It happens to us every year and always seems to sneak up out of nowhere. The holidays are a wonderful time to get a chance to see your family, have some wonderful dinners together and find out what has been going on with everyone’s individual families. It can be one of the best times of the year that is, unless everyone is coming to your house this year. Here are a few ideas to help you get your house ready for all the cheerful company.
Your first step to getting your home ready for a bunch of guests should be to attack the clutter. This is a perfect way to start out your holiday season and you can do it well in advance. Make sure all those items you’ve been storing in the guest room have been gone through and tossed or put into storage. Work your way through all the high traffic areas first, as you never know when someone unexpected will stop by. After you have removed clutter and excess junk from your home you can follow with organization.
It can be terribly easy to get caught up in trying to become very detailed with your organizational plans but now is not the time to do so. You should instead choose to go think of this step as a ‘roughing in.’ Chances are you’re going to go over everything in the days before guests arrive anyhow. At this stage of the process it’s a good idea to go through every closet and cupboard and get it ‘quickly presentable.’ This can be done with storage totes for seasonal or rarely used items for a speedy solution.
A Solid Deep Clean
Once everything is organized give the home a thorough deep cleaning. This is the time you want to dust the house from top to bottom and mop everything by hand. The better you do with your deep cleaning before guests arrive the easier it will be to give the house a quick shine the day before. This is a great time to go through your refrigerator and get it in top shape as well as the freezer. Don’t forget to do the same with bathroom cupboards.
The Week Before Arrival
Now that you’ve hit a countdown till everyone gets there it’s a good time to do some finalizing. Get all your laundry caught up and out of the way in case your guests need to make use of your washer and dryer. Make sure all the towels you have are clean and in their proper place as there is a good chance they will be needed. Clean the linens in the guest room and get them ready. It’s also not a bad idea to have an empty dresser in the guest room so that your family has a spot to place all their clothing easily. This is also the perfect opportunity to pick up any essential items you tend to run out of. Paper towels, paper plates and toilet paper are the first items that come to mind. You should also get a couple of extra toothbrushes, hair brushes and toothpaste. These items are easily forgotten in the packing process and can be a nice way of welcoming your guests to a relaxing home.
The Day Before
This is the perfect time to make sure everything is ready. In this situation it is best to start with the bathroom and kitchen as these are the two rooms of the home that are going to receive the most traffic. Depending on how long your guests are staying, these areas will also need tending while your home is full.