One of the greatest joys of the holidays is spending time with family and friends who oftentimes come from afar.  So how can you prepare a welcoming and cozy space for your overnight guests?  With these 5 simple steps to prep, your home will be ready and able to be visited and lived in…for a short while, that is.

1. Decide which room guest(s) will occupy.  It might be a playroom, home office or a spare bedroom.

2. Clear the room of any miscellaneous items and clutter (i.e. toys, office items, extra unneeded furniture, etc.). Store these things in bins and in the garage, attic/basement, or closet. Photo courtesy of

3.  Next, pull out the sofa bed if you have one.  If not, a blow-up mattress is a great option.  It’s nice to make the bed the same way you would make your own. Use cozy linens, comfy pillows and plush blankets to create a bed that feels just like home. Photo courtesy of

4. Provide “guest niceties”: clean towels folded nicely (and perhaps tied with a ribbon) add a special touch to place at the foot of the bed. Fresh flowers, a glowing candle, and holiday decorations are also a sure way to make someone feel both special and welcome.

5. A small basket of incidentals (water bottle, notepad and pen, magazines, alarm clock, fruit, etc.) next to the bed helps provide a hospitable stay.

Follow these simple steps to create a festive room where guests will feel as if they were right at home.

Have any other helpful “get ready for guests” tips? We’d welcome your comments!

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