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Designing Your Home for House Guests

If you have ever been a house guest, you probably know there are a few things to keep in mind when being the host.

As guests, we are grateful for your hospitality. It can make traveling feel more comfortable and help us save on traveling expenses. Keeping both in mind, there are things we can do as hosts to make the experience as good as it can be for you and your loved ones.

Here are a few tips to designing your home for your next house guest.

Location is everything. Where will your house guest keep personal items, and sleep? Before you blow up an air mattress in the middle of a room where you and your family typically spend time watching movies and talking, think about other options. There is nothing more awkward for a house guest than feeling like we are imposing on you. If you have options in your home, make sure to give your guest as much privacy as possible. Your loved one may not rise and shine at the same time as your family. And digging through a bag to find underwear next to the family sofa full of kids is not ideal, either.

Stock up on supplies. If you have never forgotten a grooming essential, you are lucky. An easy way to help make a house guest feel welcome is to raid the travel section of the drug store and gather up small soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, and other essentials. Then put them in a basket in the guest room, or on the counter in the bathroom, with a note saying: “A few little essentials to make your stay happier.” Your guest won’t feel anxious asking which shampoo to use in the shower or for that feminine product that did not make it into her bag.

Omnonomnom. Yes, food and drink are essentials for any good away-from-home experience. Ask your guest in advance if there are any food allergies or dietary preferences. If there are breakfast foods they routinely eat or if they would rather just go out to eat most every meal. Having a snacks and drinks on hand will give you more time enjoying your loved ones, and less time going on errands during their stay.

Keep connected. The question that plagues our screen-obsessed brains is: “What’s your wifi?” House guest or not, the babysitter, partygoers, and anyone staying more than a few hours will want to know. Make a little framed info sheet with the wifi information, and any other essentials like if there is a special way to flush the toilet. Those essential phone numbers, like the vet and pediatrician might make sense on their, too.

Flexible planning. Guests like a plan, because we don’t know where to eat or that there is the largest ball of red yarn in the world down the block. So put in a little effort and have a few options for your guests to get the most out of their stay in your town.