Preparing Your Home For Guests
For many people, one of the most exciting times of the year is when they get to see extended family and friends from afar. After being apart for so long, it’s a great feeling to be able to spend some quality time with your loved ones.
Whether you’re expecting Aunt Suzie and Uncle Nino or your best friend who lives several states away, it’s important to make sure you’re setting up your home in a way that welcomes your guests. The thing is, that’s a lot easier said than done.
A lot of work can go into preparing your home for guests, but it will all be worth it when everyone feels right at home.
How to Prepare Your Home for Guests
Declutter Everywhere You Can
The last thing your guests will want to walk into is a messy, cluttered house. If you take a look around and see that there’s room for improvement, you should tidy up certain rooms well before company arrives.
If you’ve used your guest rooms in your home for storage, consider moving any boxes and bins into your garage. If your living room is filled with laundry that has yet to be folded or toys that the kids have scattered everywhere, take a few minutes to put everything back where it belongs. Is your kitchen counter cluttered with old magazines and newspapers? Recycle everything!
While you’re tidying up, consider taking things a step further and junking a few things you need. Take a look at some of the things you’re moving around. If it’s been a while since you’ve used some of those items — clothes, furniture, decorations, etc. — you may want to junk or donate them to free up space in your home.
Stock Up on the Necessities
Most of the time, you’re only concerned with having the items you need in the house; but when you’re hosting guests, it’s often best to stock up on a few things.
In Your Bathroom
First and foremost, you’ll want to stock up on the most important bathroom necessity: toilet paper. If you are running short and a guest runs out when using your bathroom, you’ll have to deal with the embarrassment of leaving them empty-handed as you toss a roll into the bathroom from behind the door.
Besides toilet paper, you may want to provide your guests with a few other amenities that provide better comfort and ease. These things may include:
Shampoo and conditioner
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Chances are one of your guests forgot something at home, so arranging these toiletries in a basket in your bathrooms will be a nice way to ensure your loved ones have all the hygiene products they need.
In the Kitchen
It’s a well-known fact that no two people have the same taste in food — and that’s before you even take dietary restrictions into consideration. In order to avoid leaving any of your guests hungry, find out in advance what they like to snack on and eat throughout the day.
Once you have an idea, take a trip to the grocery store and pick up some different options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time. Be sure you have non-dairy, gluten-free, and vegan options to accommodate any guests’ diets.
In the Bedroom
Any good host will keep their guest room made up, ready at any time to welcome guests. However, you shouldn’t put guests in a room in which the linens have been sitting untouched for months — do you realize how much dust has probably accumulated on them in that time?
Provide your guests with freshly-cleaned sheets and extra pillows and blankets so they can sleep as comfortable as possible. If you’re putting anyone on a convertible couch, it may also be wise to take the mattress outside and beat it a bit to remove any dust it has collected over time.
Write Down Important Information
Do you enter your home via your garage using an entry code? Do you have a security system that requires a passcode to disable? If your guests are going to come and go throughout their visit, write down any information they may need in order to safely enter and exit the house.
You would also do well to write down your wifi password for any visiting family or friends. Since everyone will likely want to conserve their data, they’ll ask you for the login information. Rather than have to run to your router, just write down the credentials for all to reference.
Lastly, if there is anything in the house that requires special instruction, write that down as well. This could include things like:
Be sure to close the blinds on the back sliding door.
The shower needs to be set to all the way hot before turning the temperature down.
There is no street parking on certain days.
Create Space in the Closet
No one likes living out of suitcases when they’re traveling, especially when they’ll be there for an extended period of time. Clear out a few drawers, some closet space, and a shelf in your medicine cabinet to allow your guests to unpack and feel more comfortable during your visit.
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