When the holidays arrive, you may plan to have a few relatives or close friends come stay with you for a few days to visit and celebrate together. Even if you are very close with your family and friends, you should still prepare for house guests in advance. This can make the visit go by easier, and you will have more time to talk and spend time with each other.
If you are planning to have loved ones visit and stay with you for a few days, then here are a few tips for preparing for house guests.
Plan Out The Visit Itself.
Plan out the visit in advance, so that you will have time to plan for your guests’ arrival. In addition, your guests will have time to plan their trip. Find out the days and dates of the visit, as well as what time they will be arriving and leaving. Get a headcount on how many people will be staying with you. If need be, you can find out any allergies, health problems, and so on, so you know what food to serve, where to sleep everyone, and so on. They are staying in your house, but you should take any health problems and such into consideration.
Talk To The Guests.
You should be sure to keep contact with the guests and talk to them about the visit. As stated before, you want to find out if there are any allergies and health problems that you should know about. Even if it is family and friends visiting, your guests may also be nervous about staying away from home, so you should find out what food they like, how they can sleep comfortably, and such. Let them know that they do not have to be afraid to walk to the bathroom or to get a snack from the kitchen if they need to. You want the trip to be comfortable for everyone.
Be Sure The House Is Clean.
Even if it is your relatives or best friends coming to visit, you should be sure to clean the house in advance. This does not just include the bedrooms and kitchen or dining room, but the living room, bathrooms, basement, and every room should be clean. Throw away trash, wash anything that needs to be washed (such as the windows), and get rid of any spoiled food. Keeping the house clean for your guests will not only look good on you, but it will keep everyone healthy and comfortable as well.
Keep Food In The House.
Preparing for house guests also includes keeping food in the house. Of course you will have food for the holidays, but you want to have enough food for all of the days they are there. Find out what they like and what they can eat, and if need be you can even ask them to pitch in. If there is time upon arrival, you can even take them grocery shopping with you. Once again, let them know they are free to go and get something to eat if they are hungry, as they may not feel comfortable doing so in someone else’s house.
Make Sure There Is Enough Bedding.
Before the guests arrive, get a head count and be sure you have enough bedding. This includes places to sleep, pillows, sheets, blankets, and so on. Let your guests know if they should bring anything, from an extra pillow or blanket to a sleeping bag.
Prepare For Children.
If there are children coming, then you should prepare for their arrival. Talk to their parents to see what they like to eat and where they will be sleeping. Like adults, find out if there are any allergies or health problems you should know about. Keep their bedding close to their parents, incase they need them. Find out their ages and keep anything you do not want them to get a hold of out of reach and put away. You can let the parents know that they can bring a few toys or DVDs for the children. If you would like, you can even purchase a few inexpensive toys and DVDs for the children yourself.
Preparing for house guests is not as hard as you may think. Plan out the visit in advance and get everything done as soon as possible. Ask members of your household to pitch in and ask your soon-to-be house guests to keep in touch to help with the planning. When you are done preparing, you can wait for their arrival and let the visit begin! Have fun visiting with your loved ones and happy holidays!