An orderly home at Christmas sounds like a dream but with a little planning and forethought and some cast iron storage solutions from Yester Home some of those wonderful storage ideas can be implemented cheaply and effectively, and peace and goodwill to all men will prevail.
Make sure you have an area for guests to hang up their coats and hats. Be it a hook or two in your hallway or making sure there is a hook board in a kitchen or cloakroom.
If you have a room as a designated cloakroom make sure all of your guests know where it is by displaying a sign on the door or above, that way at party time people won't be dropping their coats and boots by the door.
Add some sort of shelving to your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or living room. Keeping that book collection you never get round to reading neat and tidy may mean putting your feet up this year and getting into a good book, instead of watching all those old repeats on the TV. Having your spice jars handy in the kitchen is a must at this time of year too. So look for old pieces of wood with some character now and add some wonderful cast shelf brackets in a colour and style to suit the room you are sprucing.
Signs on your main rooms can add interest to your home as well as making sure that your Christmas visitors don't get lost looking for your, loo, bathroom or boot room if you like to go for a long Christmas walk.
Finally if you don't have a designated wine rack to keep all of your wine and glasses together then this is a must at Christmas. A rustic style wine rack will suit a country home perfectly, where a more ostentatious display wouldn't do. You can have a select few wines next to your glasses in the kitchen or dining area easily at hand without leaving your guests to fumble about in the under stairs cupboard looking for your best bottle of red, having everything to hand you can still being part of the celebrations.