Since my daughter was born 12 weeks ago we’ve had a lot of out of town guests. Luckily it’s all been family coming to help us and to meet our daughter so everyone has been very understanding that the house hasn’t been as clean as normal and while no one has gone hungry the meals have been thrown together. But I have tried to make everyone feel welcome. Here are some tasks you can do ahead of time to help guests feel welcome (even if you have a newborn)…
It’s easy to quickly clean a guest room; after all it is a space that is infrequently used. But don’t clean too quickly you might miss areas. Wipe down the baseboards and window sills with a moist rag to capture all the dust. You may not notice your baseboards are lined in dust but your guest will when they set down their luggage or go searching for a free outlet to charge their cell phone.
A dark house can be scary (and dangerous) so add a night light in the hall or guest bathroom so your guest can find their way if they need to use the restroom in the middle of the night.
Final touches to the nightstand will help your guests feel at home. Be sure to have a clock (with an alarm), box of tissues and a coaster for a glass of water. Adding these extra touches will eliminate your guest feeling like a bother when they have to ask you for all the extras.
Set out towels in the bathroom or guest room so they know which ones are for them. If they are staying more than a couple days, refresh their towels by doing a quick load of laundry.
We love having guests…in fact, our next set of visitors come Friday!