It’s a busy time of year and the holidays are right around the corner. Many people are planning their trips to see family or friends and others are preparing for the influx of guests they are about to receive. If you are the person receiving the guests, here are some tips to get your home ready and to keep everything running smooth.
Determine Lengths of Stay Beforehand
This might seem like a no-brainer, but when guests arrive and tell you they will have to stay for longer than anticipated, stress levels can skyrocket. Double-check with guests before their arrival to make sure you are both on the same page with how long they will be staying. If your guests have pets, check with them if they will be bringing their furry friends with them. This way you can make proper accommodations for the animals if needed.
If your guests flew in, determine how travels will be made to and from the airport. Also, figure out how they are going to move around when they are at your home. Will they borrow a vehicle of yours? Or will all trips be made together? Set the expectation before they arrive to prevent any awkwardness later on.
Make Some Extra Space
Coat closet, shoe racks, and other spaces around the home should be cleared so your guests feel comfortable to leave their belongings there. This will (hopefully) help your guests keep their belongings together rather than scattered throughout your home.
Knock Out The Grocery List Early
Plan the meals you are going to make ahead of time. Once you know what you will be served, knock out the grocery list early. If you have time, try to prep some of the meals as much as possible ahead of time. This will allow you to enjoy more time with your guests rather than spending all your time in the kitchen. Also, plan on leaving easy snacks in an easily accessible location for your guests to snack whenever they are hungry.
Increase Your Outlets
The majority of your house guests will probably be traveling with several electronic devices. To keep battles over power outlets at a minimum, break out some power strips so everyone can easily power their devices.
How do you prepare your home for holiday houseguests? We love to hear tips and tricks!
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