Thanksgiving can be a wonderful holiday—especially when everyone is getting along. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your place this year, here are some steps you can take to prepare your home for guests, whether they’re visiting for the day or staying overnight.
No matter how long your guests will be with you, you want to have enough room for everybody. A week or so before Thanksgiving arrives, go around your home and do some decluttering. You may even find you have items you just don’t need—things you can donate, sell, recycle, or throw out.
Make room in a closet for coats of guests who will be with you for Thanksgiving day and clear out a dresser for overnight guests.
If you have a self storage unit, you can put some things in there for the duration of the holiday, and even through Christmas, if you’re going to have guests over again. If you don’t have a storage unit, you can rent a 5x5 unit on a month-to-month basis and store clutter in it during the holiday season. Be sure to rent a storage unit with climate control, which will keep your things safe from the cold, dry weather.
Do you have enough beds and bedding for guests who are staying over after Thanksgiving? Perhaps you have a guest room or a couch that turns into a bed. If not, get an air mattress. Now is a good time to stock up on extra sheets and blankets as well.
When your guests arrive on Thanksgiving, have snacks available. If the turkey’s taking a little longer than expected to cook, your guests may get peckish and want some appetizers.
Have a mix of candy, chips, and crackers as well as healthy options like nuts and vegetables.
Also, have plenty of toilet paper on hand, plus a plunger and toilet brush next to the toilet. Let your guests know where the towels and washcloths are.
When you have guests over, the dirty dishes pile up faster. Stay on top of it by washing your dishes more often than you normally would. Try to put the dishes away after they’re dry so that your guests are able to find them.
Make sure your guests are able to stay connected by providing your wifi password with them. Add power strips to outlets so that multiple devices can be charged at once.
Make your guests’ Thanksgiving memorable by planning a unique holiday activity. This could include taking a family walk, playing games together, or visiting a nearby park. For inspiration, check out this list of five unusual ways to enjoy thanksgiving.