One of the best parts of the holiday season is the time that you get to spend hosting people in your home. You may be hosting HomeExchange guests for the first time this season, or you might be a seasoned holiday host, but preparing for guests can be stressful. This guide will provide you with quick and easy tips to help make your home comfortable and safe for you and your guests to enjoy this season.

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Your Guide to Comfortably and Safely Hosting During the Holidays

Prepare Ahead of Time

Since you know you will be hosting for the holidays, it is an excellent idea to get a head start on preparing your home for guests. This can mean a handful of things based on you and your home. A great place to begin is with a deep cleaning of rooms and items that you may otherwise forget about. Take time to wash all of your linens, scrub down your appliances, and mop the floors in high traffic areas. Especially during the pandemic, take the time to do a last-minute clean with antibacterial wipes. Let your guests know the extra measures you have taken, and they will certainly appreciate the effort you put into their arrival.

Another great way to prepare ahead of time is to stock up on supplies. It’s not uncommon for guests to forget items once and awhile, and having extras on deck can save everyone from an unnecessary trip to the store. Consider putting together an emergency kit with spare toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and body wash. You should also prepare a first aid kit full of over-the-counter essentials in case of an accident; it is better to be safe than sorry!

Establish House Rules

You may be thinking to yourself that the words “party” and “rules” do not exactly go hand-in-hand. However, it is important that you take the time to set boundaries with your guests so that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time. If there are rooms that are off-limits, you are a shoes-off household, or you have designated areas for items, be sure to communicate that with your guests.

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Plan for Overnight Accommodations

Make sure you have room for everyone to sleep comfortably. Transforming a room in your home to have dual functionality is both practical and easy. If you are on the market for a living room face-lift, consider researching affordable couches that are comfortable enough to sleep on, or specify your search to those that also have a pullout bed. Doing so can instantly transform your living space from a cozy room to gather in, to a perfect place to count some sheep. Even sectional style sofas can function as a place for guests depending on the size of your room and budget.  

Reorganize Your Home

Take some time before your guests arrive to declutter and reorganize your living space. Begin in your entryway so that guests have a clear space to walk in and settle comfortably. Consider investing in a shoe rack organizer to keep the walkway clear.

The key ingredients for your guests to have a wonderful exchange begins with a happy and healthy home. By taking the time to prepare your house for holiday guests, you will be able to enjoy yourself with peace of mind this season.

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