Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means the start of the holiday season. The holidays are a great opportunity to catch up with family, but they can also mean stress and lots of frantic last-minute scrambling to get your home ready for overnight guests.

You probably have the guest bedroom ready, but what about the kitchen and the bathroom? Your guests will be using those rooms, too. Use this list as a guide to make sure those rooms are set up to make your company feel comfortable in your home.

Stock the Bathroom

Many people who travel bring their own toiletries with them, but there’s always something that gets left behind. Save your guests a trip to the store or that awkward conversation about borrowing a toothbrush by having some essentials out and ready to go.

A well-stocked guest bathroom should include:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Feminine products
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream

If the guest bathroom is shared with others, make sure their toiletries are cleared out of the way so your guests have room for their own. You should also have fresh towels and washcloths ready for your guests. Leave these on the guest bed so there’s no confusion about whose towel is whose in the bathroom.

In the Kitchen

When it comes to the kitchen, guests are unlikely to arrive with their own food and drinks because they don’t want to offend you as a host. However, everyone has their own things that they prefer to eat or drink — and that they might appreciate having around during their stay for a little reminder of home.

Reach out to your guests a few days before they arrive to ask if there’s anything you can have on hand for them. Or, if you’ve been to their home, think about what you’ve seen them eat and drink. Don’t overdo it, though. Remember that you holiday company will likely only be around for a few days and you don’t want to end up with extra food that you won’t eat.

Once your guests arrive, show them where everything is in the fridge and the pantry, and where to find plates, glasses, and utensils. Let them know your preference for washing dishes (by hand, dishwasher, etc) so they can pitch in and feel like they are being good guests.

The Bottom Line

Whether it’s the kitchen, the bathroom, or any other room in your house, the best thing you can do to make your guests feel comfortable is communicate clearly with them. Set the ground rules ahead of time so there’s no confusion or disagreement during the stay.

When you are proactive about communicating, it opens up a line of conversation and encourages your guests to do the same if they need something or if something isn’t working out. You can quickly resolve the issue and get back to enjoy the rest of your holiday.