How to Get Your Home Guest-Ready for the Holidays

The holidays are around the corner and with them comes friends and family to visit. If you’re not heading out of town for Christmas, it’s likely you’ll be expecting a few overnight guests. It can be easy to let all the cleaning and preparations become overwhelming, but fear not. With a few decorating ideas, organizational tips, and a little planning, you and your guests will be rocking around the Christmas tree.

7 Ways to Get Your Home Holiday Ready


Prep the Porch

Christmas holiday porch

Set the tone by outfitting your front porch with cheery holiday decorations. Whether you prefer a subtle nod with a festive door mat or a fully decorated scene decked out with Christmas garlands, wreaths, and lights, your front porch is the perfect opportunity to set the mood when your guests arrive.


Maximize Storage Space

Storage bench for guest in bedroom

Having a place to store personal items and tuck away suitcases will help keep guestrooms tidy. Whether they’re traveling light or plan to stay a few days, provide guests with ample storage to accommodate their things. Consider a storage bench for the foot of the bed, nightstands with drawers or cabinets, and free closet space to hang clothes and store suitcases.


Amp up the Ambiance

Dining room decorated for Christmas

Treat your guests to a warm, inviting space by amping up the holiday ambiance. Toss cozy throws on living room furniture, light candles, and add festive touches around the house like string lights, garlands, and wreaths to get your guests in the holiday spirit.


Provide Amenities

Coffee maker and breakfast for holiday guest

Create a coffee or breakfast station where guests can accommodate themselves without having to wake you or spend all morning searching for what they need. If you choose to create an in-room coffee station, keep it simple with a Keurig or other 1-cup coffee maker and a variety of coffee pod flavors. For a kitchen station, provide instructions if you have an unconventional coffee system.


Stock Up on Guest Essentials

Guest bathroom toiletries and towels

Keep your guest room and guest bathroom stocked with essential toiletry items. Prepare to have at least two fluffy towels, one washcloth, and one hand towel per guest. Stock up on inexpensive toiletry essentials like toothbrushes, bath soap, shampoo, and floss, so guests don’t have to run out to the store if they have forgotten something. For an extra touch, consider including a few fluffy bathrobes for your guests to make their stay even more relaxing.


Refresh Your Spare Bedroom

Christmas decorated spare bedroom for guest

Give your guests a relaxing night’s sleep with thoughtfully layered bedding. Use high thread-count sheet, bedspread, duvet, and a throw blanket to give your guests sleeping options. A mattress pad, like down or down alternative, is a great way to amp up the comfort level of your guest bed. Don’t forget comfortable, supportive pillows. Medium-fill hypoallergenic pillows with cotton or down-alternative fill will provide great support for most sleepers.


Create Extra Sleeping Space

Air mattress for your holiday gues

If sleeping space is limited or you don’t have a spare bedroom, you can still create a comfortable place for your guests to sleep with the use of an air mattress. Start by setting up your air bed against a sofa or wall to create a supportive headboard. Use a mattress topper for extra comfort, and then layer on bedding using quality sheets, blankets, and supportive pillows.  Check out How to Make Your Air Mattress More Comfortable for more ideas on creating an ultra-comfy air bed.

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