Realistic Ways To Prepare For Houseguests


The first time I was ever having overnight guests at my house, I made the mistake of Googling (was it Google back then?) what I could do to prepare. The advice was along the lines of “Try to pick a room for your guests that has an en suite bathroom. Clear a closet for your guests’ belongings. Provide a plush robe for each guest.” Um…Our family of four is already sharing a bathroom, the closets are all full of the clutter that I’m trying to hide from my guests, and I’m not buying anybody a robe!!!

If you’ve got a dedicated guest room and bathroom and closet for your guests, great. But I’m guessing that most of you don’t. So here are  realistic things that you can do to make life easier for your houseguests.

10 Realistic Ways to Prepare for Houseguests

  1. Buy extra pillows. Two per guest. They do not have to be expensive. Get the $3 ones from your local big box store and don’t worry about how long they will last. They will last long enough for your guests to get some good sleep.
  2. Provide a fan and extra blankets. Everybody has different sleep temperature preferences. Don’t assume that just because you sleep with the window open, everybody else does too. Plus, the fan can help block out noises that your guests might not be used to.
  3. Make sure your guests have a place to charge their phones and other devices at night. A stool or chair near an empty outlet will do the job. Ideally this will be within reach of the bed.
  4. Write down the code for your WiFi and put it in their room. Nothing worse than needing to get online in someone else’s house and the people who know the code are asleep! If you really want to wow your guests, you can frame the code and hang it in their room.
  5. Give them a bowl for their stuff. What stuff? Watches, rings, change, keys, whatever is likely to get lost if not put somewhere specific. You can get a pretty, decorative bowl at a Goodwill store or flea market for a couple of bucks. You can put it on the phone-charging chair!
  6. Put tissues and a few bottles of water in the room.
  7. Look around the room for things you might need. There is nothing worse than remembering at midnight that the work folder you absolutely need is on the desk in the guests’ room.
  8. Put a little basket of toiletries in the room. You can buy these from the travel section of a drugstore, or do what I do and grab the extras from your next hotel stay!
  9. Make room for clothes. It’s totally understandable if you don’t have an empty dresser or closet space, but you can put out an empty laundry basket, or get one of those plastic drawer sets at a storage store. Put some hooks over the door and provide a few hangers.
  10. Find out what your guests like to drink in the morning. I don’t drink coffee so I didn’t realize what a big deal this was at first – I just assumed that everybody would drink my husband’s coffee. Boy was I wrong!

These simple, inexpensive things will make a huge difference in the comfort of your guests!

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