How to Prepare Your Home For Thanksgiving Visitors

24 October 2013 by


Thanksgiving BountyThanksgiving is a holiday synonymous with love, warmth, and appreciation. It is a good period to spend with family and loved ones and a good time to spend with friends. If you plan to host a party during the coming thanksgiving holiday, you will need to get your home ready. The following are a few suggestions that can help you raise the glow and warmth of the holiday.

  1. Declutter Your Home: Get rid of anything that isn’t essential to the Thanksgiving holiday, especially around the dining and living room area. Removing the clutter will open up your home, and make it appear larger. It will also make it easier for your visitors to move around. Store away the books and magazines on the coffee table and free up your countertops. You will need space for your visitors to place their drinks.
  2. Decorate Your Entryway: Your door and entryway are going to be the first place that your visitors see, so make sure it gives a good impression. Swap your old welcome mat for a new one. If you don’t already have one, consider buying one. Clean the stairs and railings and look for ways of getting rid of scratches from the floor. A good way of brightening your doors and windows is to apply a fresh coat of paint. You should also get rid of any clutter around the entryway to create more space. If your hallway is large enough, consider adding a bench where your visitors can remove their shoes.
  3. Style The Mantel:  Brighten your home by dressing the mantel with holiday items such as pumpkins, candles, or garlands. Use fall colors like brown, red, green, gold, and orange to raise the warmth and energy of the room. Try placing wreathes over and around the mantelpiece and some leaves and flowers. To personalize the top, add pictures your family, statuettes of birds, and some nuts.
  4. Free Up Your kitchen: Most kitchens are typically busiest over the Thanksgiving holiday and yours is unlikely to be different. Get your kitchen ready by looking for ways of expanding the storage options. For instance, you can pack up the coffee station and put in the living room so there is more space to work with. Doing this also means that you will not have to worry about your visitors crowding the kitchen. An overhead pot rack will give you a quick way of putting away your cooking items, while chairs and stools will come in handy when your knees begin to complain. Don’t delay the cleaning of your cookware until after dinner. Have them cleaned before the feast begins. It’ll reduce the amount of things you have to clean, and make it easier for you to tidy up after the celebrations have been completed.
  5. Clean The Bathroom: A lot of food and drink is shared over the Thanksgiving holiday, meaning there is a chance that one or more of your guests will want to use your bathroom. Take time to clean and prepare it for your visitors. A good tip is to stock your bathroom with all the little things your guests may need such as hand wash. Switch your old curtain showers for cleaner and newer options. In addition to cleaning the toilet bowl and sink, look for ways of freshening up the bathroom. Place a jar of flowers or use scented soaps to give the bathroom a fragrant lift.
  6. Make The Meals In Advance: You can save yourself a lot of holiday stress by preparing some of the dishes in advance. It will mean figuring out which meals you would like to prepare days before the holiday. You should also calculate how long each dish will take to make. Start with the dishes that take the longest to make and work your way down from there. If you only have one oven (most people do), create a schedule so you can allot time to each dish. Make sure you have enough plates and bowls. It is always best to have too much than too little.
  7. Clean The Guest Room: If you are having visitors from out of town spending the night, make sure the guest room is ready. It is best to clean the room a few days before the holiday. Clean the linens, dust the furniture, and have the carpet vacuumed. Check the light switches and outlets to make sure they are working. Be sure to check the guest bathroom to make sure it is clean. Having a few clean towels and napkins on hand is also a good idea.
  8. Prepare Thank You Gifts: Round off your holiday celebration with some thank you gifts. It does not have to be anything expensive, large, or grand. It is a simple reminder to you visitors that you love and care for them. And that you are thankful for their friendship—which is what the holiday is all about.

The Wrap

Preparing for the thanksgiving holiday is not that difficult especially when you spread the preparations across a few days. You can have most things done within a couple of hours. If you do not have enough time to properly clean your home, considering hiring a cleaning service to do it a few days before the holiday. Planning your holiday will lift the pressure and give you more time to appreciate the joys of the occasion.

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