Preparing Your Home for Holiday Visitors

Preparing Your Home for Holiday Visitors

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The holiday season is right around the corner and with the onset of holiday season comes many visits from family and friends. Follow these few tips on how to prepare your home for those holiday visitors.

Keep Ages of All Visitors in Mind

From the little kids to the elderly, all visitors have special needs and your house needs to be ready for their visit. Starting with the little ones – be sure to have outlet covers in the outlets where the little ones might be exploring. Install temporary gates by the stairs, especially if there isn’t a door to keep shut. If they are a little bit older, maybe putting on temporary door locks would be helpful and keep the children on one level so everyone can keep an eye on them.

As for the elderly, try and keep all the festivities on one level, especially if they have difficulty with the stairs. If grandparents or other older visitors are staying for a few days, be sure to have everything they might need in one location. Have an extra pair of sheets, towels and blankets stored in their room. If it is possible have them stay on a level where a bathroom is located. During the night have a few night lights turned on in both the bathroom and hallway areas.

Keep The Kitchen Running Smoothly

With the constant flow of visitors, come the constant turn around of meals in the kitchen. Since so many meals will be made in a short period of time, make sure your kitchen will be up to the job of performing to the max.

Clean your microwave, range, and toaster. When debris or other dirt and grim get into these appliances, they may not be working as efficiently as they should be. Take some time and get into those nooks and crannies to remove any build up.

Clean out your refrigerator. Make sure that all leftovers and other mystery foods get thrown out to make more room for the extra groceries you will need to buy for your visitors. Replace any burnt out light bulbs with new appliance bulbs. Wipe down shelves and drawers. Clean out your freezer and well. Check for freezer burned food items and possible other expired frozen items, to make room for any new food. Be sure that your freezer vents are not blocked in order to make your appliance run more efficiently. Make and store ice cubes ahead of time.

By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to enjoy time with your visitors during the holiday season without all the added extra stress.

Ann Martin is a contributing writer for Dinnerware Center, which offers an array of dinnerware styles and flatware sets, such as the Noritake colorwave and Noritake china sets. Ann is a writer for other home and garden websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys spending time entertaining in her home.

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Ann Martin

Ann Martin is a freelance writer for Dinnerware Center, which is home to an extensive collection of dinnerware and flatware sets. Ann is a writer for other home and cooking websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.