Company’s coming!

Welcome back to the blog! If you’re having company over this holiday season, you’ve got a lot to do. There’s presents to wrap, cookies to bake, a tree to decorate, maybe a couple pets to keep a very close eye on – and that doesn’t even include the entertaining aspect of it all. You could use a few helping hands, and since the family will be preoccupied with presents and arm-wrestling, here are some household innovations that will help you handle all that company.

Plate and Utensil Storage

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It’s always good to have extra plates and utensils, and it’s even better when people know where they are. Keep your dishware visible, neat, and safe from grabby little hands. It also makes them easier to put away for anyone that’s unfamiliar with your kitchen.

Wine bar

006_finalGather around the adult versions of the kids’ table. A wine bar is not only a great addition to the design of any kitchen, but it also serves as a refuge for weary adults. Catch up with your extended family and take advantage of the wine fridge, glass storage, prep sink, and anything else you need to make your spirits right (heh heh).

Bench seating

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While it’s nice to get everyone together, it’s often hard to find places to put them. Bench seating provides extra seating and extra storage for you, whether you’re trying to squeeze in books, papers, home decor, or second cousins. The bench seat gives people a chance to look outside at the falling snow (well, rain usually) and helps stop your guests from feeling left out.

Open shelving

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I don’t know about you, but a major cause of stress for me at holiday gatherings is using other people’s bathrooms. While I’m hoping this feeling is as rare as it is odd, I’m sure that you’ve been in a position where you’re just not sure what you can touch, what you can’t, and where those darn extra towels are. Get rid of this problem with open shelving! Not only will your guests be able to see where everything is, but you’ll also be able to keep track of what you’re low on.

Storage for outdoor wear

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Finally it’s time to usher everyone back out into the cold. Make sure there’s no confusion among your guests as they put on their outerwear; keep jackets from getting tangled together by installing hooks and dividers, and give boots a chance to dry with designated cubby spaces. Congratulations! You made it through another year-end celebration and you can take time to relax – until New Years Eve, of course.

 

See you next week!

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