It’s nearly Christmas time, the time of year when things are starting to pile up – things like people in your house, which usually means more dishes… We all love spending time with our families, but it’s important that the time we spend together is healthy and not hindering. Take a breath! We’ve compiled four great tips to help optimise your home storage and make sure it’s a comfortable, relaxing place for both you and your guests this Christmas.
1. Air Out Your Rooms
With rising numbers of guests in our beautiful houses, the air can easily become clogged. This isn’t good for us to breathe and can make our homes stuffy and not the best places to relax in. For this reason, it’s important we air out all the rooms in our houses over the Christmas period. This can simply mean opening a few doors and windows for fifteen minutes, an easy task that so many forget to do.
We are lucky in New Zealand that at this time of year it’s hot and sunny, so it’s no big deal to open everything up. The kitchen and bathrooms in your home should be regularly ventilated for obvious (smelly) reasons, but so should all the bedrooms and generally anywhere people will be spending a lot of time. A good way to go about this is to open every room up before guests are expected to arrive, this way they’ll enter a completely ventilated house, and it’s nice to be welcomed by open doors and some fresh air when you’ve travelled a long way.
2. Organise Your Clutter
This one’s a biggie. We all have clutter, it’s an inevitable part of home life. Clutter can make a home seem a lot smaller than it actually is, which can become bothersome, especially when there are extra people around. Clutter accumulates from things we own: things we leave on the table, papers we’ve been meaning to sign… the list goes on.
The trick with clutter is that everything originally had a home. It’s such an easy yet often overlooked task to round up all the clutter in your home and put things back where they belong. A good trick for this is to make some organised piles, they will help you figure out what goes where. If something is in a pile on its own, you can spend some time finding it a home. The main idea is to not leave things out! Your home should always have enough storage solutions for your clutter, and if it doesn’t, that’s probably something you should consider optimising. Do this task in preparation for your guests to arrive, that way they can have nice clean surfaces to put all their own clutter on – only temporarily though.
3. Make Sure Your Guest Rooms are a Comfortable Temperature
The guest rooms will be the first place your guests will go to feel comfortable during their stay at your house. Make sure they are as comfortable as possible by heating or cooling their rooms before they arrive. No one is going to feel at home in a cold, dark room or in a hot, stuffy one – it makes all the difference to the overall mood of the holiday season if your guests are in a place where they are going to feel welcomed and relaxed.
Let as much natural light shine in by remembering to open the curtains first thing in the morning and keep in the warmth by shutting them before it gets dark at night. This is such a simple thing to do and it can make all the difference to the way guests feel in your home.
4. Optimise Floor Space
This is similar to organising your clutter, but most people don’t even consider that clutter can come in the form of big items like excess furniture as well. When you have extra people in the house, you may feel the need to have extra couches in the living room, or more chairs at the dining table. These have a functional purpose of course, but if they are taking up floor space, they could be restricting the flow of movement through your home.
Your guests want to feel like they aren’t an intrusion, and if they are constantly bumping into furniture or squeezing past people it can easily make them feel like they are disrupting your natural flow. So, make sure you have good home storage for when that excess furniture isn’t needed. You can always bring out the dining chairs closer to meal times and swap out excess couches for some bean bags for the kids.