Have you decided what you're doing this Christmas?
If you're hosting the whole family but feel slightly anxious about ensuring everyone is comfortable and relaxed, don't worry. The festive season will inevitably require more planning and preparation than any other holiday, but to help you remove the stress from your Christmas planning, we've spoken to Jigna Varu of Micro-Fresh, who has just the tips to help you create a cosy and clean atmosphere that will leave overnight guests feeling at home.
1. First impressions count
It's the first part of the house we'll walk into, but the hallway is normally overlooked, instead becoming a forgotten dumping ground. One of the main culprits will be shoes - can you think of a worse greeting for guests than a pile of sweaty trainers? Get around this by investing in some functional storage, where you can tuck your footwear away - or, as an even better option, when you're looking for new shoes, go for some that have an added freshness agent that will proactively tackle the smells all year.
Our four-legged friends are a very welcome addition to our homes, but that distinctive dog aroma isn't always appreciated by visitors. Therefore, be sure to clean your bedding and give them a bath before they arrive. You can also make your life easier by purchasing a pet bed, which has an added freshness agent - this makes it simple and easy to clean, even when it's at a lower temperature, while it also automatically banishes odours. Another good move could be to invest in a brand new bed - it can deter them from treating your guest room as a personal space of their own.
3. Life of luxury
One of the most luxurious parts of staying in a hotel will be fresh, fluffy towels, so why not give your guests the same luxury? Opting for a bold and festive colour will make a statement and can also act as a nice reflection of your personality. Something as simple as a clean and soft bath mat can make the perfect finishing touch.
4. Create a cosy haven
Having a fresh, clean and comfortable bed will be among the ultimate ways to achieve comfort and cosiness. If nothing else, you can prepare your home by making sure you spend time making the ultimate guest bedroom, where guests will be able to sleep soundly. Duvets and pillows can be a deal-breaker in luxury here too.
5. Add a festive scent
Christmas will instantly conjure up thoughts of your favourite memories of your home with a pine scent, or mince pies baking in the oven. A fantastic way to compliment the freshness of the new fabrics and textiles will be with the scent - anything from essential oils to incense can have a great impact, from the second guests step through your door.
6. The finishing touch
As a final touch, treat your visitors to a small gift to spread the festive spirit. A nice pair of cosy slippers could be just the ticket - they will prevent anyone from treading on cold floors which will never be pleasant. Simply pop a pair at the end of your guest's bed to act as an added treat!