According to recent statistics, in the UK, a whopping 92% of Brits are planning to celebrate Christmas this year. As such, as the festive season rolls around again, you might find yourself prepping your home for some visitors.
Whether your guests sleep over or just pop around for Christmas nibbles, here are some tips that’ll have your home ready for visitors in no time.
Add some ambience
Start by putting up some indoor fairy lights to give your home a warm, investing glow. By making it cosy, you’re creating an environment that’s conducive to relaxing. Whether you choose battery-powered lights to save electricity or plug them into the mains, your guests are sure to love visiting your comfortable abode.
Try to declutter and clean
Even though your friends and family love you no matter what, they probably don’t want to sit amongst your filth!
Ahead of the big day, start by having a thorough declutter. Spend time in each room and get rid of any piles of clothes, paperwork or home accessories that are unneeded. Once you’ve got a pile of items you no longer need, recycle them or give them to charity.
Once your clutter is banished, go around and give your home a deep clean to make it sparkle. Then over the festive period, you can just do touch-ups before guests arrive.
Wash the bedding in the guest room
Make sure you’re prepared for any visitors if they show up unannounced.
Strip the bed in the spare room and put on some clean, crisp sheets. Then, top things off with some nice cushions and blankets for that oh-so-luxurious feel.
Check you have enough tableware
As you’ll be hosting more people than normal, make sure you have enough tableware. Count your glasses, mugs, plates, bowls and cutlery to ensure there’s plenty to go around.
If not, you might want to invest in some more unless you plan on being glued to the sink, washing up for the entire visit!
If money is tight and buying more isn’t an option, why not invest in some recyclable paper plates to see you through the bigger gatherings?
Cater to dietary requirements
Whether you’ve got vegan, gluten-free or lactose-intolerant friends, it’s good etiquette to check for dietary requirements before guests arrive.
Not only does this put their mind at ease, but it will ensure you don’t have any surprises on the day.
Now that you’ve done all the planning, it’s time to sit back, relax and be present in the moment. Although it’s good to be prepared for visitors, the most important thing is enjoying time with your loved ones.
So, try not to stress about whether your house is clean enough or if you’ve nailed the menu – people will have fun regardless.