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12 Cheap and cheerful ways to get your home ready for holiday guests

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Ready your home for holiday guests

Thanksgiving is around the corner, followed closely by Christmas, which means your home will soon be full of holiday guests. As tempting as it is to panic that your house is hardly presentable for the mailman to drop by, let alone the influx of family and friends sure to be knocking, fear not. We’ve put together a list of affordable ideas to get your home refreshed, organized and ready for even your mother-in-law’s approval.

Living room

4Ready your home for holiday guestsDe-clutter

Other than the dining table, your living room is where most of the action will occur during holiday hosting. Make sure all toys, exercise equipment, errant shoes and anything else lying around on the floor is moved out of sight before guests arrive. The coffee table should also be cleared off, and any clutter replaced with a few simple coasters.

5Add festive touches

Adding seasonal decorative touches doesn't have to cost much. Fill a glass bowl with miniature pumpkins or apples and display on the mantel. Or place lightly scented candles (pine, cinnamon or nutmeg) on various surfaces, string twinkle lights along the banister for a festive ambiance and bring some of the outside in with large bowls of pine cones and ribbons of birch bark.

6Spice up the conversation

Depending on the types of guests, conversation cards can be a good way to break the ice. You can buy them or make your own (print topics of interest to inspire discussion on nice cardstock) and leave them on the coffee table or dining room table.

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