You probably love inviting friends and family to your home, but you’re likely stressing over the preparations that you need to do to ensure that you’re ready for their visit.
Are there enough beds? What are their dietary preferences? How about their sleeping habits?
Part of being a gracious host is anticipating the needs of your guests and helping them have a convenient and comfortable stay. While no one probably expects you to provide a 5-star accommodation, it’s a good idea to go out of your way and do small things that can make your guests feel more special. You don’t need to spend a lot, the small things make a huge difference.
If you don’t want to be embarrassed by unexpected surprises when your loved ones stay over your home, you need to set aside time to plan for their stay. This will help minimise awkward moments and ensure that everyone will have an awesome time.
Ready to prepare your home? Here are things that you can do:
There is absolutely no shortcuts for this. You need to set aside time to fix up and clean everything. Make sure that your guests won’t see anything embarrassing around your home. And don’t scare them away with bugs or spiders. If they are staying in your home for a long time, make sure that they have space for all their stuff. Tidy up the bathroom too. You can remove your toiletries from the counter so that they have space to put their own. Provide them with their own hamper or laundry bag for washing.
Even if your guest room already looks super clean, you need to actually spend time in there to know what it’s like. Is the temperature too cold? Are the linens okay? Pretend that you’re the visitor in your home and see what it feels like. What do you think can be done to improve the surroundings?
Surprise your guest with a little welcome basket in their room. Add items that they might need during their stay like a scarf if it's winter time or a pair of sunglasses during hot months. This will make them feel more comfortable around your home. Also, let them know your WiFi password and where you hide your spare keys. You might also give them a card with your complete address and emergency phone numbers.
Don’t forget to add snacks and drinks, especially if they came from long hours of travel. They might be embarrassed to go down and check out your kitchen on their first night, so make sure that they have something to eat and drink in case they get hungry.
Is it the first time for your guests to come visit your area? Are they looking to explore tourist attractions? If they are, make the planning easier for them. Gather information about places they can visit. Before they come, ask them if you should purchase any tickets to shows or theme parks. Aside from the tourist attractions, also try to let them know the locations of places they might need to visit during their stay such as the gym, salon, and park if they have kids. Don’t forget to include a list of your favorite bars and restaurants!
Don’t forget the bathroom! Make sure that you have a good stock of the bathroom essentials such as shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Keep in mind that different guests have different needs. For women guests, you might want to put tampons and other feminine products. For men, you might want to put shaving cream. For kids, you might want to add a potty trainer.
Surprise your guests by adding items that feel a bit more luxurious. If you have a bathtub, consider adding Epsom salts that can help your guests enjoy a relaxing bath. Epsom salt is known for numerous health and beauty benefits.
Our special Epsom salt blends are enhanced with 100% pure essential oils that can help you enjoy aromatherapy benefits as well. We have a lot of blends to choose from.
What blend do you think will your house guest enjoy?