Maybe you have that family member that is known to “just happen to be in the neighborhood” and wants to swing by to see you. Or a neighbor that knocks on your door in need of a cup of milk or an egg at the most inconvenient time. As the holiday season quickly approaches, these unexpected guests tend to show up at your doorstep more often than normal, so now is the time to ask “is your apartment guest ready?”
What’s the first thing your guest sees when you open the door and invite them in? Is it a shoe pile and a stack of mail? A pleasant first impression of your apartment sets the tone for your guest, so keep your entry clear of clutter, add a decorative basket to hide your shoes, and install a rack to hang coats, purses and keys.
You may be unaware of smells in your apartment because you live there and have become used to them. This is especially true if you have pets, enjoy cooking, or live in an older apartment. Guests can often pick up on smells – good or bad – that you cannot. Add seasonal oil diffusers and candles to your entryway and throughout your apartment (don’t forget the bathroom) to give your home a festive yet pleasant aroma.
It’s inevitable, your guests will need to use your restroom. Keep your restroom tidy throughout the holiday season by adding a towel hanger to the back of the bathroom door, a dirty clothes hamper, and stock up on hand soap, toilet paper, and air freshener to prevent awkward situations for your guest.
Be Clutter Free
Is your dining room used to store your Amazon Prime packages or your folded laundry? Is your living room open with plenty of seating? When preparing for holiday season, clear out the open areas of your apartment and put away the items that you don’t need. The less clutter you have, the more space you have for your beloved unexpected guests.
If you have an extra room in your apartment, you may be prone to these unexpected guests. Set up your guest bedroom as if you were listing your room on Airbnb by putting fresh sheets on the bed, fluffing the pillows, add a small trash can, and make sure there is room for them to store a suitcase.
There is nothing worse than a friend or family member showing up at your doorstep with a messy and unprepared apartment behind you. By using these quick and easy tips throughout the holiday season, you will be prepared and on standby for Aunt Betty or Fred from your fraternity to swing by. Happy holidays!