Let’s be honest. The holidays are a wonderful time to catch up with family members that you may not see on a regular basis. However, if you’re opening up your home for overnight guests, the holiday season can quickly become a source of stress. You may feel the need to scramble to complete various home improvement projects, and just the thought of having to feed extra people multiple times each day can send the most hospitable among us into a panic.
Fear not, gracious host. We’ve put together a quick guide that will help you prepare your home, and then you can relax and enjoy your guests.
Your brother and sister-in-law are coming for the weekend, so naturally, this is a great time to clean out your junk drawer and make sure that your closets are organized. After all, there’s a decent chance that they’re going to use the opportunity to be a little nosy, and you can’t let them know how you really live.
Slow down, Martha Stewart; you need to get your priorities straight. Before getting nit-picky, make sure you’ve gotten your home’s main living areas decluttered. If you have an end table, a bench or counter that tends to accumulate treasures from every corner of the house, see to those first. If you’re really getting down to the wire, throw all of the random stuff into a box and then stick it in the basement, the garage or even the trunk of your car. You can go through that stuff later; just get it out of sight for now. Once the clutter is gone, it’ll be much easier to dust and disinfect your home’s surfaces.
See? Cleaning is easy!
Freshen Your Décor
When it comes to home décor, the details matter. Here’s an example: picture your sofa. Now envision your sofa with different accent pillows. Now zoom out and envision how bringing in the different colors or patterns will affect the entire room.
You don’t need a complete overhaul to freshen up your living space; all you need is a couple added elements. Soundwave Art has a full line of wall art, which can be customized with your favorite color scheme, and then personalized with a Soundwave message that is meaningful to you or your family.
You can (and probably have) walked easily through your home in the middle of the night without turning on a single light. Your guests, however, are probably less experienced at blindly wandering through your home. The last thing that you want is to spend Christmas Eve in the ER (believe me, I’ve been there) because a drowsy guest opened the door to your bathroom and took a step inside, only to discover that the door led to your basement.
Pick up a few motion-activated night lights to place around your guest bedroom, basement, living room or wherever your overnight guests will be camping out.
Feeding the Masses
Perhaps the most draining aspect of hosting overnight guests is thinking about mealtimes. No matter how much effort you’ve put into the planning, preparation and cleanup of any given meal, chances are that everyone is going to be expecting more food within a few hours. Lighten your load by stocking up on sandwich fixings, cereals, breakfast bars and a few drink options. Plan one heavier meal each day, and let everyone fend for themselves the rest of the time.
Hosting overnight guests over the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. By being purposeful in your preparation, you can ensure that the overnight visits are enjoyable for everyone. Unless you have a record snow storm and your guests are stuck for a few extra days….I’ve been there too!