Monday, October 22, 2018

How to Be Ready for Guests

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The hosting season is upon us.  Holiday parties and visiting family, and all sorts of reasons for people to be coming into your home and staying for awhile.  There's a lot that goes into making your home ready for guests for a party or a weekend visit.  You'll have a lot of last minute things on your plate, like cleaning or cooking, so it's a good idea to have some of the other things ready to go ahead of time for your house guests.  It's less stress for you and it's really comforting and welcoming to your friends and family.

Have a dedicated space for guests to sleep, and the bedding for it.  We have a guest room, but it's not always necessary.  If you don't have the space for it, then just know which area is designated for overnight guests and make sure you have the proper bedding for it, like a set of sheets, blankets, and pillows.  We have a lot of extra blankets, because our basement (where the guest room is) runs cool.

Make extra bathroom supplies easily accessible.  Most people bring their own toiletries now, wherever they go.  I always tell my guests they can use whatever is in my (or John's) shower as well, so I don't have dedicated mini bottles of things sitting out.  They're pretty wasteful.  But I do make sure that the things they can use (shampoo, lotion, etc.) and other bathroom supplies (toilet paper) are easily accessible, so they don't need to go searching cabinets and things to find what they need.  I also make sure there's extra towels everywhere.

Make cleaning items easy to find.  Our trash cans are easy to spot, but I also like to make sure things like toilet bowl cleaners and plungers are easy to find, since normally we store these away.  Things no guest wants to ask for, but might need.

Keep a few essentials stocked.  Every guest will be different in terms of what they eat and drink.  If I have enough notice, I'll try to pick up things I know that person will like.  Otherwise, I just keep a few essentials stocked.  For drinks, we always have water, coffee, and tea.  We also always have beer, wine, vodka, and champagne too, let's be honest.  For snacks, I always have chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, pretzels, and some little cookies.

Prepare TV instructions and the wifi password.  If our guests stay up later or wake up earlier, it's nice if they know how to turn on the TV for themselves.  Or if they prefer watching something on their devices, definitely make sure they know the wifi password by printing it on a piece of paper to leave near their sleeping space.

Make outlets noticeable or have a power strip.  We all have so many things to charge.  Make sure your guests will know where the outlets are, or place a power strip right by the where the sleeping area is.

Remove personal items.  From the guest room and the bathroom, just get your stuff (as much as you can) out of that area.  Make sure there's room for you guest to put their clothes and bathroom items.  That's impossible to do if your makeup is all over the counters or you use the guest room dressers as extra storage for stuff you don't actually ever use.

Clean.  No one likes a dirty space, but it's worse if it's not your own dirt.  If you know guests are coming, get in there and clean every guest space and common area, particularly bathrooms and kitchens.

Light a candle.  It's instantly welcoming, and has the added benefit of making your home smell great.

Are you hosting anyone this holiday season?  How do you get ready for guests?

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