Now that Christmas is only a few days away, you are probably eagerly awaiting the arrival of various family members who are coming to stay with you. So many of us leave our hometowns these days to move elsewhere – whether it’s because of a partner, or due to our careers. But Christmas is a time where the whole family can get together and enjoy themselves for a few days. Though if you are the one who is hosting people this year, there are a few things you may want to consider. It won’t be enough for your family to just turn up and crash on the sofa; they might have young children in tow or they might be planning to stay for a good few days. With this in mind, here are some ways you can prepare your property so your Christmas guests can feel truly at home.
Make use of all your storage
A full house at Christmas means only one thing: minimal space. The holiday season can be a little cramped so say the least, especially if your property isn’t the largest. Therefore, before your first guest so much as steps through the door, carefully consider where you could make some space. Do you have anything on the floor you could move onto shelves? Or do you have an attic or a cellar you could utilise to move some bulky items out of the way? You will find that every square in counts once all your family is packed into your home, so get as creative as possible!
Provide the essentials
Your family are not paying guests – but that’s no reason not to treat them as though they were! Christmas is, after all, the time of giving, so show your appreciation for your love ones by taking good care of them. Think about all the things you love about going to a hotel or bed and breakfast, and then try and emulate some of that in your own home. Providing clean towels is a must, and you could even go a step further by providing luxury spa and bathrobes (doubles up as a Christmas gift!). Make sure you are well stocked up on tea, coffee, bread, milk, and juice too. These are all things that everybody will need at some point, so make sure you are able to oblige.
Up the comfort factor
If your home is particularly small, you may not be able to comfortably house all your family on actual mattresses. For some people, it may be the sofa or an airbed. In order to make sure that everyone gets a good night’s sleep, invest in some spare pillows and cushions to pad out any slightly harder sleeping surfaces. Unfortunately, you may come across scenarios where you simply don’t have the room to put up a blow-up mattress. But that doesn’t mean your guests have to make do with the floor! You can get some great and surprisingly thick self-inflating sleeping mats at very reasonable prices – so grab a couple just in case.