If you’ve never had a houseguest before, then you might be surprised just how much thought has to go into making sure that your home is as inviting for a temporary addition as possible.
Typically, your guests are people that you’re happy to have in your home and to spend extra time with, so you really don’t want to be stressing about whether or not your home is showing you up or making you look inconsiderate. To that end, here, we’re going to look at some of the things you can do while Ensuring Your Home Won’t Let You Down With Your Guests.
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Clean is crucial
You don’t want guests to feel uncomfortable in your home and, let’s face it, we all tend to notice any kind of uncleanliness in others’ spaces than we might in our own. As such, you should make sure that you make time for a thorough cleaning a week or less before your guests come in.
The guest room should, naturally, be the main focus of your attention, especially if it hasn’t been used in a while, but you should ensure that any of the communal spaces are up to your standard, as well.
Even if your guest is too polite to comment on it, noticing some dirt or clutter when you have them over is going to cause some stress that you simply do not need in your life.
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Welcome the senses
That your home looks comfortable and clean is one thing, but their sense of sight is not the only one that they use to navigate your space. To that end, you should ensure plenty of comfort for the other senses.
The sense of smell is one of the most important. Aside from following up your cleaning with some fragrance, you should try to avoid having any lingering food scents in the air by clearing out any waste and avoiding cooking anything too pungent for the day your guest arrives, and the use of a good scent diffuser can help with the rest.
Setting the radio on for a low background hum can help to eliminate any awkward silence throughout the house and makes it feel like a much more welcoming space, as well.
Is your bathroom good to go?
Whether you have a guest bathroom or a shared bathroom, you need to make sure that it’s not neglected. This is typically more common if there’s a guest bathroom that hasn’t been used in some while.
You need to be aware that, for a lot of people, experiencing another person’s bathroom can feel a little awkward at first. As such, you need to make an effort to ensure that it is comfortable and welcoming.
Aside from keeping it clean, you should ensure that they have towels, that there’s a bathroom waiting for them there, and a nice little bathroom tray full of essentials and aromatic goodies for when they want to wash.
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Make room in the kitchen
The kitchen is a more communal space, but many guests might feel like they don’t want to intrude on your space, especially when you’re using it. Make it clear that they have free reign of the kitchen but ensure that the kitchen genuinely has space for them, as well.
A lot of people who have been living alone don’t realize the importance of setting aside enough seating like Brosa bar stools to simply help people feel welcome in their homes.
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You can leave out things like fruit and a labeled bread bin or simply give them a quick rundown of where they can find anything.
Make it clear they’re welcome to store anything they want in your kitchen for later, too.
Let them DIY their stay
While you might have no problem helping your guests with whatever they have, the majority of people are going to be mindful and try not to get in your way too much. For that reason, you should consider making a guest welcome basket that goes in their room and gives them a range of things they could look for.
This can include the above instructions on where to find things in the kitchen or the bathroom, a spare charger, the code for the Wifi, and so on.
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With the tips above, you can feel much more confident that your home is able to provide the kind of welcome and comfort that your guests deserve. From there, you just need to make sure that you’re as good a host as you can be, as well.