With the holiday season right around the corner and the imminent arrival of weekend and holiday guests fast approaching, you may be feeling the pressure of getting your home in shape to receive your guests. If you are hosting this year’s thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and preparing your home for the arrival of family consider this list of helpful tips!
How to Prepare for Visiting Holiday Dinner & Overnight House Guests
Declutter your home checklist: Extra family or guests in the house means you are going to need more room. The best way to accomplish this is with the help of a close friend to help you organize and declutter to create some addition space. Guests typically congregate in common areas of the home including the living room, dining room and kitchen. Store any furniture that isn’t being used and sort through stacks of old magazines, pieces of mail and books etc. Organize the stacks into three piles, those to keep, those to recycle and those items to be thrown away.
Spring cleaning in the fall: Even though fall is a different season, spring cleaning before the holidays is the perfect time to get your home in order. Contact your Carpet Care 2000 experts to arrange a professional service to deep clean your carpets, rugs, upholstery, mattresses, and clean and sanitize your tile and grout. With the help of our knowledgeable cleaning technicians, your home will be spotless and ready for guests in next to no time.
Complete any remaining home repairs: If you have a small plumbing issue like a leaky tap or a toilet with an annoying drip you should get it repaired before your guests arrive. Not only will your guest feel welcome, you are also creating a space that is safe and comfortable for you and your family as well as and your weekend or holiday house guests.
Setting up the guest room: If you have a guest room that only gets used once or twice a year, chances are the room is going to require some attention. Contact your Carpet Care 2000 cleaning specialists to professionally clean your mattress and carpet. Be sure to use freshly laundered linens and provide a selection of fresh towels and bath supplies. If you have a sitting area, make the area as comfortable as possible so your guest can read, surf the internet or lounge if the mood should take them.
Made ahead Christmas & holiday meals: Let’s be honest, who wants to spend time alone in the kitchen when your family members and house guests are relaxing and having lots of fun? Why not try cooking ahead and freezing some meals for lunch and dinner. Make sure that your kitchen and pantry are stocked with a simple selection of breakfast food items such as cereal, yogurt and fresh fruit. Lunch items should include artisan bread, cold-cuts and a variety of cheese. Keep a selection of menus available to help guests with the restaurant choices available in the area in case you decide to eat out instead.
Take a deep breath and relax: Entertaining guests is not an easy task and for many people the holidays can be both a ton of fun and stressful at the same time. Before the arrival of guests, take the time to do something just for you. A walk in the park or a manicure can do wonders and help prepare you for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.