Welcoming guests can sometimes be exhausting for the hosts. There are so many things you have to do to make things turn out exactly as you imagined. It is normal that as a host you want to leave the best possible impression, for everything to go as it should and for your guests to feel at home. That is why it is best to organize yourself well and prepare your home for guests with as little stress as possible.
With these eight thoughtful ideas, you can make your overnight guests feel extra welcome.
Keep your house clean and neat
Just as you want to go to a clean environment when you go as a guest, so do your guests expect it from you. The bathroom and guest room are the rooms that should be clean for guests. Don’t forget to clean the main rooms where they will stay the most time, such as the living room or kitchen. With a tidy space, you will also create a pleasant atmosphere for guests to make them feel relaxed and comfortable.
Fill the fridge with foodstuffs
You would better buy snacks and drinks in the store to fill the fridge. Provide a few bottles of water and some juices. Although your guests may not spend as much time at home, be sure to put coffee and tea on the kitchen counter to help guests serve themselves. To prepare breakfast, you should stick to classics such as eggs and toast bread or oatmeal. When it comes to food, ask if anyone is allergic to anything or lactose intolerant so you can know exactly what to prepare for snacks.
Make room for garments
Sometimes guests can come with a lot of luggage, sometimes with less, but regardless, ensure a closet and drawers so they can store their belongings. That way, guests will feel comfortable, and it will be easier with their belongings. For some nicer clothes like dresses and suits, you can also provide a place where the clothes will hang.
Prepare clean bedding
After a good cleaning room, you need to put clean new bedding on the bed. It would not be a bad idea to put a few more pillows and blankets. This way, you can create a cozy atmosphere and allow your guests to sleep well and get rest. For an even more pleasant atmosphere in the room, a bedside lamp would be a great addition.
Have enough clean towels
In order not to confuse whose towel is whose, it would be best to have towels in different colours. You need to provide enough towels so that guests can use a clean towel every time after showering. Small hand and face towels are also essential. In a situation when the guest is in a hurry and does not have time to take a shower, you can also prepare a towel for them after using the bidets.
Bathroom toiletries and personal hygiene
It may happen that your guests will forget toothpaste or hair shampoo. That’s why you should have things like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner in your bathroom, just in case. So that your guests do not have to carry a hairdryer because it takes up a lot of space in their luggage, give them a hairdryer to use. Also, sure to put toilet paper in the bathroom and leave the other rolls aside, in a visible place for use.
Talk to guests
Communication is the key to success. Arrange when is the best time for breakfast or whether they prefer to take a shower in the morning or the evening? Learn some things that can make it easier for both you and your guests to feel comfortable. Stand up to your guests so they know they can contact you if they need any help. You can also give them some tips on which places to visit and restaurants where they can eat.
Relax and enjoy
In the end, when you check things off the list you had to do, there is nothing left for you to do but to relax. There are inevitably unpleasant situations, but it is important to know that you have done what is expected of you and that the guests are satisfied with you as the host.