8 Things Your Holiday Houseguests Won't Tell You

Along with good tidings, cheer, and presents, the holiday horde is guaranteed to bring stress, too. Here's how to fix any entertaining faux pas so that family and friends feel welcome. (Even if you wish their stay were a couple days shorter!)

I can't find a place to charge my phone.

Guests shouldn't have to scramble down on all fours in order to find an outlet. Add a conveniently placed power strip or a docking station.

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I tracked snow and mud in the door.

As soon as guests arrive, let them know the house rules in a fun and friendly way. If you have a no-shoes policy, politely ask visitors to remove them. Same thing goes for your rules on smoking, shower schedules, meals, and other routines. Being up front will help you avoid problems later.

Your neighbor's crazy light display kept me up all night.

Blackout shades are a great option for guest rooms. Plus, they're perfect for taking an afternoon nap if the kids were awake at 5 a.m. to open up presents.

I didn't get a chance to spend time with you because you were always doing housework.

Sharing your home certainly creates more household chores, but do remember to enjoy your guests' visit. Relax and have fun! Put off the laundry, turn off the computer, and go ahead and ask them to chat while helping out with the dishes.

I worry about waking you up.

Guests won't fret about walking around on creaking floors or disturbing you every time they get up if you throw down a plush rug. It helps to create a cozy and inviting space, too.

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I don't want to miss my early flight or train back home.

Let's face it: The last thing anyone wants is for your guests to stay another night. Make sure there's a small alarm clock on their nightstand.

I had one too many glasses of holiday punch last night.

For guests who go overboard on the eggnog, place a coaster and water glass on their beside table. Tucking a sample-size pack of a headache medicine in a basket with other travel essentials is a nice touch, too.

I woke up shivering!

Here's the secret to a perfectly prepared bed: Start with great cotton sheets, add a cotton coverlet, and then finish with a down duvet on top. That combination offers enough flexibility to deal with the most extreme temperature swings. Think a down comforter is pricey? Check Ikea for affordable ones. Also, when it's cold, hot coffee and tea in the morning will warm up any cranky guest.

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How do you prepare your home for holiday guests?

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