The holiday season is just around the corner, so it's time to fill your home with holiday cheer and special greetings for those houseguests who come to visit. Our REALTORS® have tips to help you welcome your guests into a home filled with cozy comforts.
Whether your houseguests are visiting for a few days or an overnight stay, welcome them with holiday greetings, a comfortable place to sleep, and special treats that make them feel at home. With some planning, you can be the perfect host and give your houseguests a memorable holiday experience.
Clear out space in the closet
Empty a few dresser drawers
Buy some extra coat hangers
Invest in new bed pillows
Leave a Gift Basket on the Nightstand
Since your houseguests will be relaxing and sleeping in your guest bedroom, personalize the room with a special holiday gift basket or tin. Buy something large enough to hold an assortment of candies, chocolates, nuts, pretzels, chips, and crackers. If you enjoy cooking, bake a batch of homemade cupcakes or muffins. To personalize your gift, include a unique holiday tree ornament and a hand-written note or card welcoming your guests for the holidays and tuck it into the gift basket.
Prepare the Guest Bathroom
Whether your guest bathroom is attached to the bedroom or down the hall, your houseguests need easy access to a clean bathroom with all the essentials. First, clean the floors, the toilet, the bathtub and shower, the sink and countertop, and the mirrors, then put down some non-slip rugs and bath mats. Next, gather some bathroom essentials and place them in a decorative basket:
Clean washcloths and towels
Liquid soap in a dispenser
Shampoo and conditioner
Extra rolls of toilet tissue
Holiday scented candles
Set Up a Self-Serve Coffee Station
You may discover that your holiday houseguests are on a very different daily schedule than you are. While you may enjoy sleeping a little later, your guests may be early morning risers looking for a cup of coffee at the crack of dawn. To make things easier, set up a coffee station in your kitchen with all the essentials for morning coffee next to the coffeemaker.
Stock the Fridge With Drinks and Snacks
As a courtesy to your guests, you should stock your fridge with an assortment of useful items. For easy-to-grab drinks, include bottled water, cans of soda, a gallon of orange juice, and a gallon of milk. For breakfast and light snacks, include bagels, English muffins, deviled eggs, assorted cheeses, and a variety of fruit like apples, oranges, and grapefruits.
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