There’s nothing quite like having your friends and family over to stay. Having guests at your house is a chance for you to catchup, spend quality time and reminisce with those closest to you. However, there is always that pre-tidy frenzy that all of us enter before we have guests for the night, especially at short notice. Here are a few tips to make sure your house is always ready for guests, even the last-minute ones.
First impressions count, so make sure that your home is tidy before your guests arrive. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to completely blitz the house from head to toe, unless you want to. Rather, just make sure that any clutter is nicely packed away in things like cupboards, sideboards and other useful hideaways.
Stock the Fridge
It’s always a good idea to have a little bit extra of your usual essentials so you’re not caught short. Things like tea, coffee, milk and sugar should never be in short supply. This is especially true for if you have guests who drop in without a moment’s notice. If you’re hosting a dinner or a weekend, plan ahead so you’ve got all the food you need for both dinner and breakfast the next day.
Prepare the Bedroom
If you’ve got a spare room, chances are the bed will already be made. However, if you don’t have a spare room, get the sheets and covers for your sofa bed ready and waiting by the side of the sofa or in a decorative basket. This means you can easily get the bed ready in the evening without any extra hassle. A nice finishing touch is to add clean towels to the foot of the bed so your guests can wash and shower if staying the night.
If you’re really looking to push the boat out there are things you could add to your home to give an extra finishing touch. Things like scented candles in a few rooms will give your home a beautiful aroma that is especially inviting. Similarly, a bunch of fresh flowers on a kitchen table adds that homely and comforting atmosphere.
Follow these few simple steps and your guests will be blown away by your conscious effort and thoughtfulness. A lot of these tips are everyday habits you can start even if guests aren’t coming over. So, why not treat yourself to a bunch of fresh flowers next time you’re shopping!