Preparing for holiday guests

Friday, November 22, 2013

For millions of Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday means more family, more guests, more foot traffic and less space in your home.

Recognizing that most of us have little time (and money) to prepare for the potentially overwhelming blitz of family and friends, we offer several useful tips to ready your home for overnight guests and make them comfortable without making yourself crazy.

It's not just the guests, it's the germs. Give overnight guests different color towels for their stay. This will help prevent the spread of germs and avoid guests reaching for new towels each time they shower.

Ask guests to keep shoes in the entryway, front hall or even the garage. No shoes in your house means less mud, dirt and slush tracking onto your floors.

Have you collected a drawer full of mini-toiletries from recent hotel stays? Now is the perfect time to pull them out and put them to use.

If you need more beds, consider an air mattress. You can store it under the bed with the linens on. And when the company leaves, you can deflate it and pack it away.

Living out of a suitcase can be tricky. Ensure there is enough shelving in the guest room so guests have areas to put their cell phones, laptops, reading materials and more.

Give your guests a bag to separate and store their dirty laundry. It keeps the rooms organized and suggests to guests you prefer not to do their laundry.

Use these tips to help you enjoy the holidays and your guests to the fullest!