How to Prepare Your Home for Guests

Just because the big celebrations have passed, doesn’t mean that there aren’t still guests on the way to your home! Sometimes it’s easier to wait until the new year to do your visiting, so you’re not limited by the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

No matter the reason for company, you’ll want to make sure that your home is ready to accommodate them. And, to make sure your guests feel right at home, there are probably some improvements you’ll want to complete before they arrive.

Roll Out the Red Carpet

Chances are you probably don’t have a red carpet you’re going to throw out to welcome your guests, but the idea is all the same. The main objective is to make your guests feel welcomed from the very moment they pull up to your house. Therefore, you want to take care of any exterior housework to get ready for their arrival. Whether that means clearing out the clutter in the garage for extra parking space, installing security lights so they can get to and from their cars, or repairing any dangers like a broken railing, or damaged staircase which can cause an accident.

Make Sure They’re Warm

I have family in Connecticut, and therefore, I know exactly how cold it can get during the winter. That’s why it’s important to hire a professional chimney sweeps company in CT, or wherever you live, to take care of things for you. A thorough cleaning and removal of soot, dust, and debris ensures that your fire burns brighter and longer while keeping you and your guests safe and warm.

Provide a Comfy Place to Sleep

Overnight guests can be a pleasure to have in your home. Whether you have a guest room or not, you want to make sure that you have the appropriate accommodations for them to sleep in. Ideas for multiple guests or for homes without an additional room would include investing in an air mattress, a futon, or just having enough fluffy pillows and blankets that your guests can sleep on the floor or on the couch.

Consider Special Accommodations

Every guest that you have over to your home is unique. They have different needs and circumstances that need to be considered while they’re in your home. For instance, if your guests happen to be elderly or disabled, you may need to come up with ways to help them get around the house easier. If your guests are younger children, on the other hand, you’d need to child-proof the home or areas of the home that the children will be in to ensure they don’t get into anything dangerous. Other special accommodations might include dietary needs. Be sure to ask in advance whether there are special diets or restrictions, so you can shop accordingly for your guests.

Stock Up on Extras

From extra blankets for the bedroom to extra towels, toothpaste, and washcloths, your guests are going to go through things fast. Rather than having to overwork yourself later by having to do loads of laundry or search around the home for accommodations, the best bet is to stock up on all the extras. This includes:

  • Bathroom toiletries – towels, washcloths, toothpaste, feminine care products, deodorant, lotion, etc.
  • Bedroom necessities – blankets, pillows, and perhaps a magazine, book, or television set for entertainment
  • Food and beverages – snacks, meals, etc.

Whether you have family coming for a visit, a group of old friends coming over during the winter break, or just a day visit with someone you care about, being prepared is ideal. By dotting your eyes and crossing your tees now, you can breathe a little lighter when company comes over. And your guests will be appreciative that you’ve taken the time to make them feel welcomed. 

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

4 thoughts on “How to Prepare Your Home for Guests

  1. Oh my gosh I just love that archway! Fresh sheets and extra covers at the end of the bed are great! I don’t like staying the night or how ever long I am staying at someones house and in the bedroom the bed is covered with pillows.

  2. There are some really great tips here, I will be sure to adopt some myself for when guests stay. The keeping warm one is a must, I always make sure I have a warm home when guests are coming :)

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