Unfortunately, this time of year causes anxiety levels to rise in many home owners as they begin to recognize how under-prepared they are to create a warm, cozy atmosphere for friends and family coming to stay for the holidays. If you can relate to being overwhelmed and under-prepared, this list should help put you on track for a happy holiday season!
30 Days Before Guests Arrive
Depending on where your guests are travelling from, you likely will know a month ahead of time what their plans for the holidays are. This is the time to take inventory of large home projects that you would like to see completed before your guests arrive. 30 days is more than enough time for most local businesses to evaluate and execute your project without having to worry about any unusual surprises. At Southern Stone, we do our best to get your new countertops and cabinets from our showroom, into your home within 14 days. If you have a granite or quartz project on the horizon, give us a call immediately so we can schedule your free estimate and installation before your guests even pull into the driveway!
20 Days Before Guests Arrive
Create a shopping list and make time to purchase items that will make your guests feel more at home. Consider the things that make you more comfortable when travelling. Additional pillows for guest bedrooms, heavier blankets to keep the chill away, and nightlights to help your guests avoid stumbling through a dark hallway are all really great places to start. Lastly, consider possible child-proofing needs if your guest has little ones. More trips to the emergency room occur between November and December than the entire rest of the year combined, so it is important to consider the safety of children, or elderly houseguests that may be more susceptible to preventable injuries.
2 Weeks Before Guests Arrive
Clean linens and guest bedrooms. If you do not frequently use your guest bedrooms, the bedding and curtains might be collecting dust and harboring other airborne bacteria. Two weeks in advance is plenty of time to dust, vacuum, polish the appropriate furniture, and launder all bed linens so your guest can feel perfectly comfortable in your home.
You should also begin creating a meal plan, and finalize any scheduled activities you and your house guests are looking forward to. This will help you avoid unexpected delays or disappointments in your schedule so you can make the most of time with your friends and family.
1 Week Before Guests Arrive
If you have followed the above steps, you should be feeling rather confident in your ability to receive guests into your home, so now it is simply time to begin with the finishing touches that make being home for the holidays so much fun. Take the meal plan you created last week, and make a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase everything that you need now, so you won’t have to worry about any trips to the store for ingredients while your guests are with you. This week is also a good opportunity to pull out your final holiday decorations, and candles to create an inviting feel for yourself and your guests!
Now that you have a game-plan in place, you shouldn’t have to worry about being unprepared, or whether or not your guests will be completely comfortable. All that’s left to do, is pour yourself a glass of eggnog, and curl up by the fireplace!