Christmas is a time when friends and families gather together. Having your loved ones in your home can be lovely, yet fraught. If you are expecting visitors this Christmas then now is the time to start preparing your home, so you can relax and enjoy their company.
Prepare your kitchen
The kitchen is the place where guests tend to gather. You will want to make sure your kitchen is clutter-free, so there is plenty of space to prepare food, even after people have put down gifts of wine and nibbles.
If you have people staying, then creating somewhere obvious to prepare breakfast will help them and you out. Ensure teabags are easy to find, and the toaster is obvious.
Similarly, if you are entertaining in the evening, then you may wish to set up a bar area, so people can help themselves and add their own bottles.
Blitz the spare bedroom
Ensure your spare bedroom has been freshened up, especially if you don’t use it often. You may wish to launder the linen and spare towels if they have been sitting in the cupboard for a while. If you use your spare room for storage, see if you can move your belongings elsewhere, so there is lots of space for your guests to feel at home. Make sure you know where any spare bedding or sleeping bags are, in case of last minute overnight guests.
Stock up on essentials
If you have lots of people in the house, the last thing you want to do is to run out of soap or toilet paper. Keep plenty spare and make sure your guests can find anything they need. It is amazing how quickly things run out with just a few extra people around using them.
Space for coats and umbrellas
Make sure your hallway or entrance is clear and ready to take plenty of coats, boots and umbrellas. Move any of your belongings that you won’t use out the way, so guests can hang their coats.
If you are expecting guests during inclement weather, keep a bucket by the door for wet umbrellas so they don’t ruin your carpet or make your floor slippery.
Many people don’t need an excuse to whip out the fairy lights and this is certainly the case during the Christmas holidays. Christmas lights don’t have to cost too much and if you don’t want to go overboard with complicated outdoor decorations, you can pick up some small battery powered lights, suitable for outdoor use, that will add to the Christmas feel as your guests arrive. Play with the lighting and have some fun creating a warm and Christmassy atmosphere.