Getting Your Home Ready for Guests
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. So, chances are friends and family will come knocking before too long. Are you ready? More importantly, is your home ready?
Halloween has come and gone, which means November is here and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We can practically smell the turkey, stuffing, and cranberries already. Mmmmmmmm! So, chances are friends and family will come knocking before too long. Are you ready? More importantly, is your home ready?
Our Thanksgiving Recipe for Success 🦃
Hosting Thanksgiving is a big deal, and, quite frankly, the whole ordeal can be a bit stressful. So, it is important to be prepared and get as much done as you can leading up to Turkey Day. If you tackle one of the below tasks every few days, your home will be looking it’s best when Thanksgiving finally arrives.
1. Spruce Up Your Front Yard
You only get one chance to make a first impression. And while experts can’t agree on just how long it takes a person to form an opinion, estimates range from seven to 20 seconds, it is clear that you don’t have long to really wow your guests. In fact, they won’t even have a chance to walk through the front door before they have already started to analyze and critique your ability as Thanksgiving host. So, tackling your front yard is an absolute must.
Make sure bushes, trees, and other plants are trimmed. Give your yard one last mow before winter. Rake up all of those pesky leaves. And don’t forget to decorate. A few well-placed bales of hay and a couple pumpkins can really make your home more welcoming.
2. Prepare a Place for Coats
‘Tis the season for heavy coats. So, make sure you have a dedicated place for guests to hang their coats and drop off any other goodies they may have brought with them – purses, diaper bags, etc. If you have a coat closet, perfect! Just make sure there is enough room to accommodate all of your guests. If you do not have a dedicated coat closet, or yours simply does not have enough space, consider cleaning out a mud room or guest room for coats and belongings.
3. Be Our Guest
Do you have friends or family coming from out of town? If you do, there has never been a better time to spruce up your guest room. You want your guest room to be comforting and inviting, but be sure to keep decorating simple. You want this room to appeal to a wide range of people – grand parents, nieces and nephew, that college buddy who always needs a place to crash.
4. Clean the Bathroom
This one should be a no-brainer, but we had to mention it. You should always, always, always clean the bathroom before your guests arrive. Scrub the floors, clean the toilet, bathtub, and sink, and be sure to stock up on important items, like toilet paper and hand soap. Also, it’s a good idea to put out a clean hand towel for guests.
5. HVAC Tune-Up Time
To ensure your home is in tip-top condition, it is a good idea to have your HVAC system serviced before your guests arrive. You can also help balance airflow by strategically shutting vents in unoccupied areas of the home. This should increase airflow elsewhere, helping to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Energy efficient window treatments can also make a big difference. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) claims that windows account for 25-40% of a home’s annual heating and cooling costs. Energy efficient window treatments provide year round energy savings by cooling in the summer and retaining heat in the winter. All window treatments have energy saving properties, but some are inherently more efficient than others.
6. Prep the Kitchen, Clean the Silverware
When it comes to Thanksgiving, two rooms should be at the top of your list – the kitchen and dining room. But before you get to enjoy that delicious turkey dinner, you need a place to prepare all that foo. So, let’s start with the kitchen.
First and foremost, counter space is key. Not only will you need a lot of space to prep each course, but your guests will undoubtedly bring dishes of their own that will also require some amount of preparation before serving. So, consider putting some of those items that traditionally live on your counter into storage – at least until Thanksgiving is over. Things like your blender, toaster, toaster oven, drying rack, etc. take up a lot of usable space. And don’t forget to clean the oven.
Another important task that many forget completely is your silverware. Make sure your silverware is clean and shiny before your guests arrive. Nothing can ruin a dinner quicker than dirty silverware.
- Place silverware in an aluminum or enamel pot filled with water, salt and baking soda.
- Bring the water to a boil for three minutes.
- Remove the silverware and place each piece into warm, soapy water and scrub with a cloth.
7. Childproof Your Home
This step is not always obvious, especially for those who do not have young children. However, if your guest list includes any toddlers or babies – really anyone under the age of 5 – you may want to do a little child proofing. You can get outlet caps to keep tiny fingers out. Make sure any breakable or dangerous items are out of reach. And don’t forget about your window treatments. Window cords are one of the top hidden hazards in most homes, injuring 1,590 children between the ages of 14 months and eight-years-old from 2006 to 2012, according to estimates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Read more about window covering safety.
8. Thanksgiving (Window) Dressing
While we can’t help you dress the turkey, we can help you dress your window treatments. Next Day Blinds can professionally measure your windows, custom build your window treatments, and install them before Thanksgiving.
Our products never leave our hands until they’re in yours. All of our blinds, shades, and shutters are sold, constructed, installed, and serviced by Next Day Blinds employees and no one else. This allows us to better control our production and installation schedules and bring you premium-quality, fully custom window coverings in days instead of weeks or months—at competitive, factory-direct prices.