Holiday Hosting: 6 Tips to Prepare Your House for Guests
Published in 12.17.2018
Gearing up for holiday guests can be stressful, but there are a number of surefire steps you can take to ensure a visitor-friendly home. Take the following into account:
1- SET UP A REFRESHMENT STATION.
Whether you’re hosting dinner or entertaining overnight, consider setting up a drink and snack station for your guests. Include healthy beverages, along with popular snack items like corn chips and fruit. Granted, these items are no replacement for actual meals—and your visitors are still looking forward to whatever it is you’re cooking—but a well-organized refreshment station will keep your guests full and happy in the meantime. Don’t forget to fill your fridge and pantry with entertainment necessities as well!
2-KEEP BATHROOM ESSENTIALS STOCKED AND ACCESSIBLE.
After cleaning your bathroom, stock the space with essentials like clean towels, soap, several rolls of toilet paper, lotion, and even a scented candle or two. Make a point of keeping these items visible so that guests don’t have to dig around for them. And, if you’re hosting friends or family for an extended period, display toiletries like shampoo and conditioner, a hairdryer, and a couple of brand-new toothbrushes on an easily-accessible shelf.
3- ELIMINATE CLOSET CLUTTER.
You want to make your overnight guests feel welcome. To achieve this, be sure to give them ample closet space. While you don’t need to empty your closet of personal items, we highly recommend that you get organized. This generally involves clearing out hanging racks and shoe shelves for your guests’ belongings, and replacing some of your items with spare blankets or a robe. If you find that organizing your closet is a genuine struggle, think about updating your design. Doing so could save you time and stress.
4- OFFER A DESIGNATED DRESSER DRAW.
Even the smallest gestures go a long way. Put your overnight visitors at ease by clearing a dresser drawer, and encouraging them to store their clothing in the space. Letting guests know right off the bat that they aren’t imposing, and that you’ve taken the time to make space for them and their belongings, will bring you all closer together.
5- TAKE A NEW TO WINTER GEAR STORAGE.
If you don’t live in a cold-weather area, this tip still applies. Enough cannot be said about the importance of reducing clutter, so why not take a new approach to storing your winter gear? Rather than leaving damp boots, hats, gloves, and jackets scattered about, revamp your mudroom by adding cubbies and storage cubes, complete with coat racks and bins. This design represents all the best that minimalism has to offer.
6. ENLIVEN COMMON AREAS WITH PLANTS AMD MUSIC.
If dreary winter weather has got you down, consider brightening up your home with plants and an appealing sound system. Greenery and music will undoubtedly elevate your and your guests’ mood, and can make standard storage areas like simple cabinets look not just decorative, but utilitarian.
And with that, your home should be ready for holiday hosting. Please visit our website for more information on what Modular Closets can do for you.