“Our lives are filled with simple joys and blessings without end. But one of the greatest joys in life is a home overflowing with friends.” ~ Anonymous
……and so are the holidays. You and I are well aware that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. After all, stores have been reminding us for weeks. As the holidays approach and activities begin to consume your time, you just might need to spruce up your home before schedules get out of control; especially if you are planning an open house, a party, friends or family for a meal or having overnight guests.
- Start with your home’s entrance. Sweep the walk and porch. Clear the spider webs. Wash the glass in the entry lights and make sure all bulbs work. Wipe down the door and give it a fresh coat of paint if needed. Provide a fresh new welcome mat and add a seasonal wreath.
- Clear the clutter in your entry area so guests can enter safely. Add a lamp to your foyer console. Lamps provide a warm, welcoming glow to guests.
- Does your dining room need a quick update? Add two upholstered host chairs at each end of your dining table. Or, if you have upholstered chair bottoms, recover them. As a general rule, using 54” wide fabric, ¾ of a yard will cover 2 chair seats. Unscrew the seats and fasten new fabric with a staple gun, or have an upholsterer do the job for you.
- Change the look and feel of a room by adding fresh flowers just before guests arrive.
- Guests bedrooms should be comfortable and welcoming…a room where your guests have a place to put their things away during their visit. Be careful not to over-decorate. Clean sheets and a pretty bed go a long way. Make sure side tables are dusted and the lamps provide plenty of light for reading.
- In the room your guests will be staying, provide a basket of toiletries with things they may have forgotten. Bottled water, the Wi-Fi password, and fresh flowers will help them feel welcome in your home.
- Set up a coffee station for overnight guests who rise early.
- Clean and declutter the kitchen. A dirty kitchen can be a real turn off for guests.
- Deep clean bathrooms. A clean house is a welcoming one.
Enjoy your family and friends this holiday season. “Rejoice in the family and friends that surround you, as crazy as they may sometimes be. Remember, some have only themselves as they walk through this life. Give thanks for the simple things, the traditions handed down from generation to generation. Be thankful for what you do have instead of lamenting about what you have not yet obtained. Acknowledge your talents as blessings and share them with the world. Live in the moment with the people that cross your path, give thanks for the lessons they bring you. Our homes are our sanctuaries from the world. Be thankful for them and the family, friends, and loved ones who walk through the doors as they enrich our lives and feed our souls as no money or food possibly can.” (Author unknown)
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life and your home… Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.