How to Take The Stress Out of Hosting Overnight Guests at Christmas

This post contains a gifted item from The Fine Bedding Co.

Moving to the country has meant one thing – an almost constant stream of overnight guests. Dont get me wrong, I absolutely love it. But Christmas is hectic enough without stressing about quick changeovers, clean bedclothes, and constant cleaning. Even though we want everything to be perfect, our guests probably won’t notice the odd speck of dust or crease on the sheets. Christmas is about getting together with family NOT striving to rival a five star hotel!

How to Take The Stress Out of Hosting Overnight Guests at Christmas

 

Spring Clean Early

Give the guest bedroom a thorough going over well ahead of time. This is not a guide to cleaning (we all know how to do that), but it will help keep stress levels down if you only have to do a quick vacuum and dust just before your guests arrive. Tidy the room up a bit while you’re at it and make some room in one of the drawers and a corner of the wardrobe.

Wash and Iron Early

Make sure you have enough bedding to last you through the festive period well ahead of time too. If not, order some new. There’s no way you are going to be able to wash, dry, air and iron in the midst of all the other entertaining you will be doing. Or want to. Make sure it’s all clean and ironed (I know we are not competing with a 5 star hotel but ironed sheets are so comfortable), and stored in a dry place with maybe some lovely smelling lavender bags. I usually make the beds up just before guests arrive, and it’s so nice to have it stacked and ready to use. As well as some lovely fluffy, sweet smelling towels of course.

A game changer for me this year has been the Night Owl Coverless Duvet from The Fine Bedding Company. This duvet is entirely coverless, combining a lightweight fibre filling and a super soft-touch cover. Which means no more grappling with duvet covers! It couldn’t be simpler to refresh the bed. You simply pop the whole thing in your washing machine (+7KG) and it then dries in as little as 90 minutes. It’s been road tested by several guests already who have all said it’s very warm and comfortable. When they leave, I wash it, hang it over the banisters and pop it back on the bed after a couple of hours.

How to Take The Stress Out of Hosting Overnight Guests at Christmas

And that’s not all. This duvet is so lightweight it doubles as an extra blanket outside the bedroom. Whether that’s snuggling on the sofa, keeping cosy and warm outside or on a camping adventure. Confession. It’s been road tested on the sofa too. This year’s Strictly, glass of wine, and chocolates. Heaven.

Stock Up on Often Forgotten Essentials

No one wants to run out of loo paper do they? Make sure you’ve stocked up. Along with some extra toothbrushes (in case anyone forgets theirs), liquid soap, hand sanitiser, and other bathroom essentials. Make sure there’s a lamp by the bed for reading, a water bottle, and extra pillows nearby. Some reading material is often appreciated too.

Last Minute Preparations

Now all you have to do on the day is make up the bed, turn up the radiator, and pop the champagne.

 

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