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I love, love, love having people come to stay at my house – whether it’s just for one night, a week or even longer. My husband is one of seven and since a few of his siblings have relocated over the years, sometimes when they come “home” they need a place to stay. I am the first one to raise my hand when one of them needs a place to stay. My brother in law, his lovely wife and my super cute 1 year old nephew are regulars at my house and I get so excited whenever they tell me they are coming up. They live in Astoria (Queens, NY), so since they are fairly close, they come back to Massachusetts pretty often.
When they (or anyone else) stay at my house, I want them to be comfortable and feel completely at home. Just a few extra touches here & there can really make your overnight guests feel special.
1. Clean and/or Pick up your house.
Give your house a good cleaning. If your house is already clean, go through your house room by room and get rid of clutter. I am a parent and that means that there are toys all over the place. Take an afternoon to pick up all of those things laying around and put them back where they belong. Why not get the kids involved while you’re at it? I do!
In addition, I always use having overnight guests as an opportunity to cross things off of my to-do list. Have a doorknob that’s wiggly and needs for the screws to be tightened? This is the time to get those little things done.
2. Stock up on food & beverages.
I always make it a point to text or email my guests a few days before they arrive to ask them what their favorite snacks and drinks are. I don’t want my guests to be shy about grabbing something to eat or drink and I like to make sure there is plenty for them to eat and drink throughout the stay.
3. Plan ahead for meals.
Depending on your guests plans, they may be around for dinner and if that’s the case, you will want to make sure you are prepared with enough food. The internet is full of amazing casserole recipes that you can make ahead and heat up the night your guests are there. I like making casserole type meals because they go further and if your guests are not around for dinner, casseroles are easy to reheat if they need a midnight snack.
I highly suggest checking with your guests before they arrive so that you can get a feel for their preferences – and don’t forget to ask about food allergies!
4. Have sleeping arrangements ready before your guests arrive!
Make sure the bed is made for your guests and if possible, leave out lots of extra blankets and pillows for them so that they are comfortable.
5. Leave some extras in their room.
I always leave my overnight guests some towels, snacks, bottled water, current magazines and the WiFi password in their room so that they are easily accessible. I also like to put a few candles in the room and burn them before my guests arrive so that the room smells great when they arrive.
Also, don’t forget to give your guests an extra house key so that they can come and go as they please!
6. Don’t forget the kiddos!
If kids are coming, too, pull out some fun board games or toys. We have LOTS of board games at our house, so when kids are in tow for the stay, I put out a few of our favorites. I also leave out things like Legos and coloring books/crayons to keep the kids busy.
7. Make sure the bathroom is stocked with bath tissue.
Since both of my bathrooms are small and there is little storage, we keep our bath tissue in the linen closet outside of our downstairs bathroom, which could make for a bad situation if our guests were to run out of bath tissue while they were in the bathroom.
I always make sure that I leave several extra rolls of bath tissue inside the bathroom so that they never run out. I was at BJ’s Wholesale Club recently and grabbed some SCOTT(R) 1100 Bath Tissue because we have guests coming this weekend as a matter of fact. I always like to be prepared. I love that I was able to go right to the bath tissue aisle and find my SCOTT(R) 1100 Bath Tissue in no time.
Plus it’s only $23.32 at BJ’s Wholesale Club, which is a great value for my money – and that makes me very happy!
I like buying SCOTT(R) 1100 Bath Tissue because it has 100 extra sheets per roll, which = 3 extra rolls per pack! I also like that it’s safe for septic systems! Living in an older house, that is very important to me. Another reason I love SCOTT(R) Bath Tissue is that the cardboard cores for all rolls utilize 100% recycled paper.
And for all my camping friends, and I know there are a lot of you reading this – SCOTT(R) Bath Tissue passes water breakup tests and is therefore safe for RVs and boats!
Right now there is a $2 off coupon on Coupons.com (valid now through July 31, 2016) for SCOTT(R) 1100 Bath Tissue at BJ’s Wholesale Club. You can get yours here.
But back to having overnight guests…..
When I have people stay overnight at my house, I want them to feel as comfortable as they do at home. I also make sure that I offer my guests use of my washer & dryer while they are at my house so that they can go home with some clean clothes. I also like to send them home with some snacks and treats for the road.
What do you do to prepare for overnight guests?