It’s November! And for many people across the country that means guests! Between friends, family and all the individual needs that come with them, getting your home ready for overnight guests can actually be a bit tricky, and unless you want to spend the upcoming holidays scrounging over every little detail you forgot (and swore you’d remember), take a few tips from the list below and you just might actually enjoy the holiday season this year.
1.) Clean. That doesn’t just mean dusting off the coffee table, it means putting fresh sheets on the guest bed and de-cluttering the closet in the guest bedroom (a no-brainer, I know, but it simply has to be mentioned). Even if you don’t think you have the time, make the time, and if you can’t make the time ask someone else to help you out. Maybe your sister lives nearby and can come over and clean the house while you’re at work. If you’re going to host everyone the least she can do is help you get ready and maybe pick them up from the airport.
2.) Think of what you always need at someone else’s house. Little things will go a long way to making your guests feel comfortable, and getting them what they need before they ever have to ask for it is one of the most coveted traits of an excellent host. So what are the items you hate ask for? Extra toilet paper is a big one, as well as a glass of water in the middle of the night. Set aside some bottled water in the bedroom, or place cups inside the guest bathroom. A little basket of travel sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, lotion, a toothbrush) will help your guests feel more at ease in case they forgot anything of their own.
3.) Put away the toys for the weekend. If you have kids or pets you understand how easy it is for their toys to often take over living areas of the house. As much as your child or dog like a particular toy, however, they can go a week without it. Your dog will be fine with one chewtoy; put the rest away so guests aren’t tripping or getting grossed out by looking at them (admit it, a half-chewed muddy teddy bear isn’t all that appetizing). Likewise, your child can find something else to play with (Grandpa, for instance) instead of his favorite block set.
4.) Decorate! It doesn’t sound like much, but a few small decorations here and there will really help your guests feel like they aren’t intruding. And you don’t have to worry about going overboard; just place a holiday-themed item in the middle of the dining room table and a wreath on the door and you’re good to go!