company can be full of the unexpected. Your niece became
a vegetarian. Scented laundry detergent irritates your
momís skin. Since when? You can minimize stress and
make your holiday guests feel more at home with some
donning the holiday host hat, use this checklist to get
your house in tiptop shape.
you donít have time for a deep clean, focus on the
areas visitors will see and use. If no one has used the
guest room since last year, thereís a chance a thick
layer of dust has settled on surfaces.
for burnt out bulbs, especially on the homeís
exterior. Consider some night-lights or touch-lights in
the hallway. Sure, you can navigate your home in total
darkness, but your guests canít.
out the welcome mat. Place a coatrack near the door or
make sure thereís room in a nearby closet.
the guest bedroom.
the bedding need to be spruced? Alarm clock need to be
set to the right time? Putting a fabric softener sheet
in the pillowcases helps freshen them up quickly before
extra blankets at the foot of the bed. Consider leaving
some towels on the bed so your guests donít have to
search for them.
the guest bathroom.
up on toiletries. If you usually keep the toilet paper
in a cabinet, consider filling a basket with a few
towels and washcloths somewhere visible. Place a basket
on the countertop for your guestsí bathroom supplies.
your guests if they have any dietary restrictions so you
can be sure to buy goodies suitable for everyone.
are few things worse than being the first person awake
at someoneís home and not knowing where they keep the
coffee. Create a coffee station with everything your
guests will need: filters, grounds or beans, mugs,
spoons and sugar.
you can set your machine on a timer, program it to make
a fresh pot early in the morning, or at least get it to
the point where all your company has to do is press
a variety of books and magazines on the guest room
a to-do list.
a list of interesting sights, restaurants, bars and
coffee shops, so your guests can get the local
forget to provide a key and the alarm code if your
visitors will be venturing off on their own.
is your opportunity to make things pretty. Pull out the
decorations. Cut some fresh flowers to place in vases.
Leave snacks or mints on the end table.
forget the grand tour.
this time to show the guests the coffee station,
supplies in the bathroom, and where you keep your dishes
and snacks. These steps will ensure your guests feel
comfortable in your home.