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How to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

The holidays are meant to be spent with loved ones. Make sure you’re prepared to accommodate lots of visitors this season and make your home extra-cozy.

The holidays are all about being with the people you love. During the holiday season, people travel far and wide to be with their families. If you’re hosting family members this winter, read this guide on how to prepare your home for holiday guests. Your loved ones will have such a good time at your house that they won’t want to go back to their own.

Keep Things Tidy

Your house must be spotless if you’re planning on hosting guests this holiday season. The last thing Grandpa wants is to get off an airplane and walk into a messy house. Clean as much as you can before people arrive. Wash your floors and do all the laundry. If you have kids, put all their toys away and ask them to be as neat as possible while the company is there. Your loved ones will appreciate you taking the time to make sure your house looks inviting.


Help your guests get into the holiday spirit by decorating your house to the nines. Make sure your Christmas tree is a true statement piece in your home. Put as many lights on it as possible so that it’s glaringly bright when people walk in. If you can, position your Christmas tree in a window so that people see it as soon as they pull into the driveway. Put Christmas lights on your banisters as well, and hang as much mistletoe as you can. People will feel merry the minute they walk into your home.

Create a Bedroom Oasis

After a long day of travel, people want nothing more than to plop themselves on a comfortable bed. Create a bedroom oasis for your holiday guests. Use the most luxurious sheets possible so that people can fully relax, and provide them with the fuzziest blankets you have so that they can curl up and get a good night’s rest. Have adequate lighting available in case someone wants to read a book. Most importantly, ensure their bedrooms are welcoming spaces where they can crash at the end of the day.

Tasty Holiday Treats

Calories don’t count during the holidays, so make sure all your guests are well-fed the entire time they’re at your house. It’s important to remember that visitors are on vacation when they’re at your house, so accommodate them as much as you can. Bake tasty holiday treats so that your house always smells like a bakery. Try cooking unusual recipes and have your guests provide you with feedback—you’ll get to test out your kitchen skills, and they’ll get to taste so many treats.

Anyone hosting visitors this season should read this guide on how to prepare your home for holiday guests. Having people over for the holidays doesn’t need to be stressful. In fact, you should enjoy the company while you have it. After all, the holidays only come around once a year, so make the most of the holiday season before it passes you by. Before you know it, the guests will be gone, and you’ll be prepping for your New Year’s bash.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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