Now that the world is somewhat returning to normal in a few places, you may want to have some guests over, especially if you have not seen them in a while. If they are traveling from far away, they will likely spend a night or two at your house — after all, it does not make sense to have them pay for a hotel if you have the extra space.
But preparing your house for guests can be quite a struggle, since you may feel some pressure to impress them. Luckily, this does not have to be hard. By following a few of our helpful tips, your house will be ready to welcome guests in no time.
Clean your house
Of course, the first thing that you should do if you are expecting guests is to clean your house. After all, you want your guests to have a good impression of your home and feel welcome and comfortable.
If your spare bedroom has been empty for a while, be sure to start there. Next, clean the bathrooms. Once those tasks are out of the way, you can get started on the rest of the house. A dustpan and brush can help you make sure that your house is spotless and sparkling clean.
Make sleeping arrangements
Whether you have a spare bed or your guest will be sleeping on your couch or a blowup mattress, it is important that they have a clean space to sleep on.
Be sure to give the couch a good clean if it is dirty, and also provide them with clean and fresh linen. If you are always struggling to find space for your guests to sleep, a sleeper couch is a good option.
When it is not in use, it won’t take up as much space as a bed. Have a look at some of the best sleeper sofas to see if anything catches your eye.
While spontaneous visits do happen, if you know that you will be having guests, it is a good idea to plan ahead. For example, you might want to cancel any plans you have so that you can spend time with your guest.
You also need to make sure that you have all of the necessities, like extra towels and perhaps even miniature toiletries for your guest to use.
Having guests over can be stressful, but by planning ahead and doing everything you need to do, it will be a lovely experience. Depending on the lockdown rules where you live, you may also need to get permission to have guests over.
Stock up on food
It makes sense that when you have guests you will be using more food than usual. That being said, you should also take the time to ask your guests about their eating preferences.
Do they have any allergies? Are they on a specific diet? Be sure to stock up on things your guest will eat, rather than expecting them to eat what you do. For example, if your guest is vegan, you may want to think of some vegan meals.
If your guest is currently on a diet, be sure to stock up on some healthy snacks. If you do not have a lot of time to dedicate to this, consider some of these healthy snacks that you can make at the office. Being a good host is all about being accommodating and making your guests feel respected.
Make them feel welcome
It is often uncomfortable to spend time at someone’s house, no matter how well you know them. Your guests may feel like they are intruding or invading your space, so it is your job to make them feel welcome.
A small gesture can go a long way when it comes to this. You can put a bar of chocolate on their bed, and maybe light a candle in their room. You can also consider implementing some of these ideas in your guest bedroom to make it cozy.
Make a list
Lists are great. By having a list of everything you need to do or buy before your guest arrives, you will be making your life much easier and ensuring that you do not forget anything.
You can also make a list of helpful things for your guest, such as the wi-fi password or the code to disarm the alarm. If you need to go to work for a bit while your guest is there, you might want to leave a map and a list of things for them to do while you are gone.