Houseguests? Planning Ahead Beats The Stress
houseguests is a great way to spend some extra time catching up
with old friends and visiting with family. A little advance planning
can make their time with you more enjoyable for both you and your
You'll want to make sure that the house is neat and clean,
but don't feel like you have to run out and buy new furniture or re-carpet the
living room. However, now might be the time to purchase something for the house
that you've been thinking about, like a new sofa or a towel radiator (zehnderamerica.com).
Find out what kind of food your house guests like so you can have it on hand for their
visit. Are they on any special dietary restrictions or do they have any allergies
you need to be aware of? Also, is there any food they absolutely hate? What kind
of snacks do they like?
If they'll be in town long enough to see the
sights, provide them with information on attractions that might interest them,
such as museums or sporting events. Find out what plays or concerts will coincide
with their trip and offer to get tickets.
Give your guests a key so they feel free to come and go on their own....
Set aside a space for your
guests. If you have a designated guest room, your job is that much easier; if
not, figure out where you can create a private area for them. Your home office
might work, or a corner in the family room, or even one of your kids' rooms.
While They're There
Give your guests a key so they feel free
to come and go on their own. After all, you won't be spending 24 hours a day with
them. If you have a security system, show them how to work it.
Take house guests
on a tour of the house, including the kitchen, and let them know they should feel
free to help themselves to food and drink. Fill them in on any house rules (last
person home lets the dog out, for example).
Your guests will appreciate
a few thoughtful touches in their room - bottled water on the nightstand, a few
paperbacks and magazines to read, a comfortable pillow and maybe even a robe.
Think about your favorite amenities from your last hotel stay and try to provide
similar perks to your guests.
In the bathroom, provide personal-size
shampoo, conditioner and soap, and make sure there are always clean towels available.
For an extra special touch, use a towel radiator to pamper your guests with warm
towels after their bath or shower.
a little attention to details, your guests will think they've checked into a five-star