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It is the holiday season. One thing that the holiday season may bring you is….OVERNIGHT GUESTS! I would venture to say that more people have overnight guests during Thanksgiving and Christmas than any other time during the year. I know having people stay over can be stressful for all parties involved. Here are 5 Ways to Make Overnight Guests Feel at Home while they are visiting.
5 Ways to Make Overnight Guests Feel at Home
Let Guests Know Your Routines
We have stayed with people before and have also had guests stay with us. It is always nice to know what the routines of the household are while you are there. One way to make overnight guests feel at home is to just let them know your family routine.
If you will all be sharing a bathroom it is ESSENTIAL to let the guests know the schedule. If you will be leaving for work, staying home, etc. This information will decrease confusion and make the visit more relaxed!
Find Out Important Health Information Beforehand
Having overnight guests is not always as simple as it seems. There may be more to the visit then just providing someone with a place to sleep. Typically overnight guests will be EATING multiple meals at your home. In this day and age it is important to find out about any dietary restrictions and food allergies before your guests arrive.
So many people have food allergies and intolerances these days that it is best to just ask before the guests get to your house. No one wants to be a burden and if you can prepare for any dietary issues beforehand it will save time and awkwardness at meal times!!
Make Items Accessible
No one wants to continually ask for things they need. It can be embarrassing and make the guest feel intrusive. Make sure you have items handy and sitting out for your guests. Here is a list of some ideas:
Fan for white noise
Technology information wasn't something guests needed 30 or more years ago. However, times have changed and now our overnight guests probably need some info to make their stay comfortable and easy.
Be sure to give your guests a card with your WiFi information so your guests can connect while they are visiting.
I know that I have a lot of trouble figuring out TV's when I am at someone else's house. It is nice to give your guests some info on how the TV works…a station list, etc. so they don't have to constantly ask for help.
Keep It Clean
I don't think most guests expect your home to be spotless. Nevertheless, when I know we have guests coming over I try to go above and beyond in my housekeeping. One area that is a MUST for cleanliness is the bathroom. I want the spare bathroom to be as clean as possible for my guests.
Looking at the room through the eye of a visitor is important. I look at every surface and every item in the bathroom and try to clean and disinfect EVERYTHING!
I am a busy lady and I use any shortcuts I can find to make the cleaning process easier. The Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber is one way I get my toilet clean without all the struggle! It scrubs the messes I've been leaving behind. I grabbed it on my last trip to Target and I love how easily it cleans under the toilet rim. The scrubber also has an awesome stand that houses the disposable refills!! It is genius and space-saving too!
Remember to put yourself in your guest's shoes and think about the cleanliness of your home from their perspective! If you keep that outlook your home will be in perfect condition I am sure!!
How Do You Make Guests Feel Welcome?
What are your favorite ways to make overnight guests feel at home? Do you have any awesome tips to share?
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Such great tips! I love the idea of giving guests a schedule as well. #client
Journeys of The Zoo says
Great tips, especially for the holidays. We only use Scotch Brite products in our home because I know they work.
Cindy Ingalls says
Most of the time I have family staying at my house so they pretty much know where everything is, but I also make sure to ask if they have any food or drink preferences or needs. I also make sure the house is clean, towels are laid out and the bathroom is stocked with TP and tissues.
Nicole Haas Etolen says
This is a brilliant tips! I’m actually don’t know what to do when we have a guest at home. I’m glad that I found this. Thank you.
Our Family World says
Very clever ideas! Holidays are coming and we have a relative guest soon. And I want to make my guest feel at home.
These are great ideas for sure. I love to have over night guests. Next time I will remember these tips.
Elizabeth O. says
With the holidays fast approaching it’s important to make sure that we have all that we need in case our relatives decide to come over! I love these tips!
There are amazing tips! I have not had any overnight guests in a while, but since I moved there is a high chance I will have plenty now. These will come in handy!
Robin Rue says
Making items accessible to them especially ones for the restroom is important. They don’t want to have to come to you whenever they need to find a personal item.
Ave Hla says
These are really great tips! When I know that we have guests coming I clean like a crazy person. I like the idea of giving the guests a list with all the technology information.
The Trophy WifeStyle says
Ooooo great suggestions!! I always leave my guest extra towels!!!!
Julie Syl Kalungi says
I truly should come visit, Your hospitality sounds AMAZING 🙂 And thanks for the tips too!
Terri Ramsey Beavers says
I think your tips are great. Anytime I’ve ever spent the night with family or friends, I had to find where everything was kept. Letting guests know would be a big help.
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
These are great tips. So many ways to make guests feel welcome. Making things accessible and letting them know your routine are key.