DIY Hacks to Prepare Your Home For Holiday Guests

Marni Epstein-MervisSeptember 13, 2018

Home improvement projects not only add value to your home, but can help tremendously when it comes to hosting friends and family from out of town. Now that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, friends and family will be coming through your door, bearing gifts and good cheer. But, as any good host knows, there is a lot to do before your guests arrive. You have to make sure your home is ready and presentable.

Check out these seven DIY hacks to help prepare your home for holiday guests.

Upgrade Your Kitchen

Opening your home for the holidays starts with your kitchen. It’s the space where people tend to gather and it’s going to get a lot of foot traffic in the upcoming weeks. Kitchen renovations can take anywhere from one week to a couple of months depending on the size of the project. You can start by adding a new backsplash, updating your appliances, or incorporating more storage options. The possibilities are endless!

Keep a Fresh Fridge

If you don’t have the time and resources to do a full kitchen upgrade, there are still steps you can – and should – take to ready your kitchen for company. Your refrigerator will no doubt become one of the focal points of your home as guests arrive for holiday festivities and meals. At the very least, you’ll want to organize your fridge so it doesn’t take you forever to find the whipping cream for your dessert. In addition to being able to see what you’ve got, clearing out your refrigerator will help maintain a fresh smell. To go one step further, add a few drops of vanilla extract to a wet cloth and wipe down drawers and shelves. For dried-on refrigerator spills, mix equal parts vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle, spritz, let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe. Voila!

Unclog Slow-Moving Garbage Disposals

You’re going to need all the sink and garbage disposal power you can get when it’s time to clean up after those holiday meals. If your garbage disposal needs a good kick in the pants, so to speak, try this recipe. Pour in 1⁄2 cup baking soda, followed by 1⁄2 cup vinegar and let it sit for two hours. Run warm water, or turn on the disposal for a few seconds, and there you have it!

Upgrade Your Bathroom

More guests mean more people sharing a bathroom. So, it may be the right time to kickstart that bathroom project you’ve been putting off. A bathroom re-do can potentially increase the value of your home and is also a good way to give yourself a little peace of mind when you’ve got friends and family staying with you for the holidays. There are many ways you can take on a bathroom upgrade whether it be with little additions, like more storage and cabinet space, or full-on renovations.

Make a Modern Floating Wood Mantel

A floating wood mantel is the perfect DIY project for hanging stockings and other holiday decorations. It’s also a great way to enhance your fireplace and living room. A mantel addition helps make the space more inviting and cheerful, and assembling a contemporary DIY mantel may be easier than you think. HGTV offers great step-by-step instructions!

Scrub Away Wall Smudges

Your house may be in need of a fresh coat of paint, however painting your whole house is a big job that could take weeks. For something a bit easier, try freshening up your walls by scrubbing away the scuffs and smudges. Just combine a little white vinegar and warm water and apply the solution to any wall with a cloth. Those pesky marks will be gone in no time.

Bring in a New Stair Runner

Transform the spaces in your house that your guests will use the most. We’re not just talking about those gathering rooms, like the kitchen and living room, but hallways, corridors, and even staircases. Toss out your old, overused stair runner and swap in a new one for a completely new look. Buy something neutral to complement the design aesthetic of your house and soft to appeal to the feet that will be traveling up and down!

Start Prepping

Now it’s time to start prepping your home for the holiday season ahead. Remember, you may not be able (or even need to) tackle all of these jobs. Pick the ones that benefit your home the most and let the work begin!

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    Marni Epstein-Mervis

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