Last Minute To Do’s Before Holiday Guests Arrive
Can you believe that there are only a few days left until Christmas?! New Years is coming up extremely fast, as well. I’m sure that a lot of you have family or friends coming to stay with you for the holidays. That can be very stressful, but so exciting at the same time because we are all expected to finish up work for the week (and sometimes even for the year), start shopping for presents, wrap those gifts, shop for a tree, decorate for Christmas, prepare for guests, and more, all within the blink of an eye. Doesn’t this just sound stressful? I think so!
So, if you are like me and you have some last minute to do’s on your list, put on the positive attitude and knock them out. You’ve got this! Here are a few things that you should make sure to do before your guests arrive:
Go Grocery Shopping
Go grocery shopping for your holiday essentials, basics, and extras. Find out what your guests like (coffee, creamers, sugar, etc.) and make sure you get everything that they use and/or need for them to feel like they are at home. If they have a baby or children, it is very important for you to reach out prior to their arrival, to ensure that you have everything needed.
Make Sure Your Home Is Warm
Everyone has different preferences when it comes to home warmth, but you definitely do not want a cold house or else your guests will be uncomfortable and they could even catch a cold, which would ruin their trip. If your home is very drafty and you are running low on time, find quick solutions by utilizing Google. Once your guests are gone, if you noticed that your home was drafty, I would highly recommend looking into having window films installed on your windows by the number 1 window tinting company in Atlanta, UHS Window Tinting and Blinds . They carry a full line of 3M window film products that include sun control, safety, security, as well as decorative films. 3M Window Films reduce the amount of heat gained through transmision of the sunlight, so they let in natural light, but reject heat and UV rays. This means that they reduce up to 78% of the sun’s heat, evenly disperses natural light, and blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds is located out of Alpharetta, Georgia and serves the full Metro-Atlanta area such as Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Buford, Smyrna, Marietta, Canton, and many more! Their reputation is built on doing quality work, so go ahead and head to their website to get your quote today.
Wrap Remaining Gifts
I like to be ahead of the game when it comes to wrapping gifts. It’s much less stressful getting ahead of your checklist and knocking out some of your wrapping early, but I know that it can be hard to do with a large checklist of items to finish up. If you set a goal of getting your shopping done early and then wrapping at least two gifts each day, you are on your way to having all of your gifts wrapped and under the tree well before Christmas guests arrive!
MHire A House Cleaner
As you can tell, there are probably a million and one things on your to do list, just like mine, so it can be very helpful to outsource some tasks, such as house cleaning. Hiring a house cleaner before your holiday guests arrive is awesome because it frees up your time and your house will get deep cleaned and ready for your guests. It also makes you tidy up some before the house cleaner comes, so you feel even more prepared to welcome people into your home.
Make Your Guests Feel Welcome
Make sure that you are making your guests feel welcome. Shop for their favorite items, like I explained above, stock the bathrooms and bedrooms with home-like essentials, and greet them when they arrive. RD also reccomends, “With texts, calls, and emails buzzing for attention, it’s tempting to keep a cell perpetually silent. This is the time, however, to turn up the volume. “Make sure you have your phone nearby where you can hear it, in case your guests get lost,” says Rachel Isgar, etiquette expert and owner of Please Pass the Manners. “Sometimes navigation systems don’t bring you to exactly the right spot.” This also lets guests ask you about parking or give you a heads-up if they’re running late.”