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Four Tips to Prep for Guests During the Holidays

November 27, 2018
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There’s no place like home for the holidays, but how do you prep for guests to make them feel right at home? In the midst of decorating for Christmas, whipping up baked goods, and buying Christmas presents, it can often feel overwhelming to add getting your home guest-ready into the mix.

Don’t let the craziness of the holidays keep you from enjoying time with your loved ones. Consider these simple tips to prep for guests during the holidays!

Clear the Clutter

Focus on the visible places and public areas in your home, particularly spaces your guests will likely spend the most time in. This includes:

Clean kitchen

  • Guest Bedroom
  • Guest Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Living / Sitting Room
  • Foyer

Give these areas special attention when you prep for guests during the holidays. Remove unnecessary items from coffee tables, kitchen counters, ottomans, and other visible surfaces that can draw attention.

Additionally, guest rooms tend to house extra storage. Ensure your guests have an appropriate amount of space to place their suitcases and hang their clothes.

Make Supplies Readily Available

Stack of clean towels

Provide supplies for your guests such as clean towels and sheets, and keep them in plain sight.

Supply guests with toiletry items they may have left behind, such as:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Razors
  • Pain Reliever
  • Lotion
  • Water Bottles

Remind your guests that these items are free for their use.


Adding a few extra festive touches to your guests’ living spaces is sure to make them feel right at home. From the foyer to the living room, to the kitchen, to their bedrooms and bathrooms, keep the holiday spirit alive!

Christmas decorations

Consider placing a small arrangement of holiday-themed flowers on their bedside table. This thoughtful touch will add a hint of seasonality to their space. Additionally, incorporate small details such as holiday candles, trinkets, greenery, and lights.

Comfort is Key

Last but not least, prep for guests by ensuring they feel comfortable! Consider the following:

  • Ensure the temperature is set to their liking
  • Provide extra blankets
  • Plug in night lights
  • Leave reading material on night stands
  • Lay out a foldable luggage stand
  • Include a small, inexpensive sound machine for guests to plug in if necessary

It is important to show your guest that you are happy they are there. Do not stress about making your home look perfect, but do enjoy the time spent with your loved ones!

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