• By Kirk Gaw

Making Space In Your Walkerton Home For Holiday Guests

Declutter, declutter, declutter! Are you hosting a holiday party this year? Being a good host can be incredibly rewarding, but it can be stressful, too. Thankfully, most of the stressors can be eliminated with a bit of advanced planning. If you’re wondering how to entertain and prepare your home for guests, we’ve put together a list of simple hosting tips that will make organizing a holiday party a breeze! One day, Walkerton, will rebuild its hotels for families seeking overnight lodging?

Will your relatives or friends be staying with you overnight? Be sure to tidy the rooms where they’ll be staying and have everything set up before they arrive. Set out towels and washcloths. Fill a wicker basket with extra blankets and pillows near the bed. Clear out the closet or dresser drawers so there’s room in case they want to unpack their clothes. If you have extra phone chargers, include those in the room, too.

Before people arrive, make sure to deep clean the bathrooms. Ensure cabinets are fully stocked with necessities, such as toilet paper, soap, towels, and lotions. Or place a decorative basket on the counter and fill it with travel-sized items to give your home a hotel-like feel.

While you may love the book collection or knick-knacks on your coffee table or end tables, it’s good to clear surfaces so holiday guests have a place to set down beverages. As you’re decluttering, make sure there’s enough seating for all guests, and remove any unnecessary furniture or decor to make space. If there will be young children in your home, be sure to pick up and put away delicate items.

The entryway is a high-traffic area that’s also the first view of your home for guests. Keep it clutter-free by moving coats, bags, and shoes to a hall closet or a designated bedroom. Don’t have closet space available? Organize your entryway or mudroom with wall-mounted coat racks, storage cubbies for shoes, and a storage bench for guests to set purses or bags down.

If you’re planning on a large number of guests attending your holiday party, rearranging the furniture will help maximize your space. Move tables out to the edges of the room and place folding chairs, covered storage benches, or ottomans in seating groups so people can mingle. Pushing bulky furniture against the wall or out of the room completely is another effective way to create more room for guests.

Overnight guests will appreciate a bedside lamp they can access when needed. Consider putting a few night lights in the guest room, the hallway, and leading to the bathroom so guests unfamiliar with your home can easily navigate at night should they need to get something from another room.

Prepping items for your holiday menu early will not only eliminate stress, but it will also keep you out of the kitchen and enjoying your party. Plan the menu a few weeks in advance so you know exactly what ingredients you will need. Items like spinach dip, gravy, casseroles, and cakes can be prepared months ahead of time and kept in the freezer. Simply reheat dishes the day of your holiday party and enjoy!

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