Fall is all around us and that means the holidays are quickly approaching. As you get your house "Guest ready" some of that old familiar anxiety may be creeping up on you. We look forward to it all year long, but the thought of in-laws and plus one's staying over begs the question; where are we going to put them all? Last week we shared tips on creating a comfortable sleeping area and bathroom. This week we identify best practices to give you and your guests some peace.
I have friends that walk into my home and within a minute every surface has something of theirs on it and I have friends you may never know are staying with me.
Decluttering is important in every area. Leave some empty hangers in a closet, clean out a drawer, empty a shelf, and show them you made space for them to use, and hopefully, they will keep their dirty nickers off the living room floor.
That goes for the refrigerator and liquor cabinet too. Clean it out and if something is off-limits hide it.
A storage bench is great for hiding extra bedding between guests and then guests can use it while it's empty.
Folding tables or luggage racks are also helpful in tight spaces.
Do Not Disturb signs are always a fun way to create boundaries. Place it on a cabinet you want guests to stay out of or give it to them to use.
If your guests are morning people, keep the coffee essentials out for them. Leave a clean plate, glass, utensils, and napkins in plain sight for their midnight snack.
A nightlight in the hallway or bathroom will help avoid accidents.
Put a post-it on it. You may know that using the toaster and microwave at the same time will blow the fuse, but do your guests? Post it creates friendly reminders for light switches also.
And last but not least, keep it fun. Preparation reduces uncomfortable moments, but expect the unexpected and roll with it.
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