Whether it’s upgrading your area rugs, throwing on a fresh coat of paint, or surrounding yourself with winter greenery... There are lots of easy, quick fixes.
1. Your Guests Flock to Your Kitchen
There’s going to be heavy foot traffic through your home this time of year, so make sure to invest in some of the best area rugs for your kitchen. Having a big overhaul of your kitchen with a new carpet installation, or repainting the walls is a lot of work, and it can get stressful fast.
There are three basic requirements that make an area rug awesome for your kitchen:
- It has a rubber, non-skid backing that keeps family, and pets if you have them, from slipping and tripping over wandering area rugs.
- It’s comfortable, of course! You want your feet to feel warm and cozy.
- Last, but certainly not least, the best kitchen rugs are easy to clean.
2. Decorating Starts With a Clean Slate
Do a deep clean of your house to get everything sparkly and freshly washed.
Sometimes, it really is as simple as creating some space for the holiday decorations you’re about to bring out.
Coats! The "most wonderful time of the year" gets chilly, so there will be lots of extra coats and scarves lying around these days.
Make sure there’s extra space in your coat closet for your visitors. While you’re at it, now is a great time to think about whether or not you want to do any rearranging of your furniture.
Lots of people coming over means you need a place for everyone to sit. If you don't have a designated entertaining space in your home, you can make one really easily by rearranging your furniture to make clear walkways and defined gathering areas.
3. Decking the Halls
Decorations are sparkly, beautiful, and so much fun. But sometimes, all you need is some greens - a tree, garlands, maybe a wreath.
Whatever you choose, it will be well worth the cost. They look like Christmas and smell amazing.
4. Staying Cozy and Warm
The floors get really cold this time of year.
Rugs keep all that slush from turning into a safety hazard. If you’ve been wondering how to protect your hardwood floors, this is it.
Mix up your throw pillows, and move extra blankets within easy reach. They add to the cozy factor, especially when they’re made of heavy, soft, winter materials.
5. In-Laws. Notice. Every. Thing.
*I have to admit, the original credit for this humorously accurate statement goes to a clever billboard spotted in my hometown.
Are your wood stairs all scratched up from your dogs? Or your high heeled shoes?
What about that giant water stain in the middle of your floor? Yes, that one, under your dining room table. You think they might not notice, but wouldn't you rather just forget about it yourself?
6. Don't Forget the Little Things
Do you have a guest room? Hosting this year?
Little details like making the extra towels easy to find, or setting out a few candles in the bathroom makes your guests feel extra welcome.
Some people go so far as providing travel-sized toiletries, extra toothbrushes, even bathrobes. But you don't have to turn your home into the Ritz to make your guests feel special.
Greet them with a big hug and a smile, and you're off to a great start. Flannel sheets on the bed make it extra cozy, so they'll feel snug as a bug in a rug.
If cocktails are your thing, here's the single most important pro-tip to remember: have lots of extra ice. Lots of guests mean lots of drinks, and that means you need to have enough ice to keep all those drinks cold.
Scent is a powerful influencer. Just smelling nutmeg is enough to get me fantasizing about a fresh pumpkin pie.
You can boil orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to spread a delightful aroma through your home whenever you'd like.
Use this trick for a party, or for your own wintery afternoon at home enjoying a cup of tea with your houseguests.