1. Clean out your hall closet:
Making room for your guest’s shoes and coats is a great way to make them feel welcome in your home and avoiding a huge mound of coats on the bed in the guest room and a pile of shoes by the door will also keep you from feeling cluttered throughout the day.
While this may seem like a huge undertaking, cleaning out one small closet near your front door will probably only take 30 minutes to an hour at the most and it will be well worth it in the end. Besides, when is the last time you cleaned out that closet anyway?
2. Prepare for unexpected overnight visitors:
While the weather has been amazing for the past few weeks, there is always a chance for a flash blizzard like we had on Halloween. With this being said, preparing extra bed linens, pillows, towels, even a guest room if you have it, and stocking up on extra toothbrushes and toiletries may be a smart move. A pack and play for a toddler or a little rocker for an infant guest might not be a bad idea either.
3. Create a space for the kids:
Lets face it, when the kids are happy, everyone is happy. Making sure that your space is welcoming to children and keeping them entertained is a perfect way to assure the day will be enjoyed by everyone. Defining a space with toys, games, and art supplies for older kids makes them feel special to have their own separate area. If you have some newborns or toddlers coming over make sure you stock up on some extra baby equipment for everyone’s benefit.
Don't forget the high chairs and booster seats for dinner time...
I know your guests are your number one priority during the holidays, but it should also be a relaxing and enjoyable time for you as well. By planning ahead and preparing your home, you'll be able to focus on the important part…enjoying the holidays with your family and friends. Remember, take it one step at a time, you have 2-weeks to get it all done!
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