Don't be daunted by the thought of Christmas visitors. Some simple home improvements will make sure you are ready to welcome them in style.
We all love to welcome friends and family into our homes, but when our Christmas to-do list isn't getting any shorter, preparing the house for visitors can feel like an extra task too many.
This handy guide requires minimum effort for maximum results!
It's hard to keep your home looking orderly at Christmas - decorations, presents and extra food and drink can quickly fill up storage space. Guests arriving with luggage and heavy coats will only add to the strain.
Add simple rows of hooks to create hanging space; place them on the backs of doors in guest bedrooms to hide dressing gowns and in the bathroom for hanging bulky towels.
If you have space in your kitchen or dining room, an inexpensive shelving unit will provide storage and a display area in one.
Whether guests are lucky enough to have use of the spare room or will be bedding down on the sofa, you can still give them a touch of the hotel experience with some crisp new bed linen and pillows.
A good thing about hosting guests at Christmas is that it provides a reason for finally solving those niggling problem areas around the home. Most of them will be quick fixes; attaching a cover to an ugly radiator or hiring a Rug Doctor to clean dirty carpets.
Even bigger projects such as wallpapering uneven walls need not be a hassle; our help and advice guides can shave hours off the work time, leaving you with a stylish room that leaves all the right impressions.
Decorative lighting looks special at any time of the year, and at Christmas it's a must. Don't confine fairy lights to the tree though; wind them around banisters or drape over mantle pieces - but always make sure the lights are fully unwound first.
Pepper light displays with quirky Christmas figurines and decorations and keep things fresh by introducing some indoor plants and placing them in simple white bowls as part of an unusual table setting.
Made a beautiful Christmas garland or a warming winter light display? Redecorated your spare room or found an ingenious use for leftover tinsel? Whatever you've done, we'd love to see your Christmas creations!
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