House Guests for Christmas? Easy Tips to Get Your Home Ready

The links in the post below may be affiliate links. Read the full disclosure.

guest ready

Are you having house guests for the holidays? Here are 10 easy and frugal tips to get your house ready. Making your home comfy and inviting does not have to be stressful or cost you a lot of money and time.

Plus, having house guests or throwing a party are the best ways that I know to get those “honey-do” project finished STAT!

1. Gather “things to do” for your house guests from local attractions, places of interest, shopping, and from their hobbies. If they exercise, offer a guest pass from your gym.  If you have coupons for local entertainment, save them for your guests. Do not feel like you have to accompany your guests on every excursion. Prior planning prevents misunderstandings. Let your house guests know when you are available to play tourist with them and those times when they will be on their own.

2. A meal plan mapped out ahead of time can save money and frustration. Aim for “dollar-stretcher” meals, cook-once-and-use-twice meals, and use your slow cooker during the day so dinner is ready at night. Make some easy desserts ahead of time too.

3. Take time to de-clutter and make room for your guests to hang up their items and unpack. Living out of a suitcase is not ideal. Go to the dollar store and get some laundry baskets. If time is short, just de-clutter into the laundry baskets and stash them away until the guests are gone.

My daughter recently returned home from college. I found great items at my local Goodwill store to help her organize her bedroom. You don’t have to spend a lot of money.

4. Put a small basket in the bathroom for them to keep their toiletries in. If you have samples of shampoo, soaps and other toiletries that you have collected, offer those for your guests to use and place them in the basket. If you have an empty mason jar, place that in the bathroom for a toothbrush holder for your guests. Make sure your bathroom is stocked adequately with extra toilet paper etc.

5. If you can purchase a few items to freshen up you home, I recommend new towels for your guests in a different color from those your family is using. These can become your permanent “guest towels” if you don’t put them back in rotation after the guest have gone.

relaxing girl

6. You can also purchase new bedding if needed, bed pillows, reading lights, ear plugs, and a night light. Store your new items away so you can have them when you have house guests again.

mindy fall decorating

7. Have your glasses, silverware, dishes and coffee cups seen their better days? This is a great time to get new kitchen items. I recommend buying white dishes and simple clear glasses. You can buy place mats and napkins for each holiday. My clever friend Mindy from Mindy Laven Interiors posts great DIY decorating ideas to freshen up your home on a budget. Be inspired!

throw pillows

8. Freshen up your living room with new pillows. Place some coordinating blankets over the chairs. My east coast family keeps their house too cold for me and my California family. We are always bundled up in sweatshirts, cuddled under the blankets while they lounge in T-shirts.

mindy front door wreath

9. If you have a little more time, painting is an easy way to give your house a freshening up. You can also plant some new flowers near your entrance, replace an old welcome mat, add a wreath to the front door, buy new candles, and add fresh flowers to each room (ask about for allergies).

10.  If you are not sure whether or not you need an item, buy it and keep the receipt. If it it turns out that you didn’t need it, just return it. Know the return policy from the store and return on time!

Picture yourself as a guest in your own home. What might be missing if you were spending the night? What simple items could you add to make guests more comfortable? Often guests don’t want to keep asking for things so they might go without instead of “bothering you.”

What has worked for you in your home and as a house guest? What would have made your stay more pleasant? I welcome your ideas!

Are You a Pinner?

Are you on Pinterest? I am sharing tons of great boards and ideas from savvy savers, other bloggers and from my readers. I would love to connect with you on Pinterest. You can find me here:



Leave a comment

Designer Shoes – Picks from Your Personal Shopper

November 25, 2014
Thumbnail image for Designer Shoes – Picks from Your Personal Shopper

Whether you’re thinking about practical yet fashionable boots for the winter months, classic pumps for the office, or a hot pair of booties for New Years Eve and date night you’ll find all you’re looking for in our Designer Shoes Catalog! All of these picks are available on the Shop Your Way  site from Sears. […]

Read the full article →

Today’s Hot Deals from Amazon

November 25, 2014
Thumbnail image for Today’s Hot Deals from Amazon

We are compiling a list of the daily Hot Deals from Amazon, with help from the The Budget Bandit. These are Lightning Deals and are time sensitive. Amazon Prime Members can get them 30 minutes earlier, * a new change for 2014. If you are not an Amazon Prime member, this is a great time […]

Read the full article →

Find Today’s Free eBooks

November 25, 2014

Find Today’s Free eBooks Here! – Take a few seconds to download your favorite selections now {while they are free!} You can download free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad, smartphone or computer. I like to have new books on my iPad to read when I am waiting or traveling.     Get the FREE Kindle […]

Read the full article →

Today’s Lightning Deals for Toys

November 25, 2014
Thumbnail image for Today’s Lightning Deals for Toys

The hot lightning deals for toys have begun on We are tracking toy prices for you so you can save the most money and not be running around at the last minute. You may want to bookmark this page and check it each morning. A big thank you to the The Budget Bandit for helping us with […]

Read the full article →

Hot Cocoa Bar: Decorate on a Budget

November 24, 2014

Having guests over for the holidays? Set up a hot cocoa bar and your guests, young and old can enjoy a custom cup of hot cocoa. We set up a tea pot filled with warm milk, crystal bowls full of peppermint marshmallows, candy canes, whipped cream and festive sprinkles. The red and white peppermints and […]

Read the full article →

Family Dollar and Vaseline Want You to Take the #RapidRenewal Challenge

November 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for Family Dollar and Vaseline Want You to Take the #RapidRenewal Challenge

This post was sponsored by Global Influence, all opinions are 100% mine. I have been using Vaseline Intensive Care lotion for about 3 weeks now and took part in the Rapid Renewal challenge. My dry skin is looking and feeling so much better. I traveled from the west coast to the east coast during that time and […]

Read the full article →

Green Bean Casserole with Bacon: A New Twist!

November 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for Green Bean Casserole with Bacon: A New Twist!

Looking for a new twist on the old green bean casserole recipe? I found one I am going to try from eMeals. Consider using eMeals to make your preparation so much easier. Everyone will enjoy this food so you don’t have to fix separate meals. Check out this new recipe for Green Bean Casserole with […]

Read the full article →

CopyCat Decorating: Pottery Barn Dining Room

November 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for CopyCat Decorating: Pottery Barn Dining Room

CopyCat Decorating: The Pottery Barn Inspired Dining Room Are you sprucing up the house for holiday entertaining? You may enjoy these decorating dupes!     Hey clever girl, you know you can get “the look for less” right? Here are More with Less Today, paying full price just goes against our nature.

Read the full article →

Fashion Accessories for Under $5 Including Shipping

November 24, 2014

If you want to get a jump on some inexpensive Christmas gifts, these fashion accessories are under $5, including the shipping. These are a great way to stretch your dollars. Order now, some of these ship from overseas and take more time. Last minute gifts and stocking stuffers can be a budget buster! The prices […]

Read the full article →

Who Has the Best Price for iPad Air and iPad Air 2? Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for 2014

November 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for Who Has the Best Price for iPad Air and iPad Air 2? Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for 2014

Who has the best price for iPad Air and iPad Air 2 this year? Readers are emailing me this question so I wanted to share the best prices I have found with everyone. Here is the Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 edition. I will be updating this post as needed. If you spot a good deal […]

Read the full article →