by Laura Cooper
Hosting holiday, special occasion or vacation guests — whether they’re family or friends — can be a tricky undertaking. Everyone lives differently, arranging their lives, and homes, just the way they like them. When guests leave their home to stay at yours, it can quickly become a source of tension and hostility for both parties. However, hosting houseguests can be a breeze for both you and your guests when you implement these six hospitality tips.
Even if they’re family, your guests will feel more comfortable if they have privacy. Install a lock on the door, hang heavy curtains or a window shade and keep your kids and pets out of the guest room. And always knock before you enter the room for any reason.
Nothing says bad hospitality like a worn-out mattress and tattered bed sheets. Improve the pleasantness of your houseguests’ experience by looking for quality king and queen mattresses and buy one that will provide a good night’s sleep. On that bed, place clean and stain-free sheets, warm blankets and extra pillows. Additionally, provide your guests with a night-light, and give them permission to open the window or adjust the thermostat as to encourage your guests to sleep comfortably.
Create a Homelike Space
You don’t need to recreate your guests’ home, but a few changes to your guest room will increase their comfort. Start by removing personal objects. Wedding photos and banking statements should be stored elsewhere. Additionally, remove any fragile collectibles, expensive perfume or other items you don’t want your guests to use. Then, prepare and stock the room with items your guests might need.
-Clean the room and open the windows to air it out before guests arrive.
-Clear off the nightstand, and set an alarm clock, magazines and local travel guides on it.
-Make space in the closet and dresser so that your guests can unpack their suitcases.
-Set a comfortable chair and a lamp in one corner, along with a few books.
In the hustle and bustle of packing for a trip, your guests may have forgotten essential toiletries. Provide extras to save your guests the hassle of driving to the store or the frustration of going without. Stock a small basket with:
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss
- Pain reliever
- Antibacterial ointment
- Bug spray
- Feminine products
You’ll also want to prepare the bathroom before your guests arrive. Clear space off the counter, provide bath towels and washcloths and hang a hook or two for wet towels. Set tissues, toilet paper and a plunger in plain sight too.
Guests may be uncertain about raiding the fridge when they’re hungry, so provide a few snacks. Nuts, seeds, fruit, crackers, granola bars and small bags of popcorn nourish your guests between meals. If you’re not sure what your guests enjoy eating, take them shopping. They can choose a few favorite snacks and beverages to store in your kitchen, and both of you won’t have to worry about what to eat when the munchies strike.
Access the Internet
Most likely, your guests will want Internet access. Give them your Wi-Fi password and point out the nearest electrical outlets. You can also write a schedule for your home computer to ensure everyone has the Internet access they need.