Clear your hallway of its usual clutter, adding extra hooks for your guests to hang their own coats. A small rug or welcome mat will ensure no one brings in mud or snow from outside, and you should prepare a small area where everyone can store any heavy boots they've arrived in.
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You can refresh and reinvigorate a room by simply adding pictures and ornaments, or by hanging new curtains or blinds. Lamps can also brighten up dark corners and add a welcoming feel to the room, while fresh towels and toiletries are a must for your guests at Christmas.
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Space for everyone
Foldable garden chairs are a great way of providing extra seating, while small, collapsible tables can give children their own special place to eat dinner. If people are staying over at Christmas, a sofa bed is ideal if the spare room's already in use, and simple sleeping bags can enhance a child's sense of adventure and excitement.
Prepare the Christmas guest room
New bedding, pillows and a brightly coloured rug will immediately smarten up your designated Christmas guest room, and the addition of a large storage box will give your somewhere to store their things and keep them safe.
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A dash of DIY
Modern paints are remarkably easy to apply and wallpapering is so much easier than it used to be. If you've got any jobs that you've been putting off, just grab some tools to help you get it done quickly and properly in time for Christmas.
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Safe, not sorry
Make sure your garden pathways and doorsteps are well lit to stop any trips or stumbles in the dark winter months - if you do it with Christmas lights it'll only add to the magic. Equally, consider our advice on securing your home to make sure you're not welcoming any opportunistic burglars.
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For more festive inspiration, take a look at our Christmas tree buying guide.
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