Since we’re just barely starting into fall, it may seem an odd time to think about holiday entertaining. Thankfully, we do still have over two months to prepare for Thanksgiving and the winter entertaining season. Still, putting off all the preparations until just before the holidays can create quite the stressful situation. Instead, it’s best to start preparing early so that you don’t have to undergo a last-minute rush. Here are a few ideas for items to prepare now, that will both aid your guests and make your home more relaxing for you as well.
Prepare Your Guest Rooms
Of course, you will want to clean the room and freshen the linens just before your guests arrive. Now, however, is a perfect time to attend to the longer-term projects that can improve your guests’ experiences. Perhaps drywall walls could use a new coat of paint to perk things up a bit. Does the mattress need to be rotated, or is it time for a replacement? Try to get large projects out of the way now, so that the only attention the room will need come the holidays is light cleaning and bed-making.
Organize Your Kitchen Drawers and Cabinets
Even the most organized of us find that our kitchens succumb to entropy in short order. Tableware tends to have more uniform shapes and sizes which makes them easier to keep organized. On the other hand, cookware and kitchen utensils are more irregular and harder to keep organized. Now is the perfect time to go through your drawers and organize the kitchen. If you haven’t used an item in a while and can’t see using it this holiday season, consider donating it to help reduce clutter. By organizing the kitchen now, you will give yourself time to become accustomed to any new item locations before you entertain.
Clean Out the Coat Closet
The coat closet is a space that may not have seen the light of day all summer long. It is likely still full and disorganized after last winter. If it is left untamed, your coat closet will likely lack the space needed for your guests’ coats. Clean out your closet now and your guests’ first impressions will be a great one.
Change Your Welcome Mat
The changing seasons also mean a change in what your shoes track inside. In the fall, leaves start to become a problem and soon enough, depending on where you live, snow may as well. Your summer welcome mat may not be up to the challenge, so consider putting out a fall or winter-themed mat that can stand up to more use.
We hope this guide will help you plan ahead and reduce stress when it is time to entertain, and if you would like a brand-new log home perfect for entertaining, please call Real Log Homes today or fill out the form below for more information.