Getting stressed about houseguests is beyond common – it’s cliché. Whether it’s your in laws or a visiting friend, you want to make sure they feel comfortable and that your home represents you and your ideals accurately. Hopefully you have the big things out of the way, that the tiles have set from your kitchen remodel and the paint on the walls is dry! (Seriously, if you plan to do renovations before guests arrive, leave some buffer room.) Other than that, the steps you need to take are small and easy, and nothing to stress about.
Try these six simple tips to make an ordinary home into an extraordinary place for your guests to stay without any major hassle.
- Provide the little things: Make your guests feel special by arranging a small collection of amenities in each room and for each person. Things like tissues, an alarm clock, some magazines, books, and water bottles can go a long way toward upping their comfort. Carefully arrange these items in a basket or on a chair with a note and a few treats to really make your guests feel welcomed.
- Clean up: This should go without saying, but a clean home is a happy home. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to make your house into something its not, just generally tidy up and make the house feel fresh and warm. Pay special attention to the guest rooms and bathrooms. Dusting, avoiding heavy chemical fragrances, and providing nice bedding are all rules to live by here. While you’re at it, make sure you’re bathrooms are well stocked with the necessities.
- Make space: Ensure that your guest rooms aren’t cluttered, and that there is space in the drawers and closets for your visitors’ clothes. Don’t go crazy with knickknacks! Make sure that visitors have a space to sit at a table or desk so they can set up a laptop or sit to write.
- Remember food: Before your guests arrive, find out about their food preferences, allergies, etc. If you can’t get this information, it pays to have some vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options on hand. Be sure to show visitors around the kitchen, including the refrigerator, and encourage them to make themselves at home. If you wanted to brag about your new kitchen remodel, this would be an okay time to show it off.
- Nice touches: Very small, inexpensive flourishes can make all the difference. A well-placed ribbon around towels or stationary can take something mundane and make it feel like a special gift. Fresh flowers alone can take a dull room and make it feel like a unique and inviting space. Attention to detail pays off, so arrange things with care. This tells your guests that they matter to you.
- Don’t Stress: This final tip is important. If you are anxious, on edge and frustrated about preparing for the visitors, you won’t be able to enjoy their stay – and neither will they. Stay calm and remember, it’s supposed to be fun! Don’t bite off more than you can chew, and try to remain adaptable as plans can change and guests can bring surprises with them.
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Bryan Grayson writes about home improvement, house tips, and more.