The holiday season is quickly approaching, and with it comes the inevitable influx of guests. Whether you’re hosting your family for Thanksgiving or Christmas or having friends over to celebrate New Year’s Eve, it can be a stressful time that ends up leaving us broke (or close to it). This article will walk you through some tips on how to prep your home for holiday guests so that you can enjoy this year’s festivities without breaking the bank.
Tips to Declutter Your Home
The day before holiday guests arrive is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out closets. Preparing your home early is key to a stress-free holiday season. First, start by clearing out the clutter. If you have a spare bedroom that you’re not using as an actual guest room, consider making it into one for this holiday season. Do you have room for everyone? Are there empty hangers and enough space on shelves to store all of their clothes? These are all vital questions to cover when decluttering and welcoming holiday guests.
It’s also essential to keep your bathroom decluttered, so guests always have enough room and towels. Keep up with laundry by washing sheets and towels before guests arrive, and be sure to check for enough toilet paper.
Next, think about food prep areas. Make sure that counters are clear before guests arrive. If they need access to a refrigerator during their stay, make sure it is clean and organized. If you have a pantry, clear out store-bought items so guests can use the space as they need to.
You can do this all at once or in stages; however, the most important thing is to ensure you don’t leave any clutter behind for your guests. When they come over during the holiday season, they should feel like your home was made just for them and that it’s a place where they’ll always be welcome.
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Prep Food For Holidays
Cooking ahead is one of the best ways to save money during the holidays. Prepare meals before guests arrive so you can focus on other things. For example, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, make sure your home is ready first and then turn your attention toward cooking a feast (or hiring someone else to do it). This also means buying food in bulk if possible to save money and stocking up on groceries early.
When it comes to stocking your pantry, take stock of what you already have before buying duplicate items. There’s nothing worse than hosting a crowd and running out of ingredients because someone forgot they were low on sugar at home! Double-check your grocery list to make sure you already have all of the ingredients needed.
Are you hosting New Year’s Eve? Make sure your home is ready for guests first, and then prepare dishes like champagne cocktails or appetizers ahead of time so you can enjoy celebrating and being in the moment rather than putting out other fires.
Quick Meal Prep Ideas
Preparing meals ahead of time is a great way to save money and reduce stress during the holidays. Check out these quick meal prep ideas below for some inspiration:
- Make a large pot of chili or soup that can be frozen into individual servings. That way, you can just pop it onto the stove and serve quickly without any of the fuss.
- Enchiladas are another great option. You can make them in bulk, wrap and freeze them individually and then just pop them in the oven when needed.
- Make cookie dough (and freeze it) or slice fruit like bananas and oranges for easy access during snacktime.
- Stock up easy breakfast items like cereal, oatmeal packets, and yogurt cups, so you don’t have to worry about whipping up a giant (often, messy!) breakfast.
- Stock your fridge with beverages like water, juice boxes, and milk. Use colorful straws to make the drinks festive for guests too!
- Make enough mashed potatoes or stuffing, so you have leftovers after your dinner is over. This way, it’s already prepared when company arrives later in the day (and you don’t need to worry about cooking again).
- For vegetarians, salads prep ahead of time is a great way to save time. Make enough to have leftovers after your dinner — then just toss the salad together when guests arrive for lunch/dinner later in the day.
- For meat-eaters, marinating meat and even making a rub ahead of time can help take your meal prep to the next level. Bonus: the longer meat marinates, the better it tastes!
Meal prepping for your upcoming holiday guests is a great way to alleviate the stress that arises when hosting at your home. Don’t forget to clean and put away clutter as you cook, so you don’t have a mess to tackle at the end of the night! Meals are also for connecting and catching up with your guests, so don’t forget to be in the moment and appreciate your special time together as well.
Guest Bed Room Ideas
Your guests will likely be looking forward to spending time in your guest bedroom after long travels and an evening of family and libations. Ensure their comfort by keeping the room clean, free of clutter, and ready for overnight stays, as well as utilizing these tips below:
- By providing clean and ample towels, sheets, and pillows at their disposal, guests will feel at ease and ready to turn in for the night. It is important to have these readily available in the guest room so they don’t feel like they’re inconveniencing you with their requests at the end of the night.
- Clear out the closet space that you don’t often use to make room for overnight guests’ luggage as well. The guest bedroom should be clean at all times, so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice as holiday guests are sometimes unexpected, so it’s best always to be prepared.
- Ensure your guest bedroom has ample lighting, so it’s easy to see at night. Also, keep the blinds closed during the day and open them up at night so that natural sunlight can fill the room. These are just a couple of simple tips to brighten up the energy of your room and make guests feel extra welcome and comfortable.
- Ensure the guest bedroom is stocked with extra toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. This will make your guests feel comfortable during their stay (and ensure they don’t go home feeling unkempt). You can even put out an assortment of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash, so everyone’s needs are met.
By keeping the guest bedroom clean, decluttered, stocked, and ready at a moment’s notice, you’ll be sure your guests have everything they need to relax and enjoy their stay with you.
Space Saving Bed Alternatives
When you’re expecting holiday guests, it might feel like there’s not enough room in your home to accommodate everyone. If this sounds familiar, consider opting for space-saving bed alternatives that are ideal for when you have company over.
- An air mattress provides convenience because it inflates and deflates quickly, and it can be placed anywhere in the house (even on a hardwood floor). Air mattresses also come in various sizes and, when paired with comfortable comforters/blankets and pillows, are often an excellent replacement for a proper bed.
- A foldable bed is another great option for when you need to make space. Foldaway beds are perfect as they don’t require much storage space during non-use periods and are often made of soft and comfortable material. They are also great alternatives for children and are great for slumber parties!
- Another bed alternative is a sleeper sofa, which can turn any room into a guest bedroom. When it’s time for guests to leave, you simply fold up the couch and turn any sleeping space into a seating area in mere moments. This space-saving option can come in handy if you have a small house or apartment.
These space-saving bed alternatives are great for any holiday guests you may be expecting (or not expecting!) They’re also hugely beneficial if your home happens to be on the smaller side as well. Air mattresses and foldaway beds have a long lifespan, so investing in quality mattress alternatives will always help you out in the long run.
The holidays don’t have to be stressful or painful on expenses if you prepare early. By cooking ahead, stocking up early, and keeping the guest bedroom in shape, you can guarantee that your home will be a welcoming environment for your guests!
With these tasks in place, your holiday season will surely be a memorable one.
Happy Holidays 🙂