Friday, 8 May 2020

Preparing Your Home for Overnight Guests

Having overnight guests should be a lot of fun – it shouldn’t be something to stress about. However, many people find it an intimidating thought, and even if they were excited about it to start with, they soon discover that there is a lot to do to get their homes to a good state where they would be happy to have guests not only come over but stay the night.

If you find yourself getting worried when the time comes for guests to stay, read on for some useful tips on how to keep calm and what you need to do to make the stay comfortable for both you and for them.

Prepare Their Bedroom
Firstly, you need to know just where your guests are going to be sleeping. If you have a spare room that you can turn into a guest bedroom, then that’s great; otherwise, you’ll need to think carefully about where best to house them so that they are comfortable. A living room can be ideal, assuming you can shut the door and aren’t going to want to use it in the morning – you don’t want to disturb your guests.

If you don’t have a bed for them but are planning on using a sofa or sofa bed instead, it’s a good idea to get a professional company to carry out sofa cleaning. That way, your guest is going to be just as comfortable as if they were in a real bed, and they’ll be able to sleep well.

No matter where they sleep, make sure you have bedding, lamp they can use, and perhaps even a bedside table at the ready. You don’t want to be dashing around looking for these things when it’s time for you all to go to bed; preparing in advance will keep the situation stress-free.

Extra Toiletries
Your guest may well bring their own toiletries, and probably will bring at least a toothbrush and deodorant, but what about everything else? Will they need toothpaste? Soap? Shower gel? Shampoo? Hair gel?

Rather than asking your guest exactly what they intend to bring (which can be awkward and feel rather intrusive), you can have a stock of extra toiletries kept at home for exactly this situation. Keep them away from the items you use every day and over them to your guest when he or she stays. If they need them, they can use them without having to ask, and if they don’t need them, then they will still think highly of you for offering.

Make the Kitchen Accessible
It’s all very well telling a guest they can make themselves at home and use whatever they want to in the kitchen, but that won’t necessarily mean they will feel comfortable opening up your cupboards and searching for what they want.

The best thing to do is to leave tea, coffee, bread, cereals, snacks, and anything else they might want out on the kitchen surface, and show your guest this, as well as showing them where the mugs, plates, and cutlery are kept. This way, they will feel much more at home, and you won’t have to worry about ensuring they have everything they need. 

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