It’s the season to welcome family and friends to your home. Creating the ideal space for guests in your home involves more than providing a comfortable place to sleep. It is an opportunity to make them feel welcome and ensure that their time spent with you is memorable. Here are some tips on how to prepare your house for guests this holiday season.
Get The Guest Room Ready
The area of your home your guests will spend their nights in is the guest room. Spend time ensuring the room is ready and comfortable for them. Start by decluttering and making room in closets and adequate space for suitcases and other personal belongings that your guests may have. Put extra hangers in the closet, and clear out room in clothes’ dressers or cupboards. Preferably, buy new bed linen for the bed. If you would prefer to use existing linen, launder them right before your guest arrives. There is nothing more inviting than a freshly made bed for your guests to relax on.
Paying Attention To The Bathroom
When expecting guests in your home, the bathroom should be inviting, clean and offer a relaxing space to for your guests to relieve themselves. Just like bed linen, freshly bought or laundered towels and a clean and tidy bathroom is a must. If the bathroom is shared with other house members, have them keep their toiletries out of the way to make room for guest’s toiletries. For added comfort, make an “in case you forgot” basket with toiletries, shower cap, and razors.
Make The House Comfy & Clutter-Free
Guests would like to stay at your home because you’ll offer them the ambience and comfortable living that they can’t always get at a hotel. With a few extra people in your home, you are going to need some additional room. It’s time to declutter and the some much-needed space. Your living room, family room, and other common rooms used for entertainment should be free of any furniture that you won’t use. Old magazines, newspapers, mail, and other items should be sorted and recycled or discarded. Get several storage bins or extra shelving if necessary to declutter your home. You want your guests to feel welcome, not overwhelmed or uncomfortable.
Stock Up The Kitchen
It’s Important to feed your guests. First, stock up the fridge. It’s always best to check with your guests before arrival to make sure they don’t have any allergies or need any specific foods during their stay.Then fill your fridge with all of the standard items like milk, coffee, bread, cold water, soft drinks etc. You can add a few regional specialities they may not be able to get at home, for example, some good old ugali & kisamvu or chips mayai for a change.
What are some of the ways you make your guests feel truly welcome?