Get ahead of the game this year by making sure your home is ready for both planned and surprise overnight Christmas guests before you get distracted with gift shopping, ordering turkeys and general Christmas chaos.

Follow our top tips below to alleviate your pre-seasonal stress and guarantee that your humble abode is warm and welcoming whilst being super practical. 'Tis the season to be jolly after all!

P.S. we’re not to blame if their expectations are exceeded massively and they nominate you to host again the following year...

Get Ready for Christmas Guests With the Help of OHS!

Declutter and Create Space

Since most of us end up using guest bedrooms as make-do storage areas, remember to remove clutter and make a spot for a suitcase or travel bag. By creating space now, you won’t be phased when bag after bag and box after box is brought from your Christmas guest’s never-ending boot.

This is also an ideal opportunity to clear out your wardrobe and drawers to free up some hanging space for Christmas guests and any new things you may receive this year.

Vacuum bags are a great storage solution for summer clothes and bedding that have found their way into the room. These drastically reduce the size of your items and can then be stored away either under the bed or in the loft.

Consider gathering additional storage options for your Christmas guest’s belongings to optimise the limited space in communal areas like the bathroom and keep them clutter-free.

Refresh With Soft Furnishings

Looking to spruce up your guest room for Christmas guests? Now is your chance to refresh! Treat your visitors to contemporary, high-quality bedding along with perfectly plump pillows and a winter duvet for maximum comfort levels.

We’re obsessed with this waffle effect duvet cover set from the Sienna rage which provides the ideal foundation for your Christmas guest bedroom setup. The face features a square textured design whilst the reverse side is a plain polyester so you can mix it up throughout the festive season. The lovely texture also ensures this is a non-iron bedding set which means there’s one less thing on your to-do list!

To top off your Christmas guest boudoir, add some dimension and further comfort with our affordable range of cushions and throws!
Sienna Waffle Weave Duvet Cover Set  Brentfords Teddy Cushion Covers  Highams Mohair Throw

Stock Up on Toiletries and Towels

Besides the festive period, it’s a good idea to have all the essentials ready when you’re expecting not only Christmas guests but general guests throughout the year. We’ve all been’ve left the house, all packed up, and 10 minutes down the road you realise you’ve forgotten your toothbrush.

Therefore, do your Christmas guests a huge favour and leave out a small supply of anything you feel necessary (toothpaste, shower gel, deodorant etc.) either in the spare bedroom or the ensuite. They don’t need to be completely brand new every time either!

Don’t forget to provide some freshly washed 100% cotton towels that your Christmas guests can use throughout their stay as well. This is the one item that we’re almost certain they won’t bring so you will most definitely need to have some to hand.

You could even go one step further and give the room a high-end hotel feel by picking up our Brentfords 100% Cotton Towelling Dressing Gown, either to keep for future company or as an early gift for your Christmas guests...
Brentfords Towel Bale 6 Piece  Brentfords 100% Cotton Towelling Dressing Gown

Make Seasonal Snacks

Whip up a fresh batch of anything festive that you fancy presenting upon your Christmas guest’s arrival, the smell will likely fill the house with a drool-worthy aroma.

If your Christmas guests have come a long way, a tasty treat or two will be particularly welcomed and get them into the Christmas spirit pronto!

Check out our ‘Easy Mince Pie Recipe’ post, it’s vegan-friendly and can easily be made gluten-free. Pair with mulled wine for the grown-ups or hot chocolate for the little ones of the bunch.