House-Ready for the Holidays

Fall is (almost) here and that means the holiday season is right around the corner.  With this time of year comes the likelihood that you will have guests in your home on a regular basis, whether it's a neighbor popping in while having their kids out for trick-or-treating, or overnight houseguests staying over Thanksgiving weekend. We have some tips and tricks for making sure you have the reputation of being the best host or hostess around, without putting in a ton of effort! 

First, clearing clutter is a huge step in making your home inviting.  If you are having unexpected visitors (like the in-laws stopping by for pics with the kids in their Halloween costumes), quick clean-up is key.  While this won't work for long-term clutter-clearing, for a short-term fix, we suggest taking a laundry basket and going through your home collecting items that need to be put away or thrown out.  Place the basket in a hidden spot (like your closet) and when the guests leave, you can take care of cleaning out that basket.  Don't have time to clean the clutter from every room?  Limit where your guests go by closing doors to rooms that are a little less than perfect, so you can focus your efforts on the space that matter, like the guest bathroom! 

Second, two of the most important places you can focus on when prepping for guests (regardless of how long they're staying) are the guest bathroom and your kitchen.  Your kitchen will be a hub of activity during the holiday season, and a sink full of dirty dishes or crusty breakfast crumbs left on the table doesn't do much for people's opinions of your housekeeping skills.  If you don't have time to wash all those dishes that you left the night before, throw them into the dishwasher (or, if you don't have one, the oven) just to keep them out of sight until your guests leave.  Don't have spare minutes to sweep and mop the kitchen? Run the vacuum through your kitchen, and wipe up any sticky spots with a damp paper towel. Finish up by wiping over the table and chairs, and your countertops, and voila, you can have your kitchen looking spiffy in 30 minutes or less.  For your bathroom, go through and spray the toilet (inside and out) with cleaner.  Let it sit while you wipe down sinks, counters, and the mirror.  By the time you're done, all you have to do is swish a toilet brush around, wipe over the toilet's surface, and flush!  Finish up with lighting a candle (high enough that little hands can't reach it) to add a warm glow and keep the bathroom smelling fresh, and your guests will never know you don't keep a spotless home all the time! 

For guests that are staying overnight, keep some bottled water, and some easy-to-access snacks either in the kitchen, or clearly visible in your guest room.  Stock your bathroom with clean towels and washcloths, and some extra shampoo, soap, and other basic toiletries.  This is great time to pull out all those extra hotel samples you might have accumulated.  Keep the guest room home-like with some spare blankets, plenty of lamp-light, and maybe a candle or a sachet to keep it smelling fresh and welcoming. 

Finally, make sure your home is spacious enough to make your guests feel welcome without driving you crazy!  A cramped space, not having enough bathrooms for the amount of people needing the facilities, etc. are all a damper to the holiday spirit of hosting.  Williams Construction Company can help you come up with a plan for renovating your current home to meet your hosting needs, without having to move to a totally different home.  Ready to take it a step farther?  We can help you design and build your dream home from the ground up, so you'll be ready for holidays for years to come.