December 10, 2013
Make Room for Holiday Houseguests
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
I dug through my archives and wanted to share this gem on getting organized for guests with you again, just in time for the holidays:
The holidays are definitely a hectic time -- especially if you are the host. Get ready this year by planning ahead -- and organize your entryway, closets, mudroom, kitchen and guest room. With less clutter and a few simple organizational tips you won't feel overwhelmed.
When guests arrive they will either come in through the front door or your mudroom. Organize either your foyer closet or mudroom to be ready for the impending loads of coats, scarves, boots, gloves, hats and umbrellas. Here are a few useful ideas to help organize your entry way:
1 This entry way has a a Double Hang Closet Rod ($9.99 from The Container Store) -- it provides the perfect extra space to hang double the amount of coats your closet usually can store. Extra hooks on the door come in handy for hand-bags and hanging scarves.
2 Organize your personal gloves and scarves in drawers or storeage boxes so they are out of the way when guests arrive, that way your belongings won't get mixed in with theirs.
3 Wherever you keep your maintenance closet, be sure to organize it properly before guests arrive -- that way, when you need supplies to clean up an accident everything will be easy to get to.
4 Keep wires organized so they do not get wet near any entryways.
5 I love these rolling bins, they are perfect to go under an entryway bench and they are easy to rinse out and clean -- so putting shoes and boots in them would be a wonderful idea!
6 These bins are perfect for linen closets or foyer closets (bins for scarves, gloves, etc.). The labels are simple to change so they are not perminant. You can find great bins like these at Home Depot in the Martha Stewart line.
7 Get dry umbrellas out the way by putting them on door hooks.
8 I love the different layers of shelving at the bottom of the closet, you can store so much!
9 If you don't have a boot tray handy, just use an old baking sheet to put wet boots on.
10 Make an average boot tray beautiful by adding some white rocks to the bottom.
11 This rack is perfect to dry hats, scarves and gloves on.
12 Here's a great product from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot -- it's the perfect bench to put in a mudroom, and the bins below are great for storing items.
13 This is the perfect bin to use for storage, they will slide into the compartments in the bench pictured before.
14 This Commercial Grade Garment Rack from Bed Bath and Beyond is the perfect addition to a mudroom when you are expecting many visitors.
15 The Container Store has Command Adhesive Brushed Nickel Hooks -- very useful to have on the back of closet doors to hang handbags, scarves and other accessories.
Here, a helpful and simple check list for you to follow for your guests' bedroom:
- Allot adequate closet and drawer space & provide hangers.
- Have a full-length mirror in the bedroom.
- Having a working alarm clock in the bedroom.
- Invest in a few small touches in the room, such as bottled water, chocolate or fresh flowers.
- If able to, provide a sitting area with a pillow and throw, an adjacent table, and a good adjustable-brightness lamp in the room your guests will be staying in.
- Provide extra blankets for temperature control in the bedroom.
- Provide reading material, including several magazines and a daily newspaper.
- Stock enough towels, washcloths and hand towels for all guests.
- Stock up on toilet paper and other necessities and make sure they know where to locate extras.
Having everything your visitors will need already in their reach will allow them the freedom to enjoy the wonderful visit that you are providing. Here are some other great ideas to include in your guests' bathroom...
1 Having plenty of towel racks will keep wet towels off the floor and your guests will have dry towels the next time they take a shower.
2 Having a few every day toiletries in sight in your guests' bathroom will help them come time to shower and get dressed. I love these stacked cubes used as shelves and the clear jars are perfect for cotton balls and swabs.
3 Buying a few clear, empty bottles and labeling them according to what you fill them will is perfect for a guest bathroom. You can always keep them filled for the next guest that visits.
4 This hair dryer is similar to the ones you may see in hotels -- adding one to your guest bathroom will come in handy!
5 I love this idea of different color tags on towels, everyone will know which towel is theirs.
6 Take a clear umbrella stand and turn it into a tube to hold toiletpaper.
7 Again, these bottles were bought empty and items like aloe, lotion and hairspray were poured in to provide guests with the bathroom essentials.
8 From The Container Store, these Clear Droplet Bath Accessories are perfect for a guest bathroom. You can keep soap dispensers filled and extra toothbrushes available.
9 These Nalgene Wide-Mouthed Leakproof Bottles from The Container Store are great to fill with shampoo and conditioner for guest bathrooms.
Prepare for your company and the guarantee of leftovers by organizing your kitchen so that you have plenty of space to store food. Its also a good idea to get your cabinets and drawers in tip-top shape, giving you easy access to platters, bowls, knives and other cooking accessories.
1 This is the dream refrigerator! The Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond, Martha Stewart Collection For Macy's, and Snapware have some wonderful storeage pieces for your refrigerator -- like clear leftover containers, soda holders, wine racks, and shelf risers.
2 A simple and easy way to label glasses during a cocktail hour or after your Thanksgiving feast -- it will also help you from doing more dishes and running out of drinking glasses.
3 These clear containers are perfect for dried foods -- you can see easily what is in them and they are easy to stack.
4 Having a rack to organize pots' and pans' lids will save you a lot of time from digging through your cabinets when you are cooking.
5 Having a no-slip drawer will help you keep sharp items organized and easy to get to. They will also let you keep dangerous items out of reach from younger houseguests.
6 This is a wonderful way to organize your recipes! Slide them into a clear protectant and clip them in a binder -- you won't have to worry about spilling over your recipes.
7 Just like the pots' and pans' lids, this is a great way to organize cutting boards and platters. Why stack platters and have to dig through them when you need them right away -- instead keep them stacked on their sides.
8 If you do not have a wired rack to stack glasses, you can use a simple tray instead.
9 With all of your Thanksgiving leftovers, be sure to store them properly. These freezer bags allow you to label and mark the date of when you put them in your freezer.
10 Keep your cleaning supplies below the sink and away from the food! These door hooks are perfect to help organize your kitchen's cleaning cabinet.
11 Make taking home leftovers for your guests playful by placing them in Chinese take-out boxes (containerstore.com).
12 From the Martha Stewart Collection, this 16-piece Food Storage Container set ($29.99) is a perfect way to keep leftovers in your refrigerator (the airtight containers keeps your food fresh).
13 I love this spice rack -- it's easy to keep your spices organized while cooking for the holidays.
Happy holiday organizing!
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