Our Christmas guests arrive today. Where has the time gone? We spent the last day or so prepping for visitors and thought we would share a few ToDo’s on our list.
The Guest Bedroom
Fresh linens are an obvious to-do item for overnight guests. We recently upgraded our guest bedroom sheets to the percale line from Parachute home. They are a dream. At the foot of the bed we left an extra comforter in case folks are like me and prefer to sweat under the weight of a few comforters than be cold.
We put a picture frame with our internet network and password on the dresser in the guest bedroom. It is cute but I mainly did this because I know I will forget to tell someone the password before I fall asleep on the couch from exhaustion.
It is nice to have somewhere to put your suitcase (other than the floor) when traveling. We didn’t have a ton of options around the house, and I am shopped-out currently, so we wheeled in a filing cabinet which should do the trick for now. Along these lines we cleaned out the closet and provided a few spare hangers and an empty dresser drawer.
By the nightstand, we left a glass for water as well as an extra phone charger. Just next to that on the dresser is a small-to-medium sized fan. Nick really likes to sleep with a fan on. Not only do fans help with temperature monitoring but they provide some ambient noise (aka, tune out the cat running around the house at 3am).
The Guest Bathroom
We laid out some fresh towels of various sizes. Then we made sure there was enough space to hang them up in the bathroom.
If I had an extra hair dryer, I would lay that out. Maybe one day. We did stock an open vanity drawer with some essentials like an extra toothbrush and toothpaste in case anyone forgot their own.
Cleaning and Shopping
I probably purge more stuff before the holidays than during spring cleaning. I am clearly motivated by external forces, like visitors. Anyways, there were several trips to Goodwill and several things sold on Facebook Marketplace these past few weeks.
Once the stuff is organized, I did a pretty deep clean, focusing on the bathroom and kitchen. We got a robot vacuum for Black Friday. I tried it out for the first time and the floors basically cleaned themselves while I sipped on some coffee and answered emails. Welcome to 2018 (almost 2019).
Nick and I also sat down to think about Christmas Dinner so we wouldn’t have to spend precious family time at the grocery store. We hosted a friends dinner last year for Christmas Eve and made Half Baked Harvest’s Classic Lasagna – delish. It is one of those all day activities so I haven’t made it since but plan to again this year. For Christmas day, Nick is planning to make a tenderloin roast. We spent most of the morning reading all of Kenji Lopez-Alt’s recommendations in The Food Lab. I’ll work on the sides – mushroom risotto, glazed carrots, and a brussel sprout salad.
The Finishing Touches
Considering we are prepping the guest bedroom for a holiday visit, we also added a wreath over the headboard, a Christmas tree on the nightstand, and some twinkle lights around the window and on the dresser. The sheepskin rug already fits the Christmas theme and feels lovely on bare feet in the morning.