It might be a while since you’ve welcomed houseguests, but this handy checklist will help you avoid overlooking anything as you prepare for family or friends this Christmas season. If certain parts of your home need more than a touch-up and a little TLC, consider scheduling some professional repairs and upgrades. (For example, a professionally installed custom glass shower enclosure will give the guest bathroom a totally new vibe!)
Houseguests on the (figurative) horizon are a signal to declutter immediately! If your living space is packed to the gills, it will be virtually impossible to maintain any semblance of tidiness with extra people in the house. Eliminate items that should be discarded, donated, or put in the attic until next summer and then find or create storage solutions for everything else. If you’re short on floor space, consider innovative options like these:
Along with the guest rooms themselves, you’ll want to clean at least all of your home’s main living space. This can be a good time to splurge on a professional cleaning service. The question is whether to have your home deep cleaned in preparation for holiday guests or to do it after everyone has gone home!
Whether you have a dedicated guest suite, are making up beds in the basement, or something in between, cast a discerning eye around the space where your guests will be sleeping. Are the walls full of smudges and fingerprints? Has the carpet taken on a musty odor? Are light bulbs out? Is the overall look dated and dingy instead of cozy and welcoming? If you notice some problem areas, keep in mind that relatively inexpensive makeovers can dramatically change a room’s mood.
We judge businesses by the cleanliness of their bathrooms, so while your guests hopefully won’t be judging you, an inviting guest bathroom will add to their comfort. This room should be flawlessly clean, so it might be best to have it professionally cleaned before your guests arrive and to touch it up afterwards. Make sure the bathroom is stocked with:
If the bathroom needs more but you don’t have time before this Christmas season, get the wheels moving on your renovation in the New Year. Popular trends include marble, zellige tiles, free standing tubs, and frameless and Gridscape glass shower doors.
Regardless of where your houseguests will be sleeping, you can welcome them with comfort. Clean, stain-free sheets are a must. In fact, this might be the right time to update your sheets and treat your visitors to pristine white bed linens. You don’t need to provide new comforters and blankets; just make sure everyone has enough bedclothes to stay warm. Adding an accent pillow or fluffy throw makes any bed, sleeper sofa, or air mattress look more charming and inviting! Also, if guests are sleeping in the basement, keep in mind that it might be chilly and offer a space heater.
Once the rooms are clean and inviting, you can add the perfect finishing touches for each guest. It’s best to think about what would be meaningful to the particular friends or relatives who will be visiting. Examples include:
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