With many people getting vaccinated and government restrictions getting lifted, many families have started making plans for long-awaited family reunions. If you are hosting this year, we’re sure your home isn’t ready for all of these people who will be coming over. No need to fear, though. We’ve put together a list of all the things you should do to get your house ready for a family reunion.
Strategize Your Budget
Being the host of a big gathering is a more considerable strain on people’s wallets than they tend to realize. A lot of the time, after the weekend is over, the host family has to go into damage control to recoup their losses. If you plan your budget accordingly—and stick to it—you will have a much better time during the reunion and its aftermath.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask your family for help. They should be very understanding and willing to help out, especially when the alternative means you might cancel the event.
Figure Out Where They’re Going To Stay
You’re lucky if you have family who all live in close proximity to each other. After a long day of doing stuff together as a family, everyone goes back to their own homes to sleep. Other guests have to find enough room in the house to live in for a couple of days. This can get quite chaotic and might lead to some sleepless nights.
If you don’t have space in your home but have some room in the budget, it might be best to put your relatives up in a nice hotel. If you get enough rooms, you might even be able to get a discounted rate. If you can’t afford it on your own, this is an excellent way to ask anyone who’ll be staying at the hotel to help you foot some of the bill.
Clean Up Your House
Now comes the fun part of getting your house ready for a family reunion: cleaning! It certainly doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be at least adequate. That way, you don’t have to hear about it from your mother-in-law all weekend.
Sometimes cleaning just isn’t going to cut it, though. For example, you know your chair looks old and dingy and doesn’t match the rest of the room, but you still love it. Plus, it’s way more comfortable than it looks. However, there’s not a chance that your relatives won’t complain about it. If you’re too attached to toss such items, consider getting some slipcovers. They’ll make your covered chairs or sofa look nicer and will benefit you in many other ways.
Plan Everything Ahead of Time
One of the worst things that could happen is you forget to plan any activities. It’s easy to think that everyone will simply find something to do, but the people who think that are usually the ones who end up sitting and staring at each other once they’ve run out of things to talk about. Of course, you know your family better than we do, so we’ll leave the ideas of activities up to you. Just remember to keep your guests entertained!