How to Get Your Home Ready for the Christmas Guests

The holiday season offers families one of the few opportunities to get together and spend quality time with each other. With Christmas just around the corner, many of you will be wondering how you can arrange your current setup to manage the extra guests. Here’s are a few tips to make sure you’re ready for when the time comes.
Start by Getting Organised
The first step to hosting any kind of event is making sure you’re organised. Try and get a firm idea about exactly how many people will be attending. To be on the safe side, you might want to slightly overstock to compensate for any unexpected guests. Spread your shopping out over a few trips rather than trying to do everything at once. This will make sure you have plenty of time to pick up any items you forgot on your initial trip. Any preparation should be done ahead of time so that you can spend as much time as possible with your guests.

Make Sure There’s Enough Space around the Table
The dining table is an integral part of any home. Often times, it’s the only place that the family will come together each day and have a chance to talk. At Christmas, this becomes even more important as family members, sometimes from far afield, make the effort to visit. One of the biggest hurdles is making sure there’s enough space for everyone to sit comfortably. An extendable table is perfect for the job.
You can choose to extend it when you have any extra family members over, or you can keep it compact throughout the rest of the year when it isn’t in use.
Preparing the Spare Room
If you have friends or family staying over for the holiday period, you’ll want to make sure that the room they’re staying in is ready in time. In fact, even if none of your guests plan to spend the night, it might be worthwhile to prepare for it anyway. This is especially the case if your party tends to last until the later hours of the night, and alcohol is involved. Understandably, rooms that aren’t used very often can easily amass a lot of dust so give it a thorough vacuuming and enough time to air.
Don’t spend too much time worrying about the minor details, though, as your guests will be more concerned about spending time with you.  In our case, our spare room has become a dumping ground for anything I need to find a home for, over the next few weeks I will be continuing to sort this out, binning anything which hasn’t been used in more than a year, rehoming items such as suitcases and our Christmas tree to the loft and making a few trips to the dump to get rid of the old cot and mattresses which have accumulated in there as somewhere in the back of that room is a spare bed.
If you don’t have a spare room, the kid’s rooms could be used for guest – although if anything like my kid’s rooms you’ll need to remove the hundreds of teddies from the beds first.
Are you already preparing for the holidays? Are you hosting Christmas this year or are you heading out?


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