7 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

When we think of Thanksgiving Day, we think of sharing a delicious feast with friends and family. But those who have friends and relatives visiting from out of town often have to share a lot more than just turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie; they have to share their homes.

Having house guests can be a stressful experience for some. However, if you prepare in advance, you can make the experience easier and more enjoyable. Here's how:

  1. Make room. Create a separate room or guest room for your visitors, allowing them to have their own private space. Make sure the space is clean and the sheets are washed. Consider putting fresh flowers on the nightstand.
  2. Stock up. Be sure to stock the guest room with the things your guests will need, such as towels and washcloths, as well as toiletries, such as shampoo, soap, and toothpaste.
  3. Give them some space. You can make your guests feel more welcome if they don't have to live out of their suitcases. Open up drawer space in a bureau or clear out room in the closet for them to hang clothes. You might also consider giving them space in the bathroom vanity for toiletries.
  4. Share the comforts of home. If you have a Wi-Fi password, write it down for your guests. Also, place books and magazines bedside for their enjoyment. Always have ample pillows and extra blankets around and make sure they have proper lighting, including a nightlight.
  5. Give a quick tour. When your guests arrive, show them where they will be staying and where they can find the things they need. Invite them to help themselves to drinks in the refrigerator or snacks in the pantry.
  6. Provide a schedule. Tell your guests when meals will be served and what activities you have planned, so they can prepare in advance.
  7. Leave some treats. If you really want to make your guests feel welcome, put some special treats, such as chocolates on their pillows each evening.
  8. Declutter. Keep the living space free from clutter, including children's toys or laundry. Nothing is more unwelcoming than having your guest trip on a toy.

Of course, the most important thing you can do is to relax. Understand that things won't be perfect, especially if you have kids in the house. Your guests are there for a reason — to spend time with you and your family. Make the most of their visit.

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