It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just right around the corner! If you have been shopping at all for the last month and a half, you may have thought they were here already! We saw our first Christmas decorations about six weeks ago! That would have been the end of AUGUST!!! Good grief! Anyway, now that the big holidays are in sight, it’s a good time to take stock and determine if you are ready for guests, both planned and drop-ins! Holidays can be stressful so if you can check off the following items now that will make for less stress later.
1. Do you have a space designated for guests to sleep? If not, think through now where you would have your overnight guests bunk to avoid last minute shuffling that may make your guests feel like they are a burden.
2. If you have a guest room, are the sheets fresh? Do you have some nice extras available like a few books, a couple of newer magazines, etc? It’s also nice to have a clock in the room and maybe some fresh flowers for a nice extra touch!
3. How about your guest bath? Are fresh towels available? Do you have extra items available that people tend to forget when they travel like razors, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other basic toiletry items? Place these items in a cute basket on the counter for easy access. Maybe add some special soaps or lotions for a special touch.
4. How about the food and beverage department? Now is a good time to watch for sales and stock up on bottled water, snack foods, soda, and coffee. Does anyone have food allergies? Not sure, find out early so you have things on hand to accommodate anyone with special dietary needs. Again, the goal is to make everyone feel welcome and no one feel like you’re having to go to extra trouble for them.
5. If you are having your guests bunk on a blow-up mattress, is it in working order with no leaks? What you want to avoid is finding that out at midnight when you’re blowing it up for your guests or worse yet the next morning when you found out they spent the night sinking to the floor on a leaking mattress!
*Guest Tip: If you know you have guests coming, it’s a nice idea to give them a little goodie bag or basket that has some of their favorite things in it. Ideas: Magazines, bottled water, favorite candy or snack items. Doesn’t have to be big or fancy but just adds a nice extra touch to let them know how special as you think they are!
The biggest trick I have learned over the years for less stressful holiday visits is to simply do as much ahead of time as possible. Think through all the things you need to do, make a list and knock in out a few things at a time each week up to holiday time. Taking on smaller amounts make even the longest to-do list seem much easier to accomplish! This way when your guests arrive, you will be able to enjoy the time with them and not have to worry about anything other than having fun!
Now, what will you do next to love where you live?