Having houseguests during the Holiday season is part of the family tradition for many of us. But just because the houseguests have leisure time doesn’t mean the hostess has the same luxury. Holiday houseguests mean an increased workload on the hostess during an already hectic time. These tips will help to make Holiday houseguests, and you, comfortable so everyone can be happy.
Spend a Night in Guest Room Before Holiday Houseguests Arrive
The guest room may look good to you, but to experience it the way Holiday houseguests will, spend a night in the guest room. You may be surprised by a scratchy blanket, drafty window or traffic noise in the guest room. Repair, replace and update so houseguests will be more comfortable and sleep late so you can sleep late too.
Add Some Extras for Houseguests
Add a few extra touches to the guest bedroom and bathroom. An alarm clock, television, magazines or books in the guest bedroom and favorite toiletries in the guest bathroom are welcomed extras for houseguests. Plus, the hostess is not having to spend time scavenging around finding such items on-demand.
Create Space for Houseguests
Houseguests come with baggage and they need space to put their stuff. Create space in the guest room closet for suitcases and clothing, empty a dresser and clear off surface space on nightstand, dresser and bathroom vanity. Creating space in the entryway for coats, boots and other outer wear will keep the items from being tossed onto furniture.
Place Entertainment Options in Plain View
The more your Holiday houseguests entertain themselves, the less entertaining you’ll have to do. Place various types of entertainment like board games, card games and DVDs in plain view for houseguests to enjoy on their own. If houseguests love to cook give them a tour of your kitchen so they will know where to find everything. If hiking is their sport, provide maps of nearby hiking trials.
Do a Pre-Holiday Houseguest Inventory
Do you have enough of the basic necessities such as serving dishes, drinking glasses, washcloths, towels and bed sheets? By doing a pre-Holiday houseguest inventory you’ll know what you lack and can keep an eye out for needed items to go on sale. If there will be more Holiday houseguests than beds, borrow air mattresses or sleeping bags ahead of time to use as make-shift beds.