If your plans this Christmas include having a house full of overnight guests you’ll need to ensure you’ve thought of everything when it comes to getting the house prepared. If you do it in the next week or so, you’ll be organised and ready to go and won’t have to think about this aspect of Christmas again. So, here’s a little checklist I’ve put together to help you get organised for your overnight Christmas guests.
This is the main issue for lots of people. Where on earth are you going to put your overnight guests at night-time. If you have a spare room, that’s brilliant, so let’s talk about what you need to do to get that ready.
The bed will need a refresh. Ensure you have fresh sheets, extra pillows, a throw or blanket or maybe an eider down to keep your guests warm and comfortable at night.
Next assess the lighting and give each guest a reading light or table lamp next to the bed. The bedside table can be fully equipped with flowers or small plant, a few essential toiletries and a phone charger. Maybe add a coaster and glass for an evening sip of water, plus a few magazines for easy reading. For younger guests you could add a nightlight too.
Giving guests a chair in the room or some hanging space in a wardrobe is a good idea for clothes storage, and of course don’t forget a bundle of soft, freshly laundered towels.
It’s really only a few bits but doing all of this is very thoughtful and helps your guests feel welcome and settled in your home.
Alternative Sleeping Arrangements:
Now if you don’t have a spare room, you need to make alternative sleeping arrangements and plan for this in a
dvance. Do you have a sofa bed perhaps in an office or dining room? This is great for extra beds when you need them, just make sure you have the duvet and pillows all set up and ready to go so you don’t have to fight with the duvet cover at 11pm at night. Just store them in a cupboard or blanket box as soon as you can. Make sure you have a side table and bedside lamp that you can pull into position when you need it.
Ideally, the sofa bed works best when it’s situated in a room you close off. If it’s on the main walkway to the kitchen your guests may be getting an early alarm call, particularly if you have children.
Prepare your bathrooms for all the extra overnight guests. Spare toothpaste and brushes for emergencies. Piles of spare towels, shower wash, shower caps, toiletries and loo roll all make the event go off without a hitch! Just add a few extra things to your shopping list this week and don’t give it another thought.
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Maybe you’ve been so concerned about the sleeping arrangements you’ve forgotten to consider where everyone will sit during the day. Spare chairs are great, but it’s good to make your home look natural, like you planned all these extra seats into the scheme. Not always easy to do I admit but see what you can do. Slot an extra dining chair into the living room. Bring in a couple of colour coordinated stools or pouffes. Beanbags work well for kids in the den/playroom area, or larger cushions for younger guests who don’t mind lounging on the floor.
Benches at the dining table can seat many more people than simple chairs can. But a stack of stylish chairs in the corner of the room works wonders when you need a bunch of them for dinner. They look cool and you can keep a good number of them to hand for when they are required.
So how do these tips work for you? Is your home ready for your Christmas overnight guests? Did I miss anything?
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