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It’s that time of year when people show up at your door unexpectedly. This means taking a little time to prepare your home for more traffic, and consider ways to make it as welcoming as possible.

The first step in this process actually begins outside the home. How is your lighting? Are the walkways clear and clean? The exterior of your home is like a letter of introduction and you want it to read “WELCOME”.

Step two is standing at your own doorway. How easy is it for guests to get wet boots or shoes off? Where do coats go? And, as you stand here, where are the areas filled with clutter?

Making a space for shoes and coats might be simpler once the clutter is neatly tucked away. Sometimes that means temporarily moving a piece of furniture into storage until the holiday is over, but the extra space it provides is something you’ll be grateful for again and again.

Speaking of space, how’s your seating option looking? If you’re having a party, make sure there are enough chairs in various rooms. Again, you don’t want things crowded. Sometimes you can ask guests to bring a folding chair (we also keep our summer chairs in the cellar for just such occasions).

Fourth, a tidy and clean home need not be pristine. This is your living space and if you’re not comfortable therein, your guests won’t be comfortable either. Also in the comfort zone, if you’re using the fireplace to create ambiance, remember to adjust the temperature so people don’t get too hot.
Finally, have a space ready for that guest who needs to stay the night.

Have a little cup filled with a toothbrush, tooth paste, special soap, and a wash cloth for their use. Leave a book on the bed, or maybe a bottle of wine on the night stand. Always remember those little touches mean a lot, and you’re making memories that will last a lifetime.

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