Hosting friends and family during the holidays can be a lot of fun. But hosting can also cause a lot of stress. All of that running around and those last minute preparations can really suck a lot of the joy out of the hosting experience. The good news is that hosting doesn’t have to be a major headache. Here are some simple tips to help make this holiday season a little less stressful.
1. Don’t pass your stress onto your oven
If you’re doing a lot of baking/cooking for the holidays, it’s already too late for you to run your oven’s self-cleaning mode. The self-cleaning mode puts a lot of stress on your oven. So if you follow a self-cleaning cycle with heavy oven usage; it’s very likely that your oven won’t perform at its peak levels. Even worse, your oven might flat out fail you, right when you need it the most.
2. Make sure there’s plenty of room in your fridge
Before you get started in the kitchen, clean out your fridge and make sure you have enough room for everything. There’s nothing that adds more stress than coming home from the store with all of your cooking supplies and having nowhere to put them.
3. Don’t give your in-laws added ammunition
When cleaning your home, don’t forget about the following areas:
- Shower Curtains
- Shower heads and faucets
- Medicine cabinets
- Drains (one of the most overlooked places in a bathroom when it comes to cleaning)
- Your garbage disposal, so you can avoid unpleasant odors
- Your porch
- The base of your toilet
- Your burners
4. Have your pipes fixed, before it’s too late
Even the smallest plumbing issue can turn into a huge disaster once your home is overrun with visitors. Save yourself a major headache by having one of our plumbing experts address all of your plumbing concerns before your guests arrive!
5. Be a hosting superstar by having extras on hand
If you’re having guests over, there’s a decent chance that someone will forget something fairly important. Keep extra of the following on hand, to avoid a mad dash to store.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Deodorant (a cheap spray can, one for men and one for women, will do the trick)
- Shampoo and body wash
6. Make sure outlets are easily accessible
You can pretty much count on all of your guests bringing smartphones, tablets, portable video games, laptops, etc. And they will all need places to charge those electronics. So, makes sure that your outlets aren’t blocked by furniture or decorations.
7. Make a list of things you don’t want to run out of and make sure you stock up!
- Toilet paper (you don’t want to run out on a day when most of the stores are closed)
- Tissues (we are entering cold and flu season)
- Anything else you think you might need
8. Don’t underestimate the power of keeping it simple
It’s tempting to see a ton of fun holiday ideas on Pinterest and want to do them all. But trying to over do it when hosting is the biggest cause of stress. Don’t be afraid to trim a few things off of your to-do list. You’ll be more relaxed and able to enjoy the festivities you helped create.
9. You won’t win any hosting awards if you buy the cheapest toilet paper you can find
Toilet paper is something your guests will barely notice unless you select super cheap, thin and overall unpleasant feeling TP.
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