Are you opening your doors to family members or friends this holiday season? With our ideas for prepping your home, you'll be ready to welcome them with open arms.
Clear out some space in your entryway. Depending on the climate where you live, your guests may have bulky coats, boots, and other cold-weather accessories. To keep that stuff neatly out the way during their stay, arrange for plenty of extra room by your front door and in your coat closet beforehand.
If their stay is longer than a few nights, or if you plan on going to work during their visit, your houseguests may want to venture out on their own. Provide information on local cafes, restaurants, theaters, and places to shop -- they'll kill some time while exploring, and you'll get some peace and quiet.
To help bond and bring out the holiday spirit at home, plan an activity your family and your guests can do together -- and involve the kids too. Whether you decorate cookies or wrap gifts as a group, everyone will feel a sense of togetherness that will diffuse any tension or stress from the craziness of the season.
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