You guys… we’re like two weeks away from the start of the Holiday Season. And while the holidays are the best time of year, they can also be the most stressful. With Thanksgiving and Christmas literally right around the corner, most of us are in scramble mode trying to get ready for the inevitable holiday guests that will be ringing your doorbell sooner rather than later.
But scramble no more. I’m taking the guess work out of what you need to do to prep your house before your guests arrive so you can focus on the important things… like defrosting the turkey and making sure there is enough pumpkin pie for everyone to have at least 6 slices. Here are 5 Things To Do To Prep Your Home For Holiday Guests this season!
Clean, Then Cozy Up Your Home. The weekend before Thanksgiving, dig out all your favorite cleaning supplies. It’s time to use ’em! You don’t have to deep clean, but if you’re anything like me, there’s nothing that makes me more anxious than thinking guests are looking at every speck of dust that’s gracing every surface of my home. (Even though I know that’s not true!) I take the weekend before to deep clean and tidy up the house, and make sure I’m making everything feel extra welcoming and cozy. (Need a few tips? Click here!) Then, the day before my guests arrive all I have to do is quickly pick up our most used spaces.
Get The Guest Room(s) Ready. Getting our guest room ready is always the EASIEST task for me. Why? Because we literally never use it. Our cat thinks the guest room is his room, and spends most of his days sleeping on the bed. But other than that, it isn’t used unless we have visitors. Before our guests arrive, we put clean the sheets on the bed, plug-in a new wallflowers and make sure to give the room a light dusting. Don’t forget to clean up the closet to make sure there is space your guests items, and to stock the room with extra pillows and blankets too! If you don’t have a designated guest room, now is the time to DIY one! Simply pick a space in your home that will feel private for your guests (like a furnished basement, office or den) and set up a space they can call their own. Think a blow up mattress, tons of cozy blankets and pillows and anything they might need to make their stay as comfortable as possible.
Stock Your Bathrooms. Extra toiletries are always good to have on hand, BUT what I’m really talking about is toilet paper. Put more than enough in the bathroom so it is easily accessible to guests. That way they don’t have to awkwardly yell for TP in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner. Speaking of stocking…
Stock Your Pantry/Fridge. You know how you always eat during the holidays? Like constantly. Like never stop eating? Yeah. Your guests are going to do that too. Stock your pantry with snacks and staples to make everything you need while they’re there not just the main meal. Think coffee, snacks, breakfast items, and alcohol. Whatever you think you need to keep your guests happy, buy it. Then buy more. There is no such thing as too many snacks around the holidays!
Dig Out The Games. Your guests don’t want to just sit and stare at their phones/the tv. These are all things they can do in the comfort of their own home. They’re here to have time with each other and you! Dig out all your favorite board games, puzzles and decks of cards. Games are a great way for people to spend time together without having to stare at each other and think of things to talk about 😏 Our favorites are Ticket to Ride, Trekking the National Parks, Monopoly Deal and any puzzle from the brand White Mountain or Buffalo Games!
Once all of this is out of the way, you can focus on the main event… Thanksgiving Dinner!
How do you prep for holiday guests? What am I missing? Leave your tips in the comments below!
Alright my loves, I’m off to shower and snuggle in for the night. I’m reading another Christmas book that I was really excited about but it’s really kind of falling flat for me at the moment 😕 I’m trying to give it the benefit of the doubt though. Maybe it will get better? I’ll tell you ALL about it tomorrow for #WhatUpWednesday. I’ll see you then!