If you are having people round to yours during the Christmas period and are concerned about available space, it’s best to get prepared in advance. Check out our tips and learn how to create extra valuable space.
Say goodbye to unwanted items
By having a clear out of items you no longer use, you can help free up much needed space, particularly before the presents arrive! If cash is useful take a look at E-bay and use completed items to see how much your item sells for, there are plenty of charities who would welcome a donation of clothing, books, CD's and ornaments.
Arrange your furniture
Remove 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. You could even use Move and Store collection and storage service to store items for a minimum 14 day period.
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, having an electric pump ensures that beds can be deflated an inflated each day to maximise space.
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 on the floor.
Feeding the masses
Use Tupperware boxes or add racks 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.
Hit the turntable
Free up space on a table by using a turntable to hold sauces and condiments where they'll still be easy to grab by everyone.
Lets face it, most of us have found ourselves having to stand at a Christmas gathering. Do you have any good camping or fold-able chairs in the garage/shed? Or perhaps a neighbour, family or friend loan you a chair or two! You could even decorate these to fit your Christmas theme.