We almost always have houseguests. Since I was a child there was always some family member or friend spending a few days. Fun right? Not always. I get anxious just thinking of prepping for my guests arrival mostly because I want to ensure that their stay is perfect.
I can confidently say that now, I’ve got this hosting thing down to a T! Here are six little tips that’ll make having houseguests easy:
- A clean simple room – my guest room has a bed, armchair, desk and chair, closet (with free shelf space, towels, sheets and pillow cases), fan, clock, waste bin and clothes basket. I keep the room simple and free of clutter. Airy drapes add a nice touch. I’ve now started leaving water and little snacks as well.
- Before they arrive, if they are from out of town or from a different country all together, give insight on the law of the land. My in-laws recently visited and had their camouflage clothing confiscated at the airport as it is illegal to wear such clothing here. Giving them a little heads up on the do’s and don’ts of your community or country early on can save them (and you) lots of hassle and embarrassment.
- Give a little house tour. I usually show my houseguests the ins and outs of the kitchen, washroom and toilet and bath. Parking and compound/neighbourhood rules also come in handy. For instance, in my housing complex, everyone has a particular parking spot. If you park in the wrong spot, you will most definitely cause some confusion and perhaps angry neighbours.
- Depending on the type of stay, whether for business, vacation or simply someone returning home for a visit, giving recommendations on food, safety, parking, transportation and emergency services is very useful.
- A short trip to the grocery. If it’s a family member that I know well, I may skip this part as I am familiar with their eating habits and can prepare for them before hand. If not, then recommending or taking them to the supermarket can prevent you from having hungry houseguests. I do this especially when I know they have dietary restrictions or eating preferences.
- and finally, I noticed this little lovely luggage rack on another blog and I know this’ll be a hit. I’m yet to get one though. Don’t want my guests getting too comfy (kidding!).
What have I left out? What do you do to prep for having houseguests?
Thanks for stopping by!
PS ~ How to Travel Anywhere with Only a Carry-On and Apartment Hunting: What Every First Time Renter Should Know.
Published: November 6, 2017 9:30 AM