You've invited guests to stay at your home, and now you are wondering what you can do to make them feel more welcome. With the following 17 tips, it will be easy for you to set up a warm and inviting environment for them.
Read on below to find out how.
Clutter can be a huge distraction, especially if you have guests staying at your home. If you are worried about what to do with the clutter, consider taking some time before they arrive and decluttering all of the spaces in your house as well as any rooms that don't get used very often.
If you have any dirty clothes laying around, they should be in the hamper and not on top of your dresser or floor. Guests will notice these things when they walk into your room or house, so make sure that everything is neat and tidy for them.
If you have clean clothes in your house ready to be put away, make sure that they are hung up properly and put away. You want to be able to offer guests a comfortable place to stay so if there's laundry ready to put away - just get it done.
If you have any trash, make sure to take it out. Trash can get quite smelly, so you want to make sure that it's out of sight, so guests don't have the chance to smell anything bad.
A clean of your home can have a huge impact on how welcoming it feels. Consider taking some time to run the vacuum through all of your carpets and wipe down as many surfaces in your home as you can before your guests arrive.
It's important to clean up surfaces too - wipe down counters, tables and other furniture as well as clear away unnecessary items from living spaces like kitchens, dining rooms and hallways. That way when they come in, they'll feel welcome rather than stressed out about where to put their bags or what not to touch.
Fresh bed linen can make a big difference in how welcoming your home feels. Even if you are not able to change the sheets, consider adding some fresh blankets or towels to give it that extra touch of home-comfort.
It’s also worth having some spare linen available should a guest spill something or have an accident. Not only does this help to avoid any embarrassment, but it can also prevent accidents from happening in the first place.
The bathroom can be a make-or-break area for your guests. This is one of the first rooms they will see when they arrive (especially after a long journey), so it's important to have everything stocked up in there before their arrival.
That means plenty of toilet paper, hand towels as well as fresh soap available.
If your guests are staying for a while, you may want to have some towels hanging up in the bathroom or bedroom. This way they don't need to bring their own and can use them throughout their stay.
Your house will feel fresher and more welcoming if you give it a good airing before your guests arrive. It doesn't take long, just open windows and doors all around the house so any stale air can escape for an hour or two.
If you have any pets or smokers living in your house, it's a good idea to invest in an air purifier. These will remove unpleasant odours that could be lingering from their fur and paws, as well as smoke particles floating around the home.
It's important to set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature for your guests, and not too hot or cold. Maybe they're coming from a different climate or don't feel well so you need to make it as easy on them as possible.
Being able to navigate your house at night is important, so make sure all the lights work. It's also a good idea to replace any burned out bulbs and clean up any light fixtures or lamps that need dusting.
It's not always easy for guests to find their way around in the dark, but it can be made easier if you have clear paths from room to room with adequate lighting. You should also ensure there are no obstacles on floors like shoes or toys in order avoid accidents.
It will be kind of difficult to get into the grocery store at a moment's notice, so it can't hurt to have a few simple things available for your guests. Breads and cereals are always good choices since they're easy to grab on-the-go foods that you might not mind sharing with others.
Stock up on perishables like milk or fresh fruit as well because with more people in the house than usual, they will get consumed much quicker - think about what people normally eat when visiting other houses and don't buy anything too weird if possible.
If guests are staying in your home, they will need some space for their belongings. Make sure they have a place to store their clothes and any toiletries that are specific for them.
It might also be helpful to ask if there is anything else they need in advance, so you can make it happen before the guest arrives - maybe offer an extra toothbrush or blanket just in case?
Be thoughtful but don't go overboard with this step because sometimes they will worry about making things too difficult for you.
While you're making space, ensure that any electrical cords are out of the way and not a trip hazard. You don't want the person to be hurting themselves while they're visiting.
Take a quick walkthrough of your home and remove any clutter that might seem like an obstacle for people who are staying there, whether it's too many pillows on the couch or piles of clothes in the bedroom closet - you name it.
There may be things that you don't want your guests to see. Put them away maybe in a cupboard where they won't check.
If you're having a dinner party and your guests will be sitting at the table, make sure there are enough chairs for everyone. If not, borrow some from friends, family or neighbours to accommodate them.
You don't need to make this a lavish bouquet, just enough flowers for the table or in an empty vase.
If you're not much of a flower person, try adding some scented candles! They will fill your home with a nice aroma that is inviting and comforting too!
Try placing them on top of bookshelves, tables etc. where they'll be visible when guest arrive, but not so close as to risk being burned.
It might not seem like much but if you can do these simple things then there is no reason why guest shouldn't feel completely at ease staying with you.
If you are concerned about not having enough time to get ready for them, then try setting aside some time during the week ahead of their arrival where you can do this with ease.
Try not to be a slob in your own home because then people will stay away from coming over or visiting all together - perfect way for them to avoid this embarrassing situation altogether. Take pride in yourself by making sure everything looks good at all times.
I hope this article has given some ideas of how we can all become more welcoming hosts when our friends or family come over.