With the holidays fast approaching, a lot of us are starting to think about entertaining. But what about house guests? It’s a whole different type of entertaining that can invoke anxiety and stress. From making sure is welcoming to feeding those guests all their meals – it can take a lot of planning. With some simple tips, you can make sure you create a welcoming environment for your guests!
5 Tips: Making Houseguests Feel Welcome
A Clean Home
This one is first because it is the most basic. There is nothing that can distract from a home that is not clean or tidy. So put the most effort here! Floors should be clean, clutter cleared, bathrooms sparkling and furniture dusted. Do a big clean in the days leading up to your guests’ arrival and then spot clean the day of. A clean floor, or freshly vacuumed rug automatically gives the room a cleaner look. From carpeted rooms to hardwood floors – make sure your floors shine and are clutter free!
I love my Hoover Air Cordless Lift Upright Vacuum. This vacuum allows me to keep my floors SPOTLESS – and makes it easy to do so! The cordless feature is amazing. I love being able to go from room to room with no “cord boundaries.” No plugging and unplugging, tangled messes or tripping! There’s no winding and unwinding the cord – which is always so annoying when you have a lot to clean! In addition, I love being able to take this vacuum to a portable canister in one easy step. It makes cleaning a breeze.
The Hoover Cordless Family (a line of 4 cordless cleaners -3 vacuums and a hard floor wet cleaner) allows for interchangeable use of the battery with all the products in the line. This means you will have the versatility to tackle a variety of messes with just the right tool for the job, whether it’s the whole house or picking up a quick mess. These LithiumLife batteries have double the capacity of the standard 18 volt lithium ion batteries which means longer running time and fade-free power. You just charge and insert into the spot on the vaccuum and you’re good to go!
Finally, the Windtunnel 3 technology provides the performance to keep up with the worst messes – suction power to lift and remove dirt!
Think of what you like when you are away from home. A comfortable bed, clean fluffy sheets, blankets an comfortable towels! All of those items make people feel like you care.
You can fill a jar with necessities that your guests might like to have in the room (or may have forgotten). Some ideas might include hand cream, mints, an energy bar, drinks, floss, deodorant, bath gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and more. Put it on a tray with some water bottles and your guests will be impressed with your thoughtfulness.
The Small Things
Little things go a long way. Fresh flower are a really nice touch. Tip: Buy one big bouquet at a discount store or large grocery store (They often have amazing prices!) and break it up into several smaller vases. Another nice touch is to plan one meal together. No matter why your guests are traveling, it’s always nice to take care of one meal – to dine together. You can also think ahead and have your wifi information available as well as important information for television use. Keeping the kitchen stocked with a single use coffee maker, pods and jars of quick-grab snacks is a great idea, too!
How do you make your guests feel extra welcome?