Getting Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests

Take the stress out of creating a dream guest suite this holiday season. The Clayton team shares easy tips to help you prep your home to welcome and host guests.

With these tips from the Clayton team, your guests will think they’re at a cozy bed and breakfast this holiday season.

Even if you love having friends and family over for the holidays, it can still be a stressful time of year because there’s so much to do. That’s why we’re here with this easy guide to help get your home ready for guests.

First, it’s time to make a list, or several. Start by going room-to-room and write down everything that needs to be cleaned, so you won’t be rushing to get the floor mopped 10 minutes before everyone arrives. It’s also a good idea to separate the tasks that can be done in advance, like clearing your entryway to make room for more coats and shoes, from ones that can’t, like making up the bed.

And once you’re ready to get started setting everything up, check out the tips below.

A woman uses a coffee maker at a coffee bar in a manufactured home

The Living Areas

Before you tackle the guest bedroom and bathroom, we have a couple of ways to help make the rest of your home feel super welcoming, too. While fresh flowers and candles add a festive touch, a simmer pot is also an easy way to make your home smell incredible as soon as someone walks in the door. You can find plenty of recipes online that will fit right in with your seasonal decor.

And while you’re decorating, decide if you’ll need any additional seating in the kitchen or living room, or to move pieces of furniture around. One option we love is creating a coffee bar or even a cocktail station to gather around. Plus, don’t forget to stock the pantry with extra snacks and drinks!

Write down your Wi-Fi or any streaming service passwords in one handy place, like on a small sign by the TV. You can also make note of anything that might be tricky for someone who isn’t familiar with your home, like a finicky faucet or door handle. Finally, now is a good time to double check with your guests about any allergies, dietary restrictions or preparation for small children or pets that might be visiting too.

The bedroom of a manufactured home with a bed with blankets and pillows, with a nightstand with a lap and mirror on each side

The Guest Bedroom

If you have guests staying with you for multiple days, then you’ll want the bedroom to be more than a place to sleep. The goal is to make a cozy spot where they can relax.

We’ve all gone to unpack our suitcase and realized we’ve forgotten something important. You can put together a basket or a cute tray with items your guest might need, like:

  • A phone charger
  • Lip balm
  • Tissues
  • Lotion
  • Hair ties

You can even include water bottles or snacks if you’re feeling extra fancy. And for the rest of the bedroom, don’t forget plenty of extra pillows and blankets. You’ll also want to clear some closet or drawer space if you have it, or put out a chair or luggage rack.

A close-up of a basket with towels on a bench in the bathroom of a manufactured home

The Guest Bathroom

Get your bathroom ready for guests by clearing out any excess clutter, like the kids’ bath toys or all your extra beauty products that can be tucked into another bathroom or closet for the time being. You can also add in a few decorative touches like candles, plants or even a bench to hold towels.

The last thing your guests want to do is ask you where to find certain bathroom items. So, make it easier for them by leaving out extra towels, washcloths, toilet paper and any other essentials. And some other things to keep in stock for your guests include:

  • Shampoo
  • Bodywash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Makeup remover
  • Cotton swabs
  • A first-aid kit

One of the best parts of having your own home is getting to make memories in it with your loved ones for the years to come. And for ideas on everything from decor trends and home organization to maintenance tips and more, you can head over to the Homeownership section of our Studio blog below.

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