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4 easy ways to prepare for Holiday House Guests

Having overnight (or even multi-night) house guests is a common aspect of the holiday season. People travel from all across the country to join family and friends in celebration, and it’s up to you to keep them comfortable while they’re in town. Do you have house guests coming soon? Are you ready? More importantly, is your house ready?

Don’t worry, we’ve got your covered. Here are a few super simple ways to make extended hosting effortless and enjoyable … for the most part.

  1. Install A Smart Lock

Make it easy for your guests to come and go as they please, by installing a smart lock on your front door. At, we like the Premis smart lock by Weiser. Premis allows you to assign up to 30 customizable user codes and gives you the ability to track when each code is used. So, if you need to be in the office one day while guests are in town, they can still explore the city without having to worry about lost keys or waiting on your schedule.

  1. Go Hands Free in the Kitchen and Bathroom

The more people you have in your home, the greater the risk of cold and flu bugs joining the party. So, to keep germs at a minimum, try going completely hands free in the kitchen and bathroom.

Pfister’s Raya 1-Handle electronic pull-down kitchen faucet with React™ technology makes it easy to go hands-free in the kitchen, without compromising your sense of style. The sleek, minimalist design looks great in any style of kitchen, while the React™ technology allows you to activate the faucet with only the wave of your hand.

In the bathroom, Kohler let’s you double up on your touchless technology, with their Touchless Toilet Flush kit and new Touchless Foaming Soap dispenser.

  1. Easy DIY Meals

Planning meals can often be the most daunting part of entertaining out-of-town guests. The key to keeping it simple is planning ahead. Start by stocking a rolling kitchen cart with easy, grab and go snacks, like fruit, granola bars, juice boxes, and individually packaged crackers. This makes it easy for guests to snack on their own.

Planning make-ahead meals in a slow cooker can also help keep things simple. We like Breville’s Slow Cooker with Easy Sear®, since it lets you sear meats directly in the slow cooker vessel. Use it to create hearty soups, main dishes, or even oatmeal!

  1. Plan an Outing

The easiest way to deal with out-of-town guests is to give them something to do …outside of the house. Check out Travelzoo for great deals on restaurants, shows, and other activities that are sure to keep your guests entertained and (dare we say) out of your hair.

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