Making Your Home Guest Ready

Dated: November 16 2020

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The holidays are around the corner and hopefully we will be able to entertain a very small gathering of guests during that time period. If you want to get a head start on how to make your home guest ready here are some sure-fire tips we’ve learned along the way. 

Food

The trick with being guest-ready is to always be prepared for unexpected surprises. One of the best ways you can do that is by making double what you need to when you regularly cook so you can store half of it in the freezer. If a guest pops in, you’ll be able to heat up that extra lasagna you had in the freezer! Easy desserts to have on hand for guests are ice cream because it’s always ready to enjoy. 

Cleaning

One of the best tips we’ve learned is to split up your cleaning chores throughout the week. Most people dread spending an entire day cleaning and will continually put it off as a result. In addition to splitting up your chores, prioritise cleaning the downstairs over your upstairs (if your home has multiple floors). This is because guests who tend to stay overnight and will use the upstairs will usually give you notice of their visit. Don’t be afraid to close off some rooms if need be! Always prioritise the rooms you imagine guests will definitely use over the ones they are least likely to use.

Supplies

To be on the safe side it is always good to have guest towels. We recommend having one towel per guest that are a different colour to your regular towels so that your guests and family can easily distinguish whose towels are whose!

Another idea we suggest is to leave space for coats, shoes and bags in your hall and closet. While it may be great that you have enough space for you and your family, it can make a guest feel unwelcome if there’s no place for them to put their things.

Testing

If you care about your guests and their stay with you, test your guest bedroom for one night to see what the quality of sleep is like. You’ll be able to tell in that one night what issues there may be such as light, sounds, bed comfort, hanging space, storage etc.

To be on the safe side, keep extra blankets and pillows in the closet so that they have access to them easily in the middle of the night in case they run colder than you.

If your home does not have a guest bedroom, work out where your guests will sleep for the night and provide them the best sleep possible either with a sofa bed or an air mattress (we recommend the elevated ones that cost a few dollars more but make a huge difference in terms of comfort!)

We hope you find these tips helpful in making your home guest ready! Be sure to let us know in the comments what you do to make sure your home is guest ready.

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