7 Ways to Prep Your Home for the Holidays
The holiday season also means holiday guests... which, in turn, means time to get your house, especially your guest room, in order. It goes without saying that a good cleaning will be on the top of your to-do list, but to truly make your home comfortable and inviting, there's a lot more holiday prep you can do.
To ensure you're guest bedroom and entire home are ready for your special visitors, we're here to help. Here are our top holiday prep tips for your home:
Make Your Home Safe
If it's snowing outside, shovel and deice the walkway. Replace old light bulbs and add lighting where necessary to ensure no one is fumbling in the dark. If your guests will include toddlers and infants, store away dangerous objects, childproof outlets, cabinets, and more. Also, if your tub or shower is slippery, install a rubber mat.
Free up outlets for guests to charge their phones. Clear out some room in your guest room closet and drawers so guests have a place to store clothing and personal items. Create some accommodations for their toiletries (such as a small basket on the sink), and leave some open hooks on the coat rack.
For starters, replenish your supply of hand soap, toilet paper, and paper towels. Even if you drink your coffee black, your guests may take theirs with cream and sugar, so keep some on hand. Buy plenty of snacks and drinks, making for an easy grab if someone is hungry or thirsty. An extra thoughtful idea is to purchase some travel-sized toothpaste and deodorant, plus disposable razors, shaving cream, floss, shampoo, soap, etc. in the event a guest forgot something. You can also leave a small kit of essentials on the guest bed, so they don't even have to ask.
Provide Comfortable Bedding (and Mattress)
There's a reason why people say they miss “sleeping in their own bed" when they travel. While you can't replicate the comfort and peaceful feeling they experience in their own home, you can make the guest bedroom a little more comfy with the best guest bed. Hypoallergenic linens and sheets, supportive pillows, and a comfortable, supportive mattress can help ensure your guests sleep soundly. If you're expecting young children or a guest with incontinence issues, installing mattress protection can help prevent damage — plus a mattress protector will prevent allergens, dust mites and more from building up in your mattress.
More people equals less space. To help prevent your guests from feeling cramped, find ways to reduce clutter. For example, remove unnecessary kitchen items from the counter tops and place them in the cabinets. Also, store summer-related items in the garage, put away shoes, recycle old magazines and newspapers, plus organize your desk, shelves, and coffee table.
Make Your Home Functional
Some of your guests may stay up late or be early risers. Ensure they have what they need to keep themselves occupied when others are asleep. This can include reading lights, WiFi access, and a TV in their room. Consider upgrading your cable package for the holiday season so there are plenty of channels to choose from. A bedside alarm clock may also be helpful to keep them on schedule if their wake up times differ from yours.
Make Your Home Festive
With all the effort you put into de-cluttering, you don't want to fill your space with a bunch of knick-knacks. That said, a tasteful holiday accent here and there, plus some fresh-cut flowers, can certainly help put your guests in the holiday spirit!
So, what is the best mattress for a guest room? Look for a mattress with a medium firmness to accommodate most sleepers, and check out this list of the best guest mattresses to add to your home. While you can't replicate your guests home, you can take a few extra steps to ensure their stay is welcoming and comfortable this holiday season.