Work smarter, not harder, right? That’s what we like to think, anyway! The holidays can be a significantly stressful time of year for many people who entertain houseguests! It’s more work than most people realize!

We thought it would be a great time to cover the ten most helpful suggestions our readers gave us for preparing for houseguests!

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Whether you have an ample or minimal amount of space for guests, the thought is still the same! Not all of us have the luxury of providing our holiday guests with a spare room all to themselves, but we still want to strive to make our guests feel welcome, so here are a few steps we are sure you’ll find helpful!

Test the air mattress.

If your guests won’t have their own room and subsequently their own bed, make sure before they arrive that the air mattress won’t deflate on them during the night!

Provide extra pillows and blankets.

It’s hard to know each person’s sleeping habits. Some people prefer more pillows and blankets than others, so it’s always a good idea to have more of each rather than not enough!

Always make the bed with clean sheets.

Clean linens always provide a great night’s sleep!

Provide an area for luggage and personal belongings.

If you have the space, cleaning out a spare closet is a great idea so that guests can store their luggage as well as clothes, coats, bags, and so on. It’s also a way of keeping their extra belongings out of the way of everyday life.

Provide toiletries.

A simple gesture such as providing shampoo and bodywash can relieve the stress of guests packing those essentials during their holiday travel. It’s also a personal touch that is sure to delight your guests.

Provide extra towels.

High-quality towels are a nice touch to welcome your guests. Who doesn’t love big, fluffy towels?

Make or buy snacks.

Everyone’s morning schedule will vary; that’s why it’s a great idea to have at least the morning essentials on hand so that early-rising guests can navigate their usual routines freely. Have some breakfast basics on hand, things like coffee, tea, juice, yogurt, granola, muffins, and so on.

Offer reading materials.

Out-of-town guests may enjoy browsing some local magazines or brochures, as well as a few reading selections you have on hand. A basket with reading materials is a great way to offer up some of those selections.

Gather a list of local activities.

Out-of-town guests may enjoy seeing the sights of your community. Check out some local events like tree lightings, performing art shows, and even local restaurants. Seasoned travelers look forward to engaging in community events!

A Time to Enjoy and Create Memories

Size really doesn’t matter; it’s the little touches that count. The effort you take to make your holiday houseguests feel welcome will go a long way! Plus, these little tips are a quick way to get to the more fun stuff, like making memories!

Happy Holidays!

For the love of embroidery!

Jones Sew & Vac Team