Decor under $20
Decor under $20
Get your home ready for guests
Whether the holidays are approaching or you just want to be prepared for friends that pop in unexpectedly, it's always a good time to make your home guest ready. This could be as simple as tidying up the bathroom sink, keeping your dishes washed, and stocking up on toilet paper. It could also mean taking a look at each room in your home and deciding where it could use a little sprucing up, a change of decor to match the season, or some nice additions that make your home warm and inviting. Let these tips inspire you as you prepare your home for guests.
Besides the kitchen table, the living room might be the most common gathering spot for you and your guests. Make it cozy with pillows along the couch that add splashes of color or match the theme of the season. Comfy throws rolled up in a basket give a warm, welcoming vibe and are just what's needed on a chilly evening or when curling up to watch a movie together.
To keep extended-stay guests feeling at home, keep DVDs organized on a tower or bookshelf. Store board games in an ottoman that can double as an extra seat. You might even decide this is the time to swap out your old furniture for a new matching couch and loveseat.
Small touches like baskets or bins for TV remotes make it easy to tidy up in a pinch before guests arrive. Add decor to your walls, whether it's framed family photos, inspirational messages, or abstract art.
The bedroom is where your overnight guests get to let down their hair and really settle in. Make it easy for them with an update in bedding that includes fresh pillows, a comforter, and sheets on the bed. A mattress topper helps ensure a good night's sleep.
Make sure there's an extra blanket or two at the end of the bed or in the closet, too. This is one of the simplest ways to make guests really feel at home because they can add an extra layer of warmth whenever needed or just let it be part of the homey decor.
Blackout curtains on the bedroom windows accommodate guests who want more privacy. Most guests will want to tap into your Wi-Fi to stay connected, so type up a welcoming sign that has your network name and password on it. Put it in a frame, and set it on the bedside table so they don't even have to ask.
Update your flatware, drinkware, and dinner sets to match the holiday theme or season, and make sure there are enough of each to match the number of guests you'll be having. Folding chairs and tables are lifesavers in providing extra seating while taking up little space.
Pick up your essentials for cooking, baking, and serving. Programmable pressure cookers, slow cookers, and rice cookers are huge time savers. You can throw in your ingredients and let the cooker do the rest of the work while you catch up with family and friends. A coffee maker and juicer on the counter let overnight guests feel at home by making their own smoothie in the morning or waking up to a fresh pot of coffee.
A welcoming entryway makes a good first impression on your guests. Entryway essentials include a place to hang coats and stow shoes. Take care of coats with a coat rack, hall tree, line of decorative hooks on the wall, or extra hangers in your entryway closet. A shoe bench lets guests sit down to take off their shoes and then store them on a shelf underneath.
Additional accents to your entryway can include:
- A mirror, which adds light and depth to the room
- An entryway table for placing purses and keys on
- An outdoor mat with a message that matches the tone of your home or reflects seasonal colors
These accents should make friends and family feel comfortable as soon as they step foot inside your home.
Fresh, fluffy towels are a game changer when it comes to making guests feel welcome. Have extra on hand, along with washcloths and hand towels. Choose towels in different colors so your guests can keep track of which is theirs when the whole gang is visiting. Spruce up your bathroom with a toothbrush holder that matches the soap and lotion dispensers. Guests will appreciate extra toiletries that are handy in a basket or shelf in the bathroom.
When the weather is nice, conversations around the fire pit are priceless. String lights, lanterns, and solar pathway lights are simple touches that add huge effect to the welcoming atmosphere of your outdoor space. Add cushioned outdoor seating or comfortable chairs, so everyone has a place to sit down and enjoy a cool drink.