November 12, 2015

How-to: Prepare for Overnight Guests

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With the holidays quickly approaching, the season of house guests is upon us!  It's easy to tell your guests, "make yourself at home", but most people, even family and close friends, will be hesitant to act like they do at their own home.  No matter if your guests are crashing on your couch or you have a separate guest bedroom, there are a few things you can do to make them feel right at home and keep your stress level to a minimum!



Keep things in plain sight.  Your guests won't want to dig through cabinets or drawers to find things and may be too embarrassed to ask for certain items, so it's easier on everyone to leave everyday essentials out and easy to find.  In the bathroom, I keep a little basket of toilet paper and room spray along with fresh folded towels on the rack.  In the kitchen, I leave the coffee out on the counter as well as snacks or easy breakfast items like muffins or donuts.

Think about what you miss when you're away from home.  Whether it's a forgotten phone charger,  toiletries, or over-the-counter medicines, I like to have extras on hand.  There's nothing worse than your guest having to do without something or run to the store, especially during the holiday season rush.  It's also nice to have the wifi password written down and a spare key to get into the building and/or house along with instructions if it could possibly be confusing.

Considerate Touches.  I always want our guests to feel like we're excited to have them, and the easiest way to do that is to have nice little touches throughout the house.  Fresh flowers, a candle, and some of their favorite foods and drinks add an instant feeling of warmth to your home!

At the end of the day, spending time with your guests is the most important thing, so don't sweat the small stuff.  If something isn't perfect, it isn't the end of the world!  I hope these little tips help you prepare for the season of house guests and if you have any additions I'd love to hear!

xoxo,
Kitty