Have you ever stayed with friends or family and was counting the days, hours, minutes until you could leave?
No-one ever wants house guests to have a bad experience staying in their home. Here are 10 tips to make your guests comfortable and thrilled to return any time (which may be a good or bad thing…).
How To Prepare For House Guests
Would you like to stay in a dirty hotel? Well, consider that your guests would like to stay in a clean home. Scrub your house from top to bottom concentrating on the guest bedroom, guest bathroom and kitchen.
Clean areas of your home that are often forgotten e.g. door handles and light switches. I once visited a house where it was blatantly obvious that the owner NEVER cleaned the light switches. Seriously, they were black when they were supposed to be white! I am not even exaggerating about how filthy they were. It was very upsetting (clearly). Thankfully, I was just visiting for a little while and not staying over.
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Make sure the house smells nice as well. You may not be able to detect odours in your home but people who are visiting sure can.
- Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and mattresses and then vacuum to remove stinky smells.
- Spray Febreze on soft surfaces such as chairs and curtains.
- Crack open the windows to let fresh air in.
- Clean pet litter, animal cages and bedding.
- While you’re at it, bathe the pets too.
2. Stock Up The Guest Bathroom
If you don’t have a separate bathroom for guests to use, ensure you remove your family’s dirty towels and clothing. Tidy up your personal items e.g. toothbrushes, hair tools etc. Don’t leave them scattered all over the bathroom counter.
Make sure the bathroom that guests will use is well-stocked.
- Toilet paper: It’s so awkward to rummage through someone’s cupboards or to have to go ask for toilet paper. Place extra rolls in a visible location near the toilet. A basket or container on the back of the toilet or on the floor can be decorative and functional at the same time. You can also stack a couple rolls on the top of the clean toilet tank.
- Towels: Place clean fluffy bath, face and hand towels for your guests to use in the bathroom and make sure they know where they are.
- Toiletries: It’s always a good idea to have travel-sized toiletries for guests in case they forgot something. Things like toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and lotion are good options. Have extra toothbrushes, brushes and combs on hand as well.
- Feminine hygiene products: Ladies we’ve all been there—stranded without products to use. Have a variety of feminine hygiene products in the guest bathroom, just in case.
3. Make the Guest Room Homey
Place clean sheets on the bed in the guest bedroom. Have extra pillows and blankets as well.
A sitting area in a guest bedroom is always a nice touch. This can be as simple as a cozy chair by the window with a few books or magazines laid out in a basket nearby. Ensure the room has adequate lighting. Use brighter light bulbs or add a lamp here and there.
Have stationery readily available for your guests in case they need it e.g. a notepad, some pens and perhaps Post It notes.
4. Adequate Storage
If your guest room doubles as your storage room, make sure to clear out the clutter and have adequate storage in the closet or drawers for your guests. Use under-the-bed storage for your items so they are out-of-the-way and are not an unsightly tripping hazard.
5. Wi-Fi Passwords
Print or write the Wi-Fi password for your home onto card or paper. Laminating the Wi-Fi card makes it more presentable and the lamination protects the card. Alternatively, place the printed password into a pretty frame. Both these options save you from having to repeatedly print new ones. Whatever you choose to do, place the password in your guest’s room so they can freely connect to the internet, if they wish.
Make sure your kitchen is well-stocked especially if your guests will be staying with you for an extended period. Before you shop, find out if they have any allergies, eating preferences e.g. vegan diet or have any religious influences that you may want to consider. If your house guest does not eat pork, you may want to avoid cooking it while they are there. Of course, they may not ask you to do this and it is totally your choice. Just something to think about.
7. Extra Key
You don’t want your visitors to feel like prisoners while they stay with you. Give them an extra key so they can come and go freely. This also saves you the hassle of having to be awake or at home to let them in the house.
8. Keep Pets Away
You may love your pets but not everyone else will. If you can, restrict your pets to certain areas of your home while your guests are present. Plus, pets shed hair and, let’s be honest, they can stink, so it will also help to keep your house clean and smelling fresh.
Let your kids know that you will be having guests over and what kind of behaviour you expect from them. Make sure they tidy their toys after use and help keep the bathroom clean if sharing with your house guest. These are activities that they may be accustomed to doing anyway but a little extra encouragement never hurts.
Also, let your guests know what your family’s daily routine is like. If you know your house is chaos in the mornings, warn visitors beforehand so they are prepared and not overwhelmed. If you serve meals at specific times, inform them of this as well so they can decide if they want to participate or not, depending on their schedule.
Don’t expect your guests to know things you have not discussed with them. If you want them to pitch in and clean, let them know ahead of time. I personally don’t let my guests lift a finger but I do know some people who don’t think that way and that’s fine. It’s your house, your rules. But, don’t be upset that your house guests haven’t grabbed the vacuum the whole week they’ve been there if they didn’t know that’s what you expected.
The more you talk, the better it will be for everyone involved.
10. Respect Guests’ Space
Give your visitors some space! If your guest room is also your home office, temporarily relocate your office supplies to another location. Don’t expect your guests to be up and out of their rooms by 8:30 a.m. because that’s when you start working.
If you have kids, especially young ones, keep them out of your guests’ way as much as you can too (at least until a decent hour).
Having house guests is exciting and, with a little extra preparation, it should be fun for everyone involved. Follow these 10 tips to ensure your guests’ comfort and they’ll be glad they stayed.