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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.

Guest bedroom

10Ready your home for holiday guestsMake space

If you know you'll be having overnight guests during the holidays, it's important to make space for their belongings. Even if they're only staying one or two nights, clear out some space in the guest closet for them to hang their items.

11Provide toiletries

No, you don't have to spend a small fortune at Sephora to accommodate an overnight guest, but it's nice to leave a travel-size hand cream and shower gel for them to use during their stay in case they forgot to bring their own.

12Create a comfortable atmosphere

Along with toiletries, leave a fresh bath sheet and hand towel for your guest at the foot of the bed, along with some light reading material (magazines or a book of short stories) and a bedside lamp. Be sure to show them everything they might need to know, such as how the shower works and where to find basics like coffee, cereal and milk.

Holiday how-to

How to display holiday cards

Do you love the annual flurry of holiday greetings, but not the tumbling mess it creates on the mantel? This creative solution is a fun and easy way to show off your cards.

More holiday decorating ideas

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