“House Guest” Just the word can evoke stress in the calmest of people. This is how I prepare for guests in my home.
Chances are if this person is going to be staying in your house, you know a few things about them. If not, it is ok to ask questions. I like to go to the grocery store first and make sure I have plenty of their favorite drinks and snacks in the house before they arrive.
Not only does this make them feel more at home, it will take some of the pressure off of you as the host. I know I certainly don’t want to be getting up and down to get them something to eat or drink constantly.
When my guest arrives, I will do a little walkthrough of what I have to offer them in the eating and drinking categories. This also breaks the ice when they first arrive, making them feel like they can just get something if they want it and don’t have to ask for “permission” to have a fresh drink.
Showing them what you bought for them also makes them feel that you care about them and eases any potential feelings of them being a burden on you.
The next important piece is getting the room ready. I always wash the bed linens and use a scent booster in the load. Make sure you dust and sweep the floors. My guest room doesn’t get as much use as I would like so it tends to get overlooked when I do my normal housework. I will put a small trash bin and even a basket for their laundry. Again the more at home they feel the less stress there will be on both of you.
Meal planning is step three for me. Depending on how long your guest will be with you, it can become quite expensive to eat out all of the time.
Try to remember, they may be staying with you to “save money” not spend a bunch at restaurants. Now don’t get me wrong, taking your guest to one or two of your favorite places so they can try the menu is great. Just don’t expect to not cook while they are there. With this, if you don’t know, ask.
You can plan an entire menu by just asking what their favorites are and if they would like anything special while at you home.
Activities are something else altogether. When planning this, think about the weather in the area for those days.
Find out if there is anything specific that they would like to do, they may plan the whole thing for you if they have enough on their list. If they are up for anything you suggest, you still need to consider your guest.
Would walking around all day cause them discomfort in any way? Would they find the local museums interesting? Also, consider if they would find the activity fun. You wouldn’t ask your grandparents to attend a rock concert (maybe you would)?
Keeping these things in mind can make having a guest super fun and enjoyable for everyone involved.