How to prepare your home for the holidays
Focus on these areas:
- Living area
- Guest rooms
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 11/14/19 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.
It’s almost time to ring the bells, light the Menorah and eat ALL the turkey.
No matter what your holiday traditions are, you want your home to look its best for the friends and family who come to celebrate with you.
Whether your guests are staying just for the day or will be overnight visitors, this holiday cleaning checklist will help make your home as inviting and comfortable as possible.
Carpet, Tile and Rug Cleaning Get Your Home Ready to Party
The first part of your home that visitors will experience is the entrance way.
Here’s how to keep it both tidy and welcoming.
Check all your outdoor lighting
Make sure it’s working properly and is turned on when it’s dark. You don’t want anyone tripping once the sun goes down.
Designate a spot for your guests’ coats, gloves, scarves and boots
If you don’t have a coat closet or hooks, choose a room in your home to keep these items. An extra doormat may be necessary for all the added foot-traffic.
Consider having a professional rug cleaning before the festivities – or wait until after if you’re afraid of the mess from snowy or muddy shoes.
Have a plan ahead of time and your entrance won’t be a cluttered disaster when your company arrives.
2. Living Area
This is probably where your guests will be spending the majority of their time at your holiday gathering.
- Like your entryway, if your living room floor isn’t looking its best, schedule a professional carpet cleaning.
Here's an example of how clean your carpets can be:
- Clean the windows so guests can get a good look at your outside decorations during the festivities.
As you think about how to prepare your home for the holidays, don’t forget the bathrooms.
Your guests WILL be using it at some point.
If it looks dingy, a professional tile cleaning (grout, too!) will give your bathroom a fresh, clean look.
Here’s what else to do:
Make sure the bathroom fan and window are working properly
Ventilation is an important part of keeping your bathroom clean and mildew-free.
Provide plenty of fresh guest bath and/or hand towels.
If you’re feeling extra-festive, get special towels with a holiday theme.
Of course, the kitchen is essential for entertaining – whether you’re having a feast or just some light snacks.
Nobody wants to eat from a surface that looks like it’s seen better days.
Have your kitchen’s hard surfaces cleaned by a professional before the big day.
When considering how to prepare your home for the holidays, it’s definitely worth it to call in the big guns.
5. Guest rooms
Your overnight guests will appreciate a freshly-cleaned place to sleep.
Here’s how to make your guests cozy and well-cared for:
- Put fresh linens on the beds. For visitors on an extended stay, clear some closet space or a drawer to make your guests feel more at home. It’s no fun living out of a suitcase.
- Equip the nightstand with a clock and reading lamp. Also, provide some tissues and maybe even some magazines.
Prepare your home for the holidays
Follow this guide to find out how to make your home as welcoming, inviting and CLEAN as possible before your holiday guests arrive.
From your entryway to the bathrooms and guest bedroom, Hammond Knoll can help you provide a cozy space for visitors to enjoy their time with you.
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