How to prepare your home for guests.
We’ve all been there, it’s the week before the Holidays and all of a sudden that Aunt calls and announces she plans to stay at your house for those few days of celebrations. Ummm, And you tell me now???
After making sure she can’t stay anywhere else, you go into panic mode. Nothing is even close to guest-ready, and you don’t want to go close to that guest bedroom, sorry, storage room of a disaster!
Let’s get ready shall we?
Get a piece of paper and a cup of coffee and let’s get started with “How to prepare your home for guests”
Don’t have any time to go through anything and it’s definitely too cold for a yard sale? Grab some paper shopping bags, totes or even laundry baskets and start filling them up! Sort the stuff by category. Papers in one bag, kids toys in another and those empty wine bottles for that one craft you wanted to do 3 years ago? Yeah, those can go in the trash. Kids toys? In their rooms or toy bins, and make sure they help!
Basically, make sure to eliminate it for the time being. Be it shoved in a closet or in a corner in the garage. At least it is out of the way for the guests and festivities.
Divide and Conquer
For other, larger projects, “hire” your husband. He should already know by now that you wanted that one wall painted before the New Year, what better time than to do it now. Like right now! We both know you secretly bought the paint and stashed it in the closet! No better time than the present! No better time than to prepare now!
Buy or Borrow
So get buying or borrowing those extra dishes or even decor from that Grandma with a basement full for those special occasions. Check the local Goodwill or Thrift Store, they usually have something for the Holidays, especially decor!
Don’t forget to plan in pets and little, little ones when decorating!
Get out the Decor in the first place!
Take a weekend, or evening if it’s super short notice, and go through it. Get it all opened, unpacked and unwrapped. Take a look at what you have and get a plan together of where to put it. And like I said above, make sure you plan extra when you have very little ones or even pets. Maybe not hang those cinnamon-ornaments on the tree that year because I can guarantee the cat will be very interested!
Grooming and a Nail Trim
Set out the Diffusers and load’em up
In our house, we do not use scented candles. It gives me a headache, not to mention I am actually allergic to most things that are scented.
So Diffusers it is in our household. Literally, you can’t turn a corner without running into one. They run pretty much 24/7/365 everywhere in the house. Be it citrus-y scents during the day or Lavender and Calming Oils at night, they’re always on.
The Guest Bedroom
This is a big one! When you prepare your home for guests, the guest bedroom is the most important room to get ready. That is, if they are actually staying the night at your house.
But let’s assume they do, here is my list of things to get ready in the guest room:
Closet and Dresser Space
Let’s be honest, nobody likes to live out of a suitcase or in my husbands case, backpack.
So let’s be nice and give them some space in our dressers or closet.
Sheets, towels and laundry detergent
The Wifi Password
Toiletries and Snacks
What I like to do when we have guests, is to set out a little basket by the bathroom filled with travel sized Shampoo, Conditoner, Toothpaste and a couple brushes, as well as some healthy snacks, a few bottles of water, Chapstick and Bodywash. Feel free to add what else you think they could need.
Blankets, Fan and a Heating Pad
Maybe your guests are the same or they think the bedroom is extra cold at night. I like to just drape the extra blanket at the foot of the bed and have the extra blanket by the towels with maybe even a couple more pillows to add.
A Laundry basket
The Day has arrived
Now that you spent the days before preparing, it’s time for the final touches on the day of arrival. If they are arriving early in the morning, you can take care of most the night before, if it’s further towards noon or even evening, I’d suggest doing it the day of arrival.
The night before, if you lie in an apartment complex or something similar, if possible, block an extra parking spot for your guests so they don’t have to carry the luggage very far. Or if you live in the county like we do, simply move one of the cars to the secondary driveway to make room closer to the front door or main entrance to the home.
Cookies and yummy smells
Brush the dogs!
Coffee or Tea?
Last Minute dishwasher run
Vacuum or run the Roomba
Ready, Set, Diffuse
Last minute bathroom check up
Clear the dining room and coffee tables
No brainer, can’t have a nice chit chat with coffee if the whole table is filled with the kids art projects, homework or the newest science kit that just exploded everywhere.
Clear it off and give it a quick wipe down! And don’t forget to hang those new art work pieces on display on the side of the fridge!