Holidays are best
celebrated with family and close friends but when loved ones are far-flung,
togetherness often means hosting house guests. If your home is doing double
duty as a hotel this holiday season, read our tips for creating a welcoming
atmosphere (and one that preserves your sanity!)
My Home is Your Home: Signal your open-arm welcome by creating
dedicated space for guests. Banish clutter from your guests' quarters, whether
it's a spare bedroom or another area of your home. Use attractive bags, bins
and trunks to temporarily capture odds and ends.
When quarters are
tight and you don't have a dedicated guest room, create space by supplying
luggage racks that help house overnight bags which lets them double as dressers.
Likewise, by simply supplying hangers on the back of a door, you create a spot
for guests to stash their stuff.
congestion by offering your guest canvas duffel outfitted with fresh towels and
travel toiletries that they can tote to and from the bathroom. For more ideas,
read Good Housekeeping's Easy
Organizing: Hosting Guests.
Making a List,
Checking it Twice: Think through your houseguests' needs before they
arrive with this handy checklist from the über-organized
folks at Real Simple. Suggested items to have handy include a spare house key,
maps and travel tips for your neighborhood, as well as must-have, yet
The Extra Mile: Leave it to the
ultimate hostess Martha Stewart to suggest special touches for visitors that bring
a five-star hotel vibe to even a simple sofa-bed. Tips from Martha include
leaving foil-wrapped chocolates and a carafe of chilled water bed side. Don't
have a carafe lying around? Use a short water glass inverted over a tall, slim
one. For more inventive Martha tips,
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