Visitors heading your way? Here’s how to prep your place for a happy stay without exhausting yourself.
Hosting doesn’t have to be a chore. Impress family and friends (and save yourself a headache) with this expertapproved advice.
Deb Sindler, is a veritable hosting goddess. A mom of three in Pittsburgh, she and her ever-gracious husband welcome family and friends for weekends, weeks, sometimes months—all while remaining totally chill.
I, on the other hand, start panicking the minute friends mention they might be anywhere near my zip code. Are my toilets clean enough? What do the visiting kids eat for breakfast? How can I mask the marker/ slime/glitter stains on our secondhand IKEA dining table? Will they scoff at my tacky taste in coffee? And where will everyone put their stuff? The (first-world) stress of it all is enough to make me want to splurge on a hotel gift card and send them packing.
But as my family and I head into our first holiday season as homeowners, I decided to finally conquer my hosting anxiety. So I reached out to hospitality pros and experienced hosts for the most effective, most realistic tips for making my home ready for family and friends—without going bananas. Read on for their valuable insights from what you can do in advance to last-minute tweaks that’ll make any guest feel right at home.