Hosting friends or family for the Holidays can cause a little anxiety during an already potentially stressful time. You want your home to be welcoming and you want your guests to feel comfortable...but you also want time to relax yourself!

These 7 tips will help you focus on what's necessary to get your home ready:

#1 Declutter

The day before guests arrive is not the time to try to organize junk drawers and clean out linen closets.

Declutter your guest rooms and main areas of your home — foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove unnecessary items from countertops, coffee tables, and ottomans; if it's out of sight, keep it out of mind, for now.

If you run short of time, bag up the clutter and store it in car trunks, basements, and out-of-the-way closets. Don't get caught up in sorting through everything now...sort and arrange after your guests leave.

#2 Add Night Lights

Even though you can navigate your home blindfolded, your guests can't. Make sure outside lights are working so they don't trip on the way to your door. Put motion-activated night lights in hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms to ensure safe passage after the sun sets.

#3 Make Space in the Entryway

Your home's foyer is the first place guests see, so make a good first impression.

Place a small rug or welcome mat at the entrance to protect floors from mud and snow. 

Clear out shoes, umbrellas, and other clutter.

Free up room in your coat closet, or add extra hooks to walls or a coat tree so guests can hang coats and hats.

Add a bench where guests can remove boots and shoes.

#4 Add a Coffee Station and Extra Stools

Your kitchen is command central during the holidays, so make sure it's clean and ready for guests and extra helpers.

If possible, move your coffee station into the dining room or a family room so guests don't crowd the kitchen when you're trying to fix meals.

If you like to visit while you're cooking, place extra stools and chairs around the perimeter of your kitchen so guests can set a spell.

#5 Create Extra Sleeping Space

If you've got a guest room, make sure guests have a fan...either a ceiling fan or a standalone so they can customize their room temperature without fiddling with the thermostat for the entire house. 

To carve sleeping space out of public areas, buy a folding screen or rolling bookcase, which will provide privacy for sleepers. Fold or roll it away in the morning.

#6 Make Extra Bathroom Supplies Easy to Find

Bring toilet paper, towels, and toiletries out of hiding, and place them on open shelves so guests can find them easily.

If you don't have enough wall space for shelves, place these items in open baskets around the bathroom.

Also, outfit each toilet with a plunger (to avoid embarrassment).

#7 Have Extra Wrapping Supplies on Hand

There's always a last minute gift that pops up and guests usually don't travel with wrapping paper. Have a few supplies on hand so your guests can easily access and use it if needed!

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