How To Make Your Guest Feel At Home
While you may feel comfortable in your own home, it’s not always the case for your guests. It’s always unnerving stepping into someone else’s house and making it feel like yours. There are many steps you can take to ease your guests during their stay with you, so let’s get started.
You don’t want to spend 30 minutes frantically running around to prepare for your house guests right before their arrival. Start getting ready a few days in advance. Here’s a quick checklist to run down:
- Make sure there are clean sheets on the bed (add an extra blanket or two just in case)
- Purchase extra food
- Put a water bottle by their bed
- Make sure all of the light bulbs work in the guest room
- Be sure you have enough towels and washcloths in the bathroom
Eating out for every meal is ideal when having a house guest, but it isn’t always feasible. Ask your guests what their favorite breakfast food is to get some snack ideas before their arrival. It’s also a good idea to pick up some quick lunch options and even plan a nice dinner at home one night. If you know their favorite meal, make it for them! You can even sneak out of the house one morning and go pick up pastries and coffee before your guest wakes up.
Go to the travel section of Target or your local pharmacy and pick up some extra toiletries such as toothpaste, lotion, shampoo + conditioner, and a toothbrush. You can display these nicely in your guest bathroom in a wicker basket or decorative bowl. Your guests will appreciate you going the extra mile and knowing you prepared for them! If you want to go all out, pick up their favorite magazine or candy at the store, too.
You know your home like the back of your hand, but your guests don’t. Simple things like knowing what every light switch does or where the extra toilet paper is might be second nature to you. But remember, this isn’t the case for your guests. After your guest(s) settles into their room, give them a quick run-down of where they can find everything in your home, such as light switches, toilet paper, drinking glasses, coffee mugs, extra towels, etc.
Spare Key & Space
If they are staying longer than three days, you may want to consider giving them a spare key, letting them know they are more than welcome to explore on their own. Everyone needs their alone time, and this is the perfect way for both you and your guests to get that. As a bonus, you can create a list of cool restaurants, parks, or events nearby they can enjoy on their own time. They’ll appreciate the offer!
Now that you know how to prepare for your visitors, go get ready and have fun!