With Christmas less than a month away, we need to start preparing our homes and pockets. The month of December is a great time to decorate the house and get ready for guests. Christmas season makes it all more exciting because I love having friends and family around.
We are going to give you some tips on how to get your spare room ready without blowing your Christmas budget.
It is very tempting to spend a lot of money during Christmas especially if you have children. For this precise reason it is essential to start planning your finances ahead of time when it comes to Christmas expenses.
I would make a list of people you need to buy gifts to just so you have an idea of how much you may have to spend. This budget will also include decoration and any visits to Christmas Markets and Christmas events. Remember, if you wait until December to start thinking about these things, it will be too late!
You don’t need to go on a mad shopping spree to make sure your house is presentable. It will only take you some time and dedication to pay attention to details. It is important to know how long they are planning to stay so you can plan in advance when it comes to groceries and the actual room they will be sleeping on.
If I have time I love to make sure I add little details to the room. A candle is a lovely touch and maybe a box of their favourite chocolate will go a long way.
The most important thing is to make sure your friends and family feel welcome. If they have a preference for an specific drink or food, make sure to have them available.
It is such a nice feeling to know you are not only welcome but that the host put in some effort to make sure all is taken care of so you enjoy the most of your stay. I think these little touches show how much you care about them and how much you have been looking forward to their visit. Also, you will not break the bank by buying a box of chocolates and some candles.
If you need to invest on extra beds or linens, do your research to make sure you don’t spend too much. A simple king-sized bed set with a couple of extra blankets will be more than sufficient. Divan Beds are a great choice to make the room super welcoming and cozy.
They look incredible and very sophisticated. A small double bed would be a great choice as it can be used by adults, adults with children that prefer to sleep together and also couples.
Indeed, spending a little bit of time now will save you money later on during the season. Maybe the guests will be kids and they will outgrow their extra bed in a flash. The same can be said if they are bringing their own sleeping bags.
Do not get those expensive sleeping bags that come with a giant zip lock bag to put into it. There are high quality options that are much cheaper and if your guests decide not to use the bag, at least you saved money.
Now, let’s talk about the actual “to do” list for getting the room ready:
- Clean the room. This means dust the ceiling fans, vacuum the rugs and throw the sheets and blankets in the laundry. By doing this early, you will remove the excuse people use to say they did not know their visit was coming up.
- Wipe down the walls. Make sure to get all the places where dirt and dust has settled.
- You want to make sure your place is as clean as possible so your visitors feel at home. Start by cleaning out the clutter from the entryway.
- Sweep and mop the floor and take out the trash. If you have carpeting, vacuum it (or have a cleaner do it for you). Change the towels in the bathroom and kitchen.
- Open all the windows and air out the room. This gives a little oxygen to the stale air in the room and freshens things up a bit. This is one of my favourites things to do to make the room smell nice and get that stagnant energy moving.
- Next, go around and inspect your rooms to make sure everything is presentable.
- Dust off the furniture.
- Straighten up the bed.
- Pick up the clothes strewn all over the floor
- If there is laundry to be done, do it.
- Put away the clean clothes.
I hope these tips help you make your spare bedroom into a pleasant oasis for your friends and family. Do you have any other tips on how to make our homes more hospitable? We would love to hear them!