The holidays are fast approaching, which for some people means one thing: guests. If your house has been designated as an official gathering spot for get-togethers, then you already know it can be a little stressful at times. We love hanging out with friends and family too, so we put together a few small improvements you can make before the holidays to get your space in shape!
First impressions matter. Your entryway is the first thing your guests will see when they approach your house. To that end, there are several minor improvements you could do to tidy up the entryway.
Here are a couple ideas:
• Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door
• Replace the door hardware
• Paint the porch
• Upgrade the porch or door lights.
Safety is another important thing to consider when evaluating the entryway to your home. Make sure that your path is swept (or shoveled!) and clear of debris, and that your stairs and stair-rails are secure and well-lit.
2. Storage space
After the hugs and handshakes, guests usually want to take off their coats. Having a place to put shoes and coats will relieve a common worry that you might associate with having visitors. This tip is great if your guests are just staying for the afternoon, or for the whole week! If you don’t have an official hall closet, now is a good time to consider coat hanging alternatives. Rearranging another existing closet or installing over-door coat hangers are both great options. If you’re expecting overnight visitors, evaluating the storage system in your guest room is a worthwhile step.
3. Guest bathroom
Designated “guest” areas in your home often don't get upgraded as soon as spaces that are used frequently. If your guest bathroom is dimly lit or has outdated fixtures, updating those could make a huge difference! Alternately, a fresh coat of paint and some new towel racks could be all you need to make guests feel more comfortable and cared for.
We know. Kitchen renovation is on every list of top home improvements, ever. Nonetheless, the holidays are often enjoyed while cooking and around the dinner table. Navigating cross-kitchen traffic and digging for the right bowls or serving spoons can be a challenge. Having a nice-looking and multifunctional kitchen ensures that the focus stays on what really matters - the people. Apart from an aesthetic alteration, kitchen renovation allows for a lot of functional improvements.
Some examples include:
• Reconfigure the storage of your pots and pans
• Overhaul the pantry for maximum efficiency
• Install an under-cabinet wine glass rack
• Upgrade the lighting for an improvement to both form and function.
The options for holiday home improvement are virtually limitless. For more creative improvement tips for your home, check out our guide, 10 Affordable Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value.
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