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Your Holiday Hosting Guide: 4 Tips for Prepping Your Home for Christmas

| 12/5/2018 11:35:00 AM

As the holiday season is upon us, your home will be filled with friends and family to celebrate this special time of year. Hospitality is so important in this fast-paced world, and there are some super easy ways to take your home to the next level of comfort for your guests.

1. Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Let’s be honest. As much as we love decorating and hosting for the holidays, it is a full-time job. From a million trips to the grocery store to making sure everyone feels at home, prep for company can be exhausting. That’s why the first tip in this guide is to chip away at your to-dos little by little rather than waiting 24 hours before they get to town.


A couple weeks before their arrival, carve out a weekend to get your house in order. Get your Christmas decorations up, hang the wreaths, and get your cleaning done. Next, think through easy meals to fix for your guests—things like chili and soup you can cook and freeze ahead of time. Head to the store a few days before your guests arrive and meal prep anything you can. Opt for paper and plastic so there is less to clean! The goal here is to plan ahead so hosting is as low-maintenance as possible and you can enjoy your guest’s company over their stay (rather than feeling like a slave).

2. Get Your Guest Bedroom in Order

Speaking of your guests, you are probably panicking a little thinking about the current state of your guest bedroom—aka the never complete house project. If you are like most people, your guest bedroom has become a dumping ground for all the items in your home you no longer have a place for. But considering you’ll have plenty of guests coming through over the holidays, you may want to give this space a little TLC.


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