Essential Steps to Prepare for House Guests


By Rosalind Sabari - Creative at Cheriez Properties

Preparing for house guests this Christmas holiday? Hosting family or friends in your home is one of the joys of this season, but you won’t want to miss these quick and easy tips to save you time preparing your guest room for visitors, especially the unannounced ones! (Africans will surely understand this)

Like many people, we don’t live near much of our family, so the holidays always involve out-of-town visitors. If you happen to have some kids, that can make preparing for houseguests to be a little bit more complicated. You’ll often find yourself forcing your kids to give up their room for guests or to bunk with other siblings. The trick is to move the kids early. If you expect guests a week later, make the changes in advance, not when the guests actually arrive! Don’t subject yourself to the embarrassment of your guest opening the closet and finding your kid’s underwear dangling. Here are some extra tips to ensure everything is smooth sailing.

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FIND SPACE FOR A SUITCASE
It can be a fold out rack, a shelf, or a kid’s craft table pushed into the corner. Whatever it is, make sure there’s a spot for your visitor’s bag.

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CHECK BASIC TOILETRIES
Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. Keep them on hand and accessible. Or your upcountry guests will get creative, lol 😝

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ENSURE ELECTRIC PLUGS ARE ACCESSIBLE
These days, everyone needs a spot for device charging, and you want your guests to feel at ease. Having all the outlets hidden behind furniture is not going to help them feel like they have everything they need! They might not be beautiful, but be sure to have a power strip or extension cord by the nightstand and/or dresser to make plus easily accessible.

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SHARE YOUR WI-FI PASSWORD
Nothing says, “Make yourself at home!” quite like access to the wifi. Just make sure you don’t use a common password across all platforms or you might just give away the password to your Gmail account!

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ADD SOMETHING FESTIVE
It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but some jingle bells here, a set of canaries there, a pumpkin candle, or some fresh flowers can go a long way towards helping a space feel appropriately celebratory for whatever occasion has brought your guests to your home. (We highly recommend a Christmas tree)

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LAYER WITH BLANKETS
Once those unwrinkled sheets are dry, layer the bed with extra blankets. I recommend you use at least one lightweight and one heavyweight blanket in addition to the bedspread. It leaves your guests with options and it shows off your organizational skills!

 

With that, you are good to go! Your guests are likely to leave your house with nothing but praise and many thanks. You’ll be the sister in law or aunt that everybody wants to chill with ;) Thank you for reading our weekly blog, do check in again next week for more amazing content, God bless! ❤️