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How to Prepare your Home for Holiday Guests

3 minute read, by Closet America, on Dec 2, 2015

Thanksgiving might be over, but there’s still plenty of holiday cheer left in the year. And if you’re like most others, chances are you’ll be hosting someone—or a group of people—this holiday season. But don’t get your Christmas stockings in a knot just yet. We’ve put together a list of a few essentials you’ll need when hosting overnight guests.

Read our tips below to make sure your home is merry and bright for one or many this holiday season.

Deck the Hall(ways)

When prepping for holiday guests, remember to give a little TLC to the exterior of your home and the entryway as well, as it’s the first thing they—or Santa—will see upon arriving at their home away from home.

Simple touches, like a wreath or tasteful lights, can elevate any front door and entryway. Hang jackets and scarves on hooks, stash purses in a cubby or nook, and place shoes on a rack.

To make your guests feel even more at home, clear off a few hooks and spaces on the rack in preparation for their arrival. Having a place to store their belongings will make them feel like part of your family.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

For the guestroom, start by choosing a warm color palette, and keep decorations to a minimum. Provide extra pillows for comfort, and an additional blanket or lightweight throw to make sure your guests don’t get chilly at night.

Little touches go a long way too. Dress the bedside table with a small vase filled with fresh flowers, a few book options to choose from, and a small snack they can munch on. For those tech-savvy relatives, have the Wi-Fi password printed on a card and have an outlet strip available for extra cords.

Don’t have a spare room? Consider an inflatable air mattress that can be rolled up or tucked away under the bed.

All I Want Is My Two Front Teeth

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out those hotel shampoo bottles you’ve collected over the years. Take advantage of your assortment and put together a basket of the essentials—toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and razor—to replace any forgotten items. 

Make sure you clear off some counter space or a side dresser for guests to set aside their toiletries as well, and consider assigning different colored towels to each so there’s no confusion amongst guests.

Making a List, Checking it Twice

Before your guests arrive, stock your pantry with plenty of warm beverages to choose from like assorted coffees, teas, and hot chocolate. You’ll also want to have plenty of wine, beer, and soft drinks for any last minute celebrations.

Because the holiday season is prime time for treats, be sure to have plenty of holiday goodies on hand for those with a sweet tooth. Assorted nuts and dried fruits like apricots are also a great addition to any holiday dessert tray.

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Whether you’re hosting your family for a week, or just a few overnight guests, we at Closet America know a thing or two about making the most of your space. From stocked pantries to an organized entryway, taking the time to prepare your home is a sure way to make your beloved guests feel welcome.

Make the most of this holiday season by opening your doors—and maybe the chimney—to your loved ones and friends. Just be sure to have a few extra blankets laid out around the house.

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