Create an Inviting Home for Overnight Guests

If you're expecting overnight guests for the holidays, you want to offer them a cozy and comfortable experience. Whether your guests are visiting for a few days or a few weeks, it's important to make them feel welcome. Take a look at some simple things you can do to create an inviting environment. 

Create a Welcome Entrance

Your front yard and entry are the first things your guests see when they arrive, so it's important to create an entrance that says “welcome to my home.” First, clean up your front yard. Rake up the leaves, mow the lawn, and trim the bushes. For inviting touches, plant some colorful plants or flowers along your front walkway or in decorative containers on your front porch. Next, clean your front porch including the floor, front door, hardware and windows. Replace burned out bulbs in porch fixtures and make sure chair cushions look clean and fresh.

Freshen up the Air

When you're constantly in your home, you can't always smell odors and scents that guests may notice when they walk through the front door. Before your guests arrive, make sure your home smells clean and fresh. As guests enter the house, you can create inviting smells by adding fresh flowers and scented candles on an entry table near the front door. Next, get rid of unpleasant smells that may be lingering in your kitchen. Sweep and mop the floors, take out the trash, and clean the sink and garbage disposal. If you have pets, get rid of pet odors by cleaning out the cat's litter box and giving the dog a bath. 

Prepare the Guest Bedroom and Bathroom

The guest room will be your guests' private sanctuary during their visit, so it's important to create a space that offers relaxation and tranquility. Start by cleaning up the bedroom so it's neat and tidy. Clean out closets and drawers to give your guests plenty of room to store their belongings during their stay. Make sure there are clean sheets, blankets, and pillows on the bed and extra linens and blankets in case your guests need them. To add personal touches, provide guests with books and magazines to read before bedtime and leave a fresh pitcher of water with clean glasses on the nightstand. 

Clean the guest bathroom thoroughly. Make sure the floors, countertops, mirrors, bathtub, shower and sink are spotless. Supply clean, fresh smelling towels and washcloths each day and make sure essentials like soap and toilet paper are well-stocked. As a special touch, you can leave candles and scented soaps each day for your guests to enjoy.

As the holidays approach, make sure you're prepared for overnight guests. Whether your guests are family members or good friends, they will enjoy their visit more in a home that feels inviting and comfortable. Click here for more ways to spruce up or renovate your home. 

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