We know that hosting holiday guests can be one of the most stressful times of the year. That's why we put together this short list of tips to make you feel like the hostest with the mostest!

1. Clear Out The Clutter

• No, we don’t mean for you to organize all your junk drawers and closets. This step is for public areas - living room, kitchen, dining area, guest rooms, etc.

• Belongings not a part of your "daily routine", store in closets, storage areas, or even the garage.

2. Get Your Bathrooms Ready for Battle

  • Stock with extra supplies including towels, toilet paper, extra toiletries, and a bath mat and toilet plunger! Make sure these items are out in the open for guests who won’t feel comfortable digging through your cabinets.

3. Check the Temperatures

  • If your guests are sleeping in rooms you don’t normally use or colder places like the basement, make sure you provide them with space heaters, fans, or extra blankets to help regulate their own temperatures.

4. Master Your Kitchen Layout

  • Your kitchen will be put to work when your guests are there, so make it work to your advantage. Move things like extra silverware, glasses, and napkins to the dining area.
  • Consider setting up a drink station elsewhere in the house so that guests who need a drink aren’t taking up space in the kitchen.

  • Add in extra stools or areas where guests can chat while you cook or help if they are willing.

5. Illuminate, Illuminate, Illuminate

  • You might know your house like the back of your hand, but your guests don’t. A kind gesture is providing night lights in hallways, bathrooms, and guests rooms to prevent a guest from tripping or bumping into things. Motion sensing night lights are a great way to save on electricity!

6. An Inviting Entryway

  • Create space for your guests to put their things when they come in. This will help them feel warm and welcome and protect your home from dirt and clutter.
  • Add extra hooks or clear off ones you already have

  • Add an extra rug or floor runner for guests to leave the mud and snow on

  • Add a seat of some sort so guests can be comfortable removing their shoes and outer wear without having to track dirt through the house.

Posted by Tamara Williams on


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