi Passcode in each guest room.
This is likely one of the first questions guests will ask when they arrive. Write it on a small notecard and place in on their bedside table. This way they can be connected throughout their stay.
- Remember the details.
There’s nothing wrong with adding a little luxury to your guest room suite. Think of the things you appreciate when you stay in a hotel and mimic them at home. A small basket of essentials such as bottled water, wash cloths, travel-size bath toiletries that are often forgotten (think toothpaste, etc.), a spare key to the house, your Wi-Fi password, plus one or two snacks. When you don’t have guests, use this basket to store extra toilet paper or other bath items. Reading material is always a nice touch. Stack last week’s magazines or a few of your favorite already-read books on their bedside table and invite them to relax.
There you have it. We’d love to know how you prepare for holiday guests. What did we leave off the list? Let us know in the comments below.