Preparing Your Home for a Family Visit

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As more and more people choose to vaccinate and the government lifts restrictions, families are starting to plan visits for the summer. While many of us are excited by this, we are also beginning to panic since we haven’t had guests in over a year, and our houses clearly aren’t ready for it. Luckily, we’ve figured out some tactics to help you with preparing your home for a family visit.

Ready a Bedroom for Guests

Regardless of how far your family is traveling to visit, we think it’s safe to assume that they will be staying for at least a couple of days. They have to make up for lost time somehow, but unfortunately for you, that means that you are going to have to free up a room for them. If you already have a guest room, your job is easy, but for everyone who doesn’t, it’s time to reorganize.

Putting all of your kids in the same room is a viable option, although they won’t like it. Setting up a place for them in the den is a possibility too. If worse comes to worst, though, you can simply surrender your master bedroom to them. They will say that they don’t want to impose, but they’re your guests, so sacrifices must be made.

Clean Up the House

It’s okay to admit that your house is a disaster—everyone else has at this point. The global pandemic was hard on all of us, but now it’s time to restore your home to its former glory. While your family will by no means expect perfection, we’re sure they will appreciate the effort put into making your home look more presentable than it has since last summer.

Don’t Be Afraid To Redecorate

After you’ve cleaned the house, if you really want to go the extra mile, you should try to redecorate a bit. Maybe it’s time to finally replace that old couch that no one likes to sit on anymore. If big changes like that aren’t in the budget, there are plenty of ways to redecorate without hurting the old wallet. Plus, your family will be impressed no matter what you decide to do, so don’t go overboard.

Plan Some Activities for Everyone

Thanks to the internet and smartphones, there’s a good chance that you and your family have stayed well connected during this time apart. While that’s probably made things a lot easier on all of you, it most likely means that you’ve run out of things to talk about as well.

That’s why our last tip for preparing your home for a family visit is to plan some activities that have you all doing things together rather than talking about your new hobbies or hot-button political issues. Set up a family game night if that’s something that you all would be into. Watching a movie marathon or spending the day at the park are two other activities that the family can enjoy together. If the kids want to do something together, make some plans for just the adults while the kids are occupied. All we encourage is that you do something together instead of staring at one another on the couch.

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