Declutter your Space
While picking up your space may seem like an easy task, do not put it off until the last minute. A few weeks before your gathering, remove unnecessary items from your living room and kitchen. You will need as much counter space as possible for your upcoming holiday festivities. Whether you need room on the kitchen counter for cooking or a coffee table cleared for your guests' drinks, take care of these non-time sensitive tasks first.
Install Outdoor Lighting
Although you may find it easy to navigate your way to the front door of your home, your guests may not feel the same way, especially if they do not frequent your home often. Ensure your porch light works properly to help illuminate the front door, directing guests where to enter. Also consider adding landscape lighting along your walkway to help your friends and family make their way to your home. Even if your holiday party starts during daylight hours, additional lights can help as your guests exit your home in the dark.
Designate a Space for Guest Items
Creating a space for guests to store their items once they enter your house can help them feel as if their belongings are out of the way and stowed away for safe keeping throughout their stay. If you have a closet near your entryway, consider cleaning this space out for guest coats and bags. Another place to store items is a spare bedroom. A helpful hint- add a bench to your entryway if you want guests to remove their shoes when entering your home.
Add Seating to the Gathering Space
Additional seating may be needed when you have guests for the holidays. Whether your group tends to gather in the kitchen or living room, you may need to add chairs to accommodate to the added number of people in your home.
Whether it be baking supplies or toiletries, you do not want to rush out for a necessity while you have guests in your home. The last thing you want is to find out you are low on toilet paper when there is family staying the weekend in your home. Stock up on supplies before the holiday approaches. Your mind may be filled with a to-do list, and grabbing extra items may slip your mind. Make a complete list for groceries and other household supplies that you may need during your guests’ stay.
Now that you know a few methods to help prepare your home for the upcoming holiday gatherings you are hosting, you may be inspired to start getting your space ready for company now! Whether you are hosting a party in your new house or have a long-standing tradition of the holidays at your home, Eagle’s Nest Realty knows the importance of preparing your home for the holidays. Your trusted real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks wish you and yours a happy holiday season!