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If you live in a small space, you’re probably used to having to come up with space saving hacks and embrace minimalism when it comes to possessions. Plenty of people like to live this way or do it through other factors like money. But when it comes to the festive season, the pressure ramps up. If you want to host out of town friends or relatives or hold a Christmas celebration at home, suddenly your lack of space becomes a real limitation, no matter how much you were embracing it before. More bodies, more clutter – it can seem impossible with limited square footage. There are ways to overcome this if you think creatively and put in some prep work ahead of the big day.
Get Creative With Dining
One of the main challenges if you want to host a lot of friends and family is all the seating needed at mealtimes. Although a few fold up chairs are good, storing lots of them is something you won’t have room for, so try thinking outside the box when it comes to seating. Items like storage ottomans are great as they’re so multi-functional – not only do they hide a multitude of sins when it comes to festive clutter, but they function as a bench for extra seating in a pinch. Similarly, footrests can do double duty as a stool, or blanket boxes can be taken from the bedroom. Or who says you have to have a dining table? Cosy floor pillows and some large wooden trays can work really well and create a really lovely intimate atmosphere.
A Bed For The Night
Living in a smaller space usually means that you don’t have the luxury of a spare room sitting empty waiting for guests, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have people stay over. The best solution is a comfortable fold out sofa bed. With a vi spring mattress and some snuggly blankets, guests will be comfortable and well accommodated. If that isn’t possible, modern air mattresses are great for a night or two.
Spread It Out
Instead of trying to concentrate people and food in one small area, why not ease the pressure by spreading things out? If you create lots of smaller seating areas rather than trying to get everyone in one place, proceedings will feel far more relaxed and people will be less stuffed in. Do the same with food – circulate lots of small dishes rather than trying to dish up all at once, and scatter them around the room so people don’t all congregate in one small area. Think about staggering things too by hosting your event as an ‘open house’ where people can just drop by rather than having everyone come at once – not only is it less overwhelming, but your guests may well appreciate being able to fit it around other commitments. Finding small ways to take the pressure off yourself like choosing foods that can be mainly prepared in advance – either cold plates or things which can happily bubble in the oven unattended, like a spicy Moroccan tagine – frees you up to spend more time socialising and enjoying yourself!