The holidays are a season of hospitality with many people welcoming extended family members into their homes for some or all of the festivities. You don’t need a full guest suite to keep your visitors comfortable during their stay. Use these simple tricks to make any part of the house a cozy hideaway for your relatives, no matter how big or small.
Freshen Up the Guest Bath
The guest bathroom is one of the most important areas to touch up before relatives visit. Give this area a thorough cleaning with sweet-smelling products, so it’s fresh and polished rather than bleach-soaked and acrid. Launder everything from the rugs and bath mats to decorative hand towels. Supply your guests with a handful of essentials, such as travel-size toiletries, clean fluffy towels, extra toilet paper, and a fresh bar or full bottle of hand soap. Keep things smelling fresh with a scented candle, bowl of potpourri, or similar strategy. Tidy Up Their Sleeping Space
If you have a guest room, you can create a luxurious sleeping space
with all the comforts of a hotel. However, you can make something as simple as a fold-out couch feel special with touches like crisp clean sheets, an assortment of pillows, and layered blankets, so they can get as cozy as they like.
Eliminate clutter in the area where your guests are staying.
Make sure there are empty hangers for their clothes, clear end tables for belongings, and an open outlet or power strip, so they can easily plug in their chargers. Set out a few recent magazines for convenient entertainment, and place some movies or a channel guide by the television.
Inspect for Drafts
No one like sleeping in a drafty space, particularly with the brisk winter weather that typically descends around the holidays. Look for drafts around your home to keep your guests safe from pesky cold spots. Light a stick of incense and move along the windows, doors, and walls. If the smoke is pulled in a particular area, this is a strong sign of an air leak. Seal leaks around non-moving parts, like baseboards and window frames, with caulk. Use weather stripping around moving elements like windows and doors. Sealing leaks and properly insulating
your home will improve your energy efficiency and keep guests happy.
Stock Simple Snacks Don’t leave your guests wondering woefully when you’ll serve the next meal. Everyone has a different eating schedule, and you can most easily accommodate your visitors by keeping a stockpile of easy snacks
on hand and encouraging them to help themselves. Prepare cut fruits and vegetables, bake muffins, or fill a shelf with packages of peanut butter crackers. Keep an assortment of beverages handy as well, with your relatives’ personal preferences in mind.
With a little planning, you can create a warm and welcoming home that your relatives will love spending time in. Let the holiday spirit fill your space with cheer, and offer your visitors a relaxing escape from their own lives during this special time of the year.