These tips on how to prepare your home for guests were inspired by a product I received to review but all opinions expressed here are my own.
Fall is finally here and the holidays are fast approaching. As much as I hate to think about it, the chaos of the holidays will be here very quickly! Shopping, baking, wrapping and holiday parties are a lot of fun but add them to an already hectic schedule and you get one really stressed out mama. One of the things I really enjoy about the holidays is having company to cook for but having house guests can be stressful. Where do they sleep? How do you cook for 4 extra mouths every day? How in the world are your in-laws going to share a bathroom with your kids, the biggest slobs on the planet? We have my in-laws coming for Thanksgiving as well as a couple of friends so I started doing a little bit of research on how to prepare your home for guests. I am hoping that by being prepared I can avoid a little bit of the stress of having company over the holidays. If you have company coming, too, I hope these tips on how to prepare your home for guests make your life a little bit easier, too!
How to Prepare Your Home for Guests
Offer some reading material in the guest room. Your guests will appreciate the opportunity to glance through a few magazines or books as they wind down after a busy day. If you don’t need them any more, offer to let them take the items home with them. It is always nice to rehome unneeded reading material!
Make sure you have storage space in the guest room. Our guest room is usually used for storage but before company comes I will clean out a couple of bureau drawers and add a few empty hangers to the closet so our guests can unpack their suitcases.
Consider looking for a few small foldaway tables. Guests will need to set down drinks and snacks and if left on the floor, these items usually become dog magnets in my house! Invest in a small set of folding tables that you can place strategically nearby chairs and couches. When guests go home, just fold them up and store them for next time.
Make sure you have extra blankets. Don’t spend a small fortune on them! Often times you can find very nice, inexpensive blankets and throws at thrift stores.
Add a personal touch to your guest room. By placing a few flowers, a plant, or a candle in the room your guests will feel more comfortable in their temporary space.
Offer necessities on the nightstand. Make sure you stock the nightstand with things your guests may need like an alarm clock, a box of tissues, a coaster, and a small light for nighttime reading. Leave them a set of matching towels and a small container of hand lotion on the bureau. You may want to leave a pen and small notebook for them to jot things down on. It is the little things that go a long way towards making your guests feel at home. The Beecology hand and body cream I received is a wonderful way to sooth dry, winter skin. It has a light, refreshing scent and does not leave the skin feeling greasy at all. I would love to find this my room if I went to stay with friends for the holidays!
Start cooking now. There is nothing more chaotic than having to cook for twice as many people as you normally do. In order to prepare your home for guests, make up casseroles, cookies, etc ahead of time and put them in the freezer for reheating during their stay. You can also cook up chicken breast, chop and freeze for easy addition to stirfries and other quick meals. I will be baking a whole lot of cranberry bread and putting some lasagna in the freezer in the next couple of months.
Start cleaning ahead of time. While I don’t need my house looking like a showcase I also don’t want people seeing the dust bunnies that normally live in my corners. Clean the lesser used rooms first (guest room, dining room, etc) and save the kitchen and bathroom for the day before your guests arrive. You don’t need to scrub the baseboards…really, if your guests are doing the white glove thing they shouldn’t be invited back! When you prepare your home for guests, scrub the most often used parts of the house and consider removing the rubber ducky from the guest bathtub!
Spruce up your entryway. This is the first part of the house that your guests will see when they come in your home. Add a vase of colorful flowers and light a candle to provide a homey atmosphere. Grab a sponge and wipe those fingerprints off the wall and grab a broom to sweep off the porch.
Stock up on essentials. You would be amazed at how much toilet paper a few extra people can go through. Make sure you stock up on paper products, soap, and basic grocery items like milk and juice. Keep in mind any food allergies or skin sensitivities that your guests may have. The hand soap and bar soap I received from Beecology would make a lovely selection when you go to prepare your home for guests. It is a wonderful combination of decadent scents, rich lather, and all natural ingredients. Your guests will enjoy the wonderful aroma and luxurious lather and you won’t have to worry about irritating any sensitive skin your guests may have. Even nicer is that they donate 10 percent of their profits to charity! Always nice to find a company that believes in giving back!
It will take a few days to prepare your home for guests so don’t wait until the last minute. Make a list of things that need to get done, groceries that need to be purchased and meals that need to be prepared. Then, take time when you have company to relax and enjoy the time spent with friends and family. The holidays may be a bit chaotic but they are a treasure time to spend with people we love.
Do you have any other tips on how to prepare your home for guests? Please share!
Disclaimer: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials.”: I received product samples in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. Some of the links in this post may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.