As a homemaker, it's easy to get caught up in the routine of cleaning and organizing the same areas of our homes on a daily or weekly basis. We often forget that there are spaces in our homes that we don't use as frequently, or simply don't have. However, just because we don't have a specific guest room, that doesn't mean we can't make our homes warm and welcoming to visitors. In this blog post, we'll be discussing how to create a space to be inviting towards houseguests.
Firstly, we need to consider where our guests will be staying when they visit. Do you have a separate room for guests or will they be sleeping on an air mattress or couch? Regardless of where they will be sleeping, you want to make sure that the sleeping area is clean, comfortable, and equipped with everything they might need. If you have a guestroom, make sure the bedding is clean, the windows are washed, the furniture is dusted, and any missed cleaning tasks from earlier in the month (such as light fixtures, walls, and doors) are taken care of. If your guests will be sleeping on an air mattress or couch, make sure those areas are clean, and provide extra pillows, blankets, and perhaps even a sleeping mask or earplugs to ensure their comfort.
Next on the list is the bathroom that your guests will be using. Clean this space, stock it with fresh towels, toiletries, and anything else your guests may need. If you don't have a designated guest bathroom, no worries, just make sure the bathroom your guests use is cleaned before they arrive, and provide a basket of toiletries that they can use during their stay. Now that the sleeping space and bathroom are taken care of, let's talk about the communal areas. These are the spaces where you and your guests will spend time together. Create a welcoming feel by lighting candles or diffusing essential oils, and make sure comfortable seating is available. Stock up on snacks that your guests may enjoy, and have some board games or decks of cards available for entertainment. You want your guests to feel at home and not have to ask for the things they need to feel comfortable.
Lastly, make sure to communicate with your guests before their arrival. Let them know where they will be sleeping, what amenities are provided, and any house rules they should be aware of. This will make things easier for both you and them during their stay.
Creating a space to be inviting to houseguests is an important part of being a great host. While not everyone has a dedicated guestroom, there are still things that can be done to make guests feel at home. By creating a comfortable sleeping space, stocking up on necessary toiletries, providing entertainment and snacks, and communicating well with your guests, you'll be able to give them a memorable and comfortable experience in your home. Remember, it's the little things that will make a big difference. Happy hosting!