Dec 23

Preparing for the Holidays

Ready for Your Holiday Guests?

Ready for Your Holiday Guests?

One of the best things about the holidays is getting to see family and friends who you may not get to visit with during the year.  However, while this is a great thing, it also means you’re going to have many people coming and going.  You may have to do a bit of preparation so that your home is ready to receive these guests. 

One of the things to take into consideration is that holiday events rarely go as planned.  You may say that you’re eating dinner at six, but chances are, some people might show up early.  A “come and go from four to seven” may result in people staying to chat until after ten or even later.  Don’t expect guests to adhere to a time-table, so be sure to have plans for dealing with anything that’s time-sensitive, such as taking medication or letting your animals out.

Of course, before your guests arrive, you’re going to be stressed with cleaning your home.  One way of avoiding this stress is to start doing a little bit of cleaning every day in the week or so leading up to the event.  Put away clutter, do your dishes, and do whatever dusting and vacuuming you can before the big day.  It’s really not that difficult to keep much of your home clean if you put a little bit of work into it each day.  By doing so, you won’t be exhausted when your guests arrive.

You’ll certainly want your entryway to look great since it’s what your guests will first see.  Be sure that all coats, shoes, and other things are put away.  Some of these can easily be put in the closets where they should be kept.  Others, like your keys or mail, should be put away that day—perhaps in your bedroom or some other location no one will see.  You may want to put a floral arrangement or set out a few holiday photos in the entryway to make your guests feel welcome.

The family room is another area that can become cluttered quickly.  Ask your children to take anything of theirs to their rooms before guests arrive.  Then do the same yourself—move that stack of magazines, books, or mail that you haven’t sorted yet to your desk.  Put away recently watched movies if they aren’t on the shelves, and make small touches like putting your cordless phone on its base or stacking up your coasters.  These small details can actually do a lot to make a room look more organized.

Remember, of course, that no room can truly be perfect, but you can clean out all your clutter, organize what remains, and make your home look great for all of your holiday guests.

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