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Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

Owen Myers

November 05, 2018

The holidays are coming! If you’re hosting friends and family this year, you know the preparations go way beyond the menu. There are guest rooms to clean and tidy up, decorations to unpack and arrange just so, extra groceries to buy and cook, and gifts to get (and wrap). While there’s a lot to do, it can all come together smoothly with minimal stress—we promise!

Grab a cup of coffee and peruse how these home and entertaining experts get their abodes ready for holiday guests.

Get Your Guest Rooms Ready for the Holidays

Add a little Southern hospitality to your guest room with tips from Southern Living, including putting out travel-sized toiletries (arranged in a pretty basket, of course), extra blankets, and a notebook with the house’s Wi-Fi password.

To help guests settle in, keep toiletries in plain sight, give your guests a set of spare keys, and offer a few types of pillows, says Alexis Hobbs at Woman’s Day.

Make your guests feel at home by giving them the best bed money can buy, says the team at The Spruce. This means top-of-the-line mattresses and pillows with premium linens to ensure visitors get a good night’s sleep.

Tackle Your House Projects before Guests Arrive

If you’ve been neglecting a few small repairs around the house, now’s the time to take care of them, says the team at Housetopia. Filling in dents and cracks, adding a fresh coat of paint, and creating inviting gathering spaces will make your home look pristine and your guests feel welcome.

Standout tips in Houselogic’s “6 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests” include banishing all clutter, adding night lights (especially in hallways and bathrooms), and creating a coffee station for your guests.

Don’t have a guest room? Real Simple to the rescue! Their “20 Ways to Make Guests Comfortable When You Don’t Have a Guest Room” story is a must-read for thoughtful hosts who just happen to have small spaces.

Watch the Pros at Work

If you need to have an existing room double as a guest room, check out how Meg Allan Cole with HGTV Handmade transformed her apartment’s always-office into a sometime-guest room.

Seal those drafts and get cozy sheets! Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy partners with Better Homes & Gardens on a video with quick and practical tips for “How to Prep Your Guest Room for the Holidays.”

Opting for a day bed, getting cabinets with both shelves and drawers, and putting storage cubes to good use are just a few good tips from Lowe’s “5 Ideas for Decorating a Guest Room” video.

We’ve already started reconfiguring our guest rooms and picked up a few new throw pillows and linens. Which holiday hosting tips will you put to use in your own home this year?

Owen Myers

is a

Data Engineer

at Hometap.