Tis the season for out-of-town visitors and over-night guests. If your guests are people that you genuinely want to host, then it’s important to provide them with more than just a roof over their head and a mattress. Hosting guests is so much more enjoyable for everyone when you’re prepared. Here are some room-by-room tips to make your home feel like home to your guests.
Tidy up and declutter: This seems like a no brainer, but it benefits you and your guests. You will feel more comfortable if your phone bills are put away and decluttering your shelves will give your guests room for their stuff and encourage them to stay tidy.
Show them around: It always feels a little silly, especially if you have a small space. Your guests will appreciate knowing where the guest washroom is and where to put their coats.
Give them access: Make up a card with any passwords they may need to settle in, like wifi or alarm systems. Instructions for the TV and remote are handy too.
Stock up: Fill the fridge with fresh food, and get rid of any questionable leftovers. Do any meal prep you can before your guests arrive, especially for the first night.
Easy snacking: A bowl on the counter with easy to grab snacks means your guests will feel comfortable to help themselves. If you will be leaving for work before they wake up, set out some breakfast supplies on the counter with a little note to ‘eat up’.
Embrace extra hands: Being an accommodating host is great, but it can be tiring. Invite your guests to help with dinner, and take them on their offer to wash dishes. Plus, some of the best conversation happens while your hands are busy.
Tidy up: An obvious theme to hosting is that you want your home to be tidy. Showers can become a museum of almost shampoo empty bottles. Overnight guests are the perfect reason to finally put those bottles in the recycling bin.
Supply the necessities: Big fluffy towels either in the bathroom or in their room are always appreciated. Set out a fresh toothbrush, toothpaste, and a water glass for your guest. Make sure there is enough toilet paper and that it is easy to find.
Be prepared: Watching you struggle with a fitted sheet will make your guests feel like they are intruding. Make up the guest room bed or put fresh sheets on the pull-out couch before they arrive.
Clear out your stuff: If you’ve been pretending your spare room is your walk-in closet, it’s time to move your things while your guests are in town. At the very least empty out a few drawers and closet space so your guests can unpack and settle in.
Decorate: Your guest room shouldn’t feel like an empty dorm room. It’s easy to add those throw pillows that you just move on and off your own bed. A few pictures hanging on the wall, a reading lamp and bedside table can really help your guests settle in. If you don’t have a spare room consider upgrading your air mattress and supplying a privacy screen they can set up at night.
Add some personality: Most likely if someone is staying over at your house, you have some memories with them. Print out a few photos of the two of you together and put them in frames. Write them a list of things you think they would like to do or what you have planned for their visit.
In general, the best way to make your guests feel at home is to show you are prepared for their visit and then do just a little extra to remind them they are on holiday.