Sleep overs are like a necessary evil for parents that come with having kids. They will happen so you’d better start prepping your home now rather than scrambling at the last minute.
Get some twin twin bunk beds to put in your kids rooms rather than standard beds. even if you only have one kid or if they their own individual rooms, this is a great option for increasing the sleeping space without taking up too much extra space. Using bunk beds for kids rooms will help them have a little privacy as well. You should keep checking in on them but this will clear up your living room and you won’t have to sacrifice your entire home for the entire night.
If you already have beds for your kids and don’t plan to replace them anytime soon then you should prepare your living room for invasion. Large futons are an awesome option here. Depending on the age of the kids you can pack a surprising number of them onto a large futon and, like using bunk beds for kids rooms, they offer a great sleeping space without taking up any more floor space than you would with a normal couch.
Lastly, now that you have sleeping arrangements out of the way, it’s time to kid proof your house. Your kids are probably perfectly behaved little angles but I promise that once a bunch of them get together they are like a whirlwind of destruction. Something will get broken so make sure that everything breakable and sentimental is put away in a safe place, well out of the reach of candy covered fingers before you open your doors to them. Spending time around kids gave me a great sense of respect for elementary school teachers.