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10 Tips To Prepare Your Home For Holidays Guests.

Insights and tips from Neat It, Toronto's Decluttering and Home Organization Experts.

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the joy of hosting friends and family in our homes but is your home holiday ready for them?

Whether you're planning a large festive gathering or hosting an intimate get-together, preparing your home for guests can make all the difference. In this article, we'll provide easy tips and tricks to ensure your home is holiday-ready, creating a warm and welcoming space for your loved ones.

1. Create a Welcoming Entrance

The first impression sets the tone for the entire visit. Make sure to get rid of the clutter and spruce up your entrance to make guests feel instantly welcomed. Consider placing a festive doormat, hang a wreath on the door, and add some potted plants or seasonal decorations. Adequate outdoor lighting is not only practical but also adds a touch of warmth to the entrance, especially for evening gatherings.

2. Guest Room Retreat

For overnight guests, pay special attention to the guest room. Ensure the bed is made with fresh linens and extra blankets are readily available. Clear out unnecessary clutter from dressers and provide ample space for guests to unpack.

A small basket with essentials like toiletries, towels, and a water carafe can make your guests feel thoughtfully attended to.

If your living space happens to be a condominium, no worries! No matter where you host your guests, their appreciation is bound to be influenced by the inviting ambiance you've created.

3. Prep the Bathroom

A well-stocked and clean bathroom is a must. Ensure there are plenty of fresh towels and basic toiletries such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. Consider adding a scented candle or some holiday-themed potpourri to create a pleasant atmosphere. Don't forget to check that the bathroom essentials like toilet paper and tissues are well-stocked.

4. Create Cozy Common Spaces

Make your living areas inviting and comfortable for socializing. Arrange seating to encourage conversation and relaxation. Add festive touches like pillows and blankets, preferred in seasonal colors. If you have a fireplace, make sure it's in working order, and consider lighting it to create a cozy ambiance.

5. Stock the Kitchen

The heart of any holiday gathering is often the kitchen. Ensure your kitchen is well-equipped and organized for easy meal preparation and entertaining. Stock up on essential ingredients, snacks, and beverages. Consider setting up a designated area with self-serve drinks and snacks to make guests feel at home.

6. Organize for Accessibility

Make it easy for guests to find what they need. Clearly designate spaces for coats, bags, and shoes near the entrance. If there are specific areas guests are welcome to use, such as the kitchen or a home office, provide clear instructions or labels to make them feel comfortable navigating your home.

7. Set the Mood with Lighting

Good lighting can transform the atmosphere of your home. Use a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Consider using string lights, candles, or lanterns for added holiday charm. Dimmer switches are a great addition, allowing you to adjust the lighting to suit different occasions.

8. Entertainment Corner

Create a designated space for entertainment. Whether it's a board game corner, a collection of holiday movies, or a playlist of festive tunes, having options for entertainment can add to the enjoyment of your guests. Consider the preferences of your guests and tailor the entertainment options to suit a variety of tastes.

9. Safety First

Ensure the safety of your guests by checking that your home is hazard-free. Remove any tripping hazards, secure loose rugs, and make sure there is adequate lighting, especially in hallways and stairwells. If you have guests with specific needs, such as young children or elderly family members, take extra precautions to accommodate their requirements.

10. Offer a Warm Welcome

Above all, the key to creating a holiday-ready home is to offer a warm welcome. Greet your guests with a smile, and let them know you're delighted to have them in your home. Small gestures, like a handwritten welcome note or a warm cup of cocoa, can go a long way in making guests feel appreciated.


In conclusion, preparing your home for holiday guests is about creating an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality. By paying attention to details, organizing your space, and adding festive touches, you can ensure that your guests feel not only welcome but also embraced by the holiday spirit. With these tips, you're well on your way to hosting memorable gatherings that will be cherished by your loved ones for years to come. Happy hosting!

At Neat It, we offer a range of services to help you declutter and organize your home.

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