IF you’re dreading having people round to yours during Christmas due to the lack of space, it’s best to get prepared. Check out these tips and learn how to create extra space at Christmas.
Declutter your furniture:
Get rid of any furniture you don’t need whilst your guests are staying. This could mean temporarily moving extra pieces like large ornaments, lamps and side tables to another room to make more space for seating or mingling.
Sell stuff, raise cash:
Make the most of your clear out by selling unwanted items. If your home is overrun by toys, you can get the kids involved by sorting through and selling or passing on their wanted toys. They could even keep the cents from the sale to get new presents!
Decorate your walls and ceilings:
If your floor space is lacking and a Christmas tree likely to take up lots of room, hang decorations including simple Christmas tree lights from the walls and ceiling to create the desired party ambience.
Blow up beds:
For guests who are staying over, camp beds or air mattresses are great for a short stay without taking up much room when not in use. If your guests must sleep in the living room, invest in a folding screen for privacy especially if you need to walk by in the morning.
Space for a suitcase:
If guests are staying for a night or two, it might be worth investing in a folding suitcase rack, so they can leave it open without leaving clutter or a trip hazard on the floor.
Feeding the masses:
Use Tupperware boxes or add racks and undershelf baskets to your fridge and kitchen cupboards to create functional space so you can stack rather than pile up the food.
Create a buffet station:
Rather than serving a meal sitting down at the dinner table, create a buffet style area for food where people can serve themselves and then find a space to sit down – they could even use the stairs!
Use a Lazy Susan:
Free up space on a table by using a turntable to hold a few sauces and condiments where they’ll still be easy to grab by everyone.
Enlarge your table:
Make your dining table bigger by layering it with a large sheet of plywood (place a pad or cloth underneath for protection and don’t forget to tell guests to press down with care!).
Instead of playing musical chairs due to lack of seating, invest in some affordable folding chairs. You could even decorate these or add some upholstered pads to fit your Christmas theme.