Having your loved ones come to visit is always an exciting experience, and it makes sense that you’d do everything you can to make them feel welcome. That being said, getting your house guest-ready does require careful preparation and a lot of thinking in advance, so you want to start prepping as soon as possible. Below, a couple of foolproof tips to make your guests feel comfortable at your home.
Do a deep-clean the day before
The first impression is the most important one, and your guests’ arrival is the perfect opportunity to tackle all the rooms that need some extra TLC, with special attention being paid to bathrooms and the guest bedroom. Use this as a chance to really give your home the deep-clean it deserves, tackling all the chores you’ve been putting off lately until the house is spotless. You will be proud to show it off and your guests will feel welcome.
Leave enough room for storing their personal belongings
Speaking of cleaning, you’ll also want to declutter your home and get rid of any items that are taking up precious space. Make sure to leave enough room for the guests to store their clothes and belongings so they don’t feel like they have to live out of their suitcase. Go through your drawers and closet and see if you can free up some space for your guests’ items, and do the same with your bathroom drawers and shelves.
Anticipate your guests’ needs
Oftentimes, guests will be too shy to ask for certain things, so it pays to anticipate their needs and do what you can to make their stay as pleasant as possible. During winter months, set the thermostat at a temperature that is most comfortable so that the guests can feel all nice and cozy. Your air conditioner will come in handy when it comes to keeping your indoors cool during summer months while installing a backyard misting system will help optimize the outdoor temperature and maximize comfort. Finally, remember to check if everything around the house is in good working order. This includes everything from ceiling fans to light bulbs to TVs.
Pay attention to details
You want to make your guests feel like you’re genuinely glad that they’re coming to your house, not make them feel as if they’re imposing or disrupting your daily routine. One way to show this is to pay attention to details. Try to think from their perspective and ask yourself what you would expect from your host if you were visiting. This can include anything from leaving a pitcher of water next in the guest bedroom to leaving slippers and robes in the bathroom to making sure there are enough plates, glasses, and chairs in the kitchen.
Shop for groceries and stock the fridge
Welcoming your guests also means ensuring there are enough food and snacks. Start by cleaning out the fridge. Then, put together a grocery shopping list. Get those staple foods that your guests can use to make a quick breakfast such as eggs, bacon, yogurt, cheese, and avocados. Get some alcoholic beverages as well, and don’t forget to stock up on essentials such as tea, coffee, and fresh fruits – they’ll need it to start their day fresh.
Cover all the essentials
When welcoming your guests, you want to think like a hotel. This means covering all the essentials that your guests will be needing during their stay, from toiletries and towels to blankets and extra pillows. Use your best bedding sets for their bedroom, provide some nice and crisp towels in the bathroom, and leave a basket with snacks for the guests to nibble on in the evening instead of heading to the kitchen to grab some. It’s the best way to ensure a hotel-like experience and give your guests the warm welcome they deserve.
Rely on candles and essential oils to eliminate odors
A clean bathroom is a must when having guests over, but giving your bathroom a good clean is not enough. You want it to feel fresh at all times, and that’s not possible if there are lingering odors and smells in there. Keep the air fresh by airing out the house every day, vacuuming every room thoroughly and emptying all the trash cans regularly. Finally, rely on your trusty scented candles and essential oils to eliminate any odors and provide fresh flowers and oil stick fragrances to freshen the air and give your bathroom a spa-like feel.
With a little bit of planning and effective preparation, anyone can make their guests feel special when they come to visit. Stick with these tips, and you’re certain to leave a good impression and make their stay a memorable one.
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Taylor Parker is an American based writer and blogger. She is very passionate about family, fashion, health and lifestyle. Taylor writes mostly lifestyle articles, but also you’ll find her in home improvement and other niches.