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.
Spending the holidays away from home isn’t always easy. So while you are working on your guest room, think of the people who will be sleeping there. Find a balance between hotel-like order and a welcoming, cozy ambiance. Make sure the bed has crisp, clean sheets, the bathroom is stocked with toiletries (and a couple of Christmas tree scented candles), and there are a plethora of clean towels in the linen closet. And although you may be tempted to focus on cosmetic touch-ups, focus on the bed. After all, that’s where your guests will be spending most of their time.
Let’s face it: no one likes sleeping on the 20-year old mattress that’s been passed down in the family for decades. And there is nothing worse than getting bad sleep consistently while on the road. Not to mention, sleep deprivation and in-laws is not a good combo.
The best way to ensure fun holiday memories with guests in your home is to make sure they get a good night’s sleep consistently. If it’s time for the mattress in the guest room to be upgraded, you are in luck! With the launch of online mattress companies like Leesa, Saatva, Nectar, and Casper, you can get a quality mattress for a very reasonable price! If you are feeling overwhelmed about where to begin your search, try reading reviews from real customers or side-by-side comparisons of different brands to see which suits your space the best.
3. Make Your Space Conducive For Company
If you have company coming for the holidays, your home is probably already an ideal space for hosting, but that doesn’t mean 40 family members won’t feel cramped in the living room trying to get in on the conversation.
When hosting for the holidays, taking a few small steps to create a welcoming environment goes a long way. Even the smallest spaces can be transformed into great hangout rooms for family and friends. Don’t be afraid to move around some larger pieces of furniture to make room for some extra seating. One way to create more than one hangout space is by placing extra chairs in different rooms so people will naturally congregate in those areas. It’s amazing how putting a little extra thought into the flow of your space can create a much more enjoyable experience.
4. Remember, It’s the Small Things That Make All the Difference
Keep in mind that it’s tough to be on the road for the holidays. Being a great host means thinking of all the little things your guests may have forgotten—extra toothbrushes, washcloths, deodorant, extra twin sheets for the air mattress.
It also means keeping things fun, especially if you have kids coming to stay with you! Keep board games easily accessible, make reminders for local holiday events around your town, and don’t be afraid of a little mess (whether it’s a million puzzle pieces on the floor or flour all over the counter from baking)! And always remember, the best way to a kid’s heart is WiFi! Create a small sign on your fridge with the WiFi password and network name. They will text you “thx 4 the pswrd” with at least four emojis.
Prepping your home for the holidays may take a lot of work on the front-end, but it will be worth the pay-off. You and your guests will both enjoy the company much more!