5 Things To Do Before Entertaining Houseguests

Dated: 09/16/2019

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5 Things to Do Before Entertaining Houseguests

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Entertaining guests can be both fun and challenging. However, with a little preparation in advance, you can ensure that your guests have a good time at your place. Below, we have put together a few simple yet essential things that you can do to make things go smoothly.

1. Clean Your Bathroom

You can start preparing for guests by cleaning. Along with the living room, entryway and kitchen, focus on your bathroom as well. It should be clean, odor-free, and offer a relaxing feel. For added comfort, you may keep a basket with toiletries, razors, shower cap, etc. 

Make sure the mirror, sink, and tub are clean and tidy. Also, check on the condition of the toilet before your guests use it. Scrub it and wipe it down gently.

If your hand towel has been hanging for more than a day, replace it with a fresh one.

2. Empty Trash

A smelly trash can full of food scrapings and whatever else can alter your guest’s mood. Take out the trash and put a new bag in before your guests arrive. If possible, clean out the inside of your trash can with soapy water and dry it using paper towels or a microfiber cloth. You may also choose to spray the can with a disinfectant that destroys bacteria, germs, and microorganisms.

Cleaning trash seems like a small thing, but it makes a huge difference.

3. Get Your Guest Room Ready

Assuming your guests are staying over, make sure the guest room is ready. You can start with decluttering and making space in wardrobes or closets for a guest’s belongings and suitcases. Put extra hangers if possible. Also, use fresh bed linen for the bed. For an added touch, lay their towels and toiletries on the bed. 

4. Plan the Entertainment

You can start by deciding the types of foods you will serve to your guests. For instance, determine if you want to serve snacks or a full meal. Try to keep snacks and meals simple. Along with food, don’t forget to determine the beverages you will serve.

If you’re hosting a party, you can plan for music, too. Create a playlist for your party or event.   

5. Special Touches To Make Guests Feel Welcome

Welcoming guests into your home can be made an enjoyable and thoughtful gesture. If your guests are visiting your city for the first time, you can put the city map and amenity guides in the guest room if they want to go sightseeing. Maybe you provide them with toiletries like bath soap, shampoo, and a toothbrush. 

Also, depending on how large your home is, you can plan activities to engage your guests. These small gestures will please your guests and make this trip one to remember. 

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Dakota A. Riley

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