Whatever the occasion for friends and family members to come and visit with you at your home, you want to be prepared to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable. Your out of town guests may be from different time-zones and weather conditions, so we put together a few things to prepare your home and time together so it is a memorable time for all.
1. Tidy up Your Front Entrance. A well-tended entrance to your home is a way for guests to feel like they are welcome. If you have chipped paint, repaint, it is a simple way to upkeep the front entrance to your home. Spruce the area up with potted plants and a nice welcome mat. It’s the area of the home they will immediately see when arriving and first impressions are everything!
2. Clear A Path For Your Guests. Guests come with luggage which can be hard to navigate if the entry way of the house is filled with shoes, bags, umbrellas or oddly placed furniture. Don’t overcrowd wall hooks or shoe cubbies. Save space for your guests and try to refrain from leaving anything on the floor. If you’re short on closet room, invest in a luggage stand for suitcases in your guest’s designated space.
3. Understand their schedules. Guests might not be use to the same time-zone as their hosts which can be hard to assimilate to if they are being kept up late. Show your guests courtesy by asking if they are tired and would like to rest, go to bed or simply retire to their rooms. They might not say anything so that they do not come across rude.
4. Keep Decorating Simple. Keeping it simple in your spare room(s) or if your guests are going to sleep in a living room being surrounded by knick knacks, they may feel uncomfortable. Keep décor easily manageable. If not your guests may not be able to bring out their belongings if they are fighting with what their hosts have around the house.
5. Prepare a guest item basket of toiletries. Many times, we have extra bottles of hotel shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion and mouth wash that we have not used and bring home from trips. Arrange them in a decorative basket for your guests in case they may have forgotten to pack some items. You may want to pick up a couple extra separately wrapped toothbrushes and small tubes of toothpaste to add to the basket. If your guest forgot to pack any of the toiletries you arranged for them, they will be most appreciative that you had them on hand.
6. Do What You Can To Provide Privacy: do not assume that your guests do not want alone time or do not want their privacy. Make sure your doors are able to close and that they can be locked if your guests wish to have some privacy.
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7. Let Some Things Go: we all have our own opinions on how our houses should be kept but some things can be put on the “back-burner” so to speak. Do not demand that your guests arrange themselves to your schedule, itineraries and your systems since that will most likely cause undue stress to hosts and guests. Go with the flow, remember it is temporary and don’t forget the most important thing is to share quality time.
With these simple steps in mind, prepping your home for guests can be a manageable and a fun and memorable experience!
By Briahna Solares for the 50 Plus Report