Making overnight guests feel comfortable and welcome can sometimes be challenging. Many households, especially those with children, are not designed to accommodate multiple extra inhabitants. But with these few quick tricks in mind, you can add that extra special touch to make your visitors feel both loved and important. As well, it will free you up as host during their stay, as they will have everything they need and won’t need to ask!
Accessible Foods and Drink
When your guests arrive, make sure you show them where you keep your waters and beverages and tell them to help themselves. Make sure you have bought extra milk, orange juice and bottles of water, seltzer and soda so they have a selection at all times. If you have a Keurig coffee maker, leave it on with coffees and teas out for individual choosing. Perhaps arrange some glasses and mugs on the countertop so your guests will not have to go hunting. Feel free to use solo cups if that will cut down on clean-up, but give glassware (and silverware for that matter) a quick shine up before guests arrive so they will emit cleanliness. It might as well be a good idea to buy some sandwiches at the local deli and leave a platter of cut up subs in the refrigerator for hungry snackers. Have a plate of cookies or some sweet treat on the stove. Set out a continental breakfast the night before including coffeecake (store bought is fine!), biscotti, cereals, bagels and granola bars for early risers’ no fuss breakfast.
Fresh Linens and Hospitality
Make sure all beds have been changed and are fresh and clean. Leave towels and facecloths in the bathroom and point them out to your guests. Make sure the bathrooms are freshly and thoroughly cleaned. Leave a fresh tube of toothpaste, a fresh bar of soap and even extra boxed toothbrushes in eyesight. Stock extra rolls of toilet paper and a box of Kleenex in a basket with other useful amenities like hotel samplers of shampoos and conditioners and lotion. Make sure guestrooms are as clutter free as possible and provide extra blankets and pillows if you have them, as well as any extra robes you may have if you want to really go that extra mile.
Convenient Storage for Coats and Shoes
Make sure there is room in your hall closet for coats and other personal items that can be hung. Stock the closet with empty hangers for easy use. This will help control clutter during guests’ stay – space might be tight! As far as shoes, make sure you have a basket or an area designated near the door where they can leave and then easily find again, their footwear.
Designated Spaces for Comfort and Function
Make sure that you have areas for your guests to sit. If you need to throw some extra chairs in the living room to make sure there will be a comfortable spot for all visitors, do so. Perhaps have some magazines available and a cozy retreat for guests who might want a bit of space. Also, designate a place for laptops so your guests don’t end up choosing their own spot – which may not be as convenient for you when you are getting done what you need to! Have a place where they can place their keys and charge their cell phones.
These are just a few simple tricks for making overnight stays just that much more memorable and easy. The most important thing is to remember that visits are for making memories. Your guests will be a lot happier if you yourself are happy and at ease. Anything you can prepare ahead of time, will allow you this convenience as well. Good luck and enjoy!