Clean to Make a Good Impression
Make sure your home is as clean as possible and maintained throughout their stay. Start by cleaning the most trafficked areas of your home, such as your living room, kitchen, and mudroom. In addition to typical cleaning tasks such as vacuuming and dusting, look in spots that aren’t always addressed in your regular home cleaning. For example, dust on the ceiling fans or on top of tall furnishings. Pay special attention to the doorways, as the grooves at the base and the welcome mat area can become unsightly and unclean with time.
Reorganize Your Home
A simple reorganization of furniture can create a lot more space for guests to settle in and feel at home for a few days. Start by assessing where you think guests will be spending the most time outside of the bedroom – usually the living room, kitchen, dining room, and bathrooms. If these areas don’t have enough seating, add some. Vice versa, if the areas are too cramped, reorganize the room to be more spacious and open.
Provide Guests with Their Own Space
In the guest rooms, take clothes out of dressers and store them elsewhere to make room for your guest’s clothing. Having to constantly rummage through a suitcase for a weekend can get tiresome, so allowing guests the room to spread out and store things will make them feel more at home. Additionally, ensure bathrooms are fully stocked, plenty of food available in the fridge, and that your guests have everything they need to be comfortable for a few days.
At the end of the day, the holidays should be spent anticipating your guests instead of stressing over them. Take a deep breath and stick to your plan. If you do, you’ll have no problem exceeding your guests’ expectations!