By: Valarie Roberts
Having houseguests for a overnight is a wonderful way to catch up with friends in the relaxed atmosphere of your own home. Being organized is key to having a successful houseguest visit.
The best way to be certain that your guest room will satisfy your guest is to give it a test run by sleeping in it yourself. You'll quickly discover if the radiator pounds incessantly or a loose shutter bangs in the wind. Before the guests arrive, see that the room is aired out, that there's an empty drawer or two and that the bed has clean, fresh sheets.
A checklist for the perfect guest room is:
Few carefully chosen books
Pencil and pad of paper
Thermos or pitcher of water
Radio and/or TV
Vase with fresh flowers
Extra pillow and blankets
Bowl of fresh fruit
The guest bathroom should also be stocked with such essentials such as; towels, soaps, lotions, shampoo and conditioner, glasses, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, blow dryer, hair spray, razors, tissue, aspirin, band-aids, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, room deodorant and don't forget toothpicks are also personal hygiene and should only be used in the bathroom.
It is the host's responsibility to have activities arranged such as tennis, golf, movies, etc. Although, for some friends a quiet, restful weekend will be preferred to a more socially active one.
The next step is preparing the meals for your family and your houseguests. Houseguests are usually divided between those who like a 6 a.m. jog on a weekend and those who like to luxuriate in bed until nine o'clock or later. As the host, you should not attempt to legislate the breakfast hour for your guests but rather tell them they are welcome to fix their own breakfast whenever they get up. The night before, you can show the early risers where the dishes, glasses, flatware, coffee, cereal and other things they will need for breakfast are. It's also a good idea to prepare ahead of time some muffins or bagels to have sitting out for your guests.
Some other great tips to know before having a houseguest over are: