How to Prepare Your House for Holiday Guests

How to Prepare Your House for Holiday Guests

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We all love weekends and holidays because they are a time to relax and freshen up from the grind and rut of everyday life. But holidays are also the time to get together and enjoy the pleasures of life with family and friends.

However, guests mean extra work and playing host which might not be the most wonderful thing for some of you to distress. But it’s said that happiness increases when shared. So be excited about meeting your loved ones instead of worrying about all the pre & post-arrival chores, because we will help you navigate these waters with some easy tips and tricks.

De-clutter


The first thing to do to give your house a clean and organized look is de-cluttering. Collect all and any unnecessary items from the living room, foyer, bedrooms (especially guest ones), dining room, and outdoor sitting areas and put them in out of sight spaces, like drawers and cupboards. Take care to not put too much stuff in guest bedroom drawers so they can free for their own use.

If you are short on time or space, you can just bag all the junk or unnecessary stuff and put it in the garage till after the guests leave. Temporary but effective solution!

Hire a Cleaning Service


Many of us usually get really busy with work and regular household chores before the holidays to spare time for a deep-cleaning. In such a case, hiring a professional cleaning service is a great option. These services have become pretty popular for both residential as well as commercial cleaning.

Make Sleeping Arrangements


Your regular room arrangements can house only so many guests. Sooner or later, you will need extra sleeping spaces and beds to accommodate everyone. So it’s best to get some extra mattresses and bedding items ready to go at the house in addition to regular bedroom setups.

You can easily find folding mattresses and compressed pillows in the market. These will not only save space but will last you for a long while too.

Renew Bathroom Supplies


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Everyone prefers to use personal toiletries and self-care items but that does not mean that you slack off in restocking your bathrooms with the basic supplies.

Put rolls of toilet paper, a set of towels, regular soap bars and other toiletries on open shelves or in baskets along with a garbage can inside the bathroom so they are easy to find.

And as a safety measure, place a plunger beside the toilet to avoid an awkward encounter too.

Add Lights


Lights infuse a beautiful warmth and welcoming ambience to the whole space. So get some gold and rainbow fairy lights and hand them around the house to make it more open and cheerful.
Selecting Kitchen Ceiling Lights: Four Types of Kitchen Lighting

Selecting Kitchen Ceiling Lights: Four Types of Kitchen Lighting

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Everyone dreams of installing beautiful pendant lights in the kitchen. Not only do this type of lighting fixture add some pizazz to one of the busiest parts of the home, but they are also functional. How do you select the perfect pendant for your kitchen? It all boils down to what you need from the fixture itself.

Whether you want to add a beautiful design with minimal light functionality, or focus on shedding some light on the surface where you prepare food, you’ll be able to select the perfect fitting after reading this simple kitchen pendant lighting guide.

Task Lights


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As the name states, a task light is functional and provides more light on a work surface. If you want to get a pendant fixture that illuminates your work surface, you should look at designs that aims light downwards. The fixture should also have an open or translucent bottom for maximum light.

Accent Lights


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This type of fixture sets out to accentuate a specific piece of furniture or art. While kitchen pendants are not usually designed to accentuate a piece of art, you can still use them to complement your granite top or wooden working surface. Pinpoint lights are great for this specific purpose.

Ambiance Lights


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In this case, no specific spot is focused on illuminating. Ambiance lights are there to create a welcoming atmosphere. If you want to use a pendant fixture for ambiance purposes, consider using multiple lights spread across the area for even lighting.

Decorative Lights


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Decorative lights are used for just that, to decorate your kitchen. This means you already have bright task lights, and you want your pendant lighting to be the key design feature of the kitchen. Consider getting a pendant fixture that casts interesting shadows.

Finding the Perfect Kitchen Light


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You will soon find that getting a pendant fixture that suits your needs is not too difficult. You can play around with contrasts or double-up on specific design elements to accent specific features in your kitchen. The key is to identify the function of the pendant you are looking for before buying something that looks the part but does not add value.

Adding a pendant fixture in your kitchen can be the difference between an ordinary kitchen, or a magnificently designed one. Follow these hints and tips before making your final decision on the type of pendant lighting you want to have installed in your kitchen.
5 Tips on How to Use Lighting Expertly in Your Home

5 Tips on How to Use Lighting Expertly in Your Home

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Lighting in and around the home is an often-overlooked aspect. It not only serves as décor, but also to set a mood, create an atmosphere, or allow you to get things done. Using the wrong type of lighting can cause all sorts of problems, and we’re not talking about decorative issues.

In this post we take a look at some pointers that will help you when you have to decide on lighting for your home. Let’s get started.

1. Light Up Your Kitchen


Kitchens call for extra attention when it comes to lighting. You want to be sure that your workspace has enough light so that you can see what you are doing. Make sure that you use different types of fixtures at specific spots in your kitchen.

2. Soak Up the Sun


While a well-lit space in your home is important, making the most of sunlight is even better. Make sure your dining area is close to the window and that it gets loads of natural sunlight in the morning. This will ensure you’ve got loads of energy for the day ahead.

3. Fitting Lighting for Each Space


Each room and space within your house will call for its type of lighting and lighting fixtures. Keep in mind that you should layer different types of lighting fixtures for a rounded off look. Each fixture should have a designated purpose, be it decorative or functional.

4. Use the Right Wattage


The wattage of bulb you choose to use in a specific space is important to take into consideration. Certain spaces call for a lower wattage, while workspaces will demand brighter light. Be sure you get the right wattage for each area in your home.

5. Remember Your Accents


Finally, it is important to have a complete and balanced look. Your accent lighting should not focus on providing light, but set the ambiance of a room and pull your decorative elements together. Keep things like texture and design in mind when choosing accent lighting.

There is so much that can be done with a little more thought when planning your home’s lighting. Remember to select the right lighting fixtures for the purpose they will fulfil and you should do just fine!

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