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Can you believe it? The holidays are quickly approaching. It may not be a tune you are eagerly singing to, especially when you are anticipating a huge gathering happening in your home. It can and will get frantic, it will be super busy, and you may not even have time to catch your breath. Don’t worry. If you prepare ahead, you may survive this holiday season once again. Here are a few ideas to help you prep for guests coming in this holiday season. These ideas can keep you sane while providing high-quality hospitality.
So perhaps all of your relatives have decided that your home will be their getaway vacation this holiday season. You’ve got aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, in-laws, grandpa, grandma, and the list just keeps going. What do you do? Where are you going to put them all? You are probably racking your brain trying to figure out if you even have space for all of them. Do you remember that small mattress that you have stored away? Perhaps you are wondering about its size and its twin bed dimensions. Take it out of storage and lay it on the floor in the living room. You might need one more. Tell the younger kids that they can have a camp out in the living room for the entire holiday vacation. A twin bed will serve both as a bed at night while it can also be used to sit on during gatherings by the television. Figure out the other sleeping arrangements in your home and then check one thing off your list. No more worrying about who will sleep where. Aren’t you glad you didn’t throw away that twin bed mattress?
Some of the most common items that run out fast, no matter what season it is, are toiletries. That’s right, it’s time to stock up and even more this time around. Consider visiting the dollar store to stock up on toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioners, and toilet paper. This saves you from having to revisit the store time after time, allowing you to be worry-free and guilt-free from running out of supplies. Stockpile your items underneath the bathroom sink or dedicate a section in your garage. Depending on how many guests you have coming in, you may need more than just your under-the-sink-cabinet-space to stock your items.
Hunger strikes may occur throughout the day as different family members, especially kids, may feel the urge to snack frequently during gatherings. This holiday, use paper plates instead. It’s not only eco-friendly, but it’ll save you on your water bill too. After all, you don’t want to be washing dishes all day, do you? Stock up on disposable and biodegradable paperware so that cleaning up after will be a breeze.
Fruits and Vegetables
Typically, the holidays are known for sugary sweet delights. However, large amounts of it can spoil everything. It can spoil the appetite and it can spoil your health. Not only that, but it is also stressful to think about which kind of sweet treat is okay for one family member but not the other. So instead, make natural sugar-free smoothies and save time by prepping them in packs. How? Gather several types of fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, oranges, blueberries, raspberries, avocados, carrots, zucchini, spinach, and kale. Mix and match them as desired and place them in Ziplock bags or similar containers. You can now put them in the freezer and when you are ready, just pop them in the blender. It is a simple and guilt-free breakfast or pick-me-up snack anyone can enjoy throughout the day. So save time and eat healthy by prepping fruits and vegetables ahead of time to make natural sugar-free smoothies.
Being indoors with so many people can get overwhelmingly stuffy, especially for long periods of time. Although you love sitting around with your family, catching up on stories, and just spending quality time, sometimes it’s better to take things outside. Since you are anticipating a large crowd at home this holiday season, prepare an area around your home, like the backyard or porch, for people to lounge around. For instance, consider making or purchasing a small outdoor fire pit. Gather some chairs around it and voila! You have created a great place for you and your guests to sit back, relax, and really take in the holiday season.
These are only a few ways you can survive this holiday season by prepping before your guests arrive. So get creative with that twin bed, stock up, eat healthy food, and spend quality time with your guests this holiday season. By preparing ahead of time, you will have more time to spend with them and less time stressing and worrying.