During Christmas, it’s not uncommon to have a few extra house guests staying in your home. This can be a joy, but won’t feel like it if you aren’t prepared.
Having friends and family stay over can be an exciting time for the entire family, but it also means that you will be catering to one or two more people than usual. This means more loads of dishes to wash, spending more on your grocery bills, and needing to give that spare room a clean.
Whether your guests are family or friends, whether they are staying in for a week or a month, we’ve got some tips on helping them make the most of their stay, and helping you stay sane.
1. Prepare The Kids
Having a guest stay over can mean extra excitement for the kids, but they may be unsure of what to expect. It’s likely they’ll be jumping off the walls for the first couple of days with the extra attention. But, they can also be shy or upset about sharing their space, especially if the guest is bunking in their room or toy area. The easiest way to deal with this is to approach the issues head on. Talk to them about the visitor, and about what is going on before the guest arrives. When they’re there, try and keep their routine as much the same as possible, and allow them some leeway as they adjust.
2. Get Your Guest Spaces Ready
Not everyone has a spare room available for their house guests, but wherever you happen to be putting them up it does help if they have some kind of personal space and privacy. If you can shuffle your house around to provide this, you’re likely to have less issues over the holidays. For example, having a place for them to put their things, even if they’re only staying over the weekend, can really improve their moods. The same can be said for a good clean of the space, particularly if it’s an unused spare room most of the time.
3. Offer the Essentials
Apart from a bed what would make your guests’ stay more comfortable? A bedside lamp as well as an alarm clock are two necessities that are often overlooked when thinking about stocking the guest room. Younger guests will have a phone to get them out of bed, but older in-laws of grandparents will likely appreciate the clock. It’s also a good idea to offer your guests their own towel and washcloth so they feel a little more comfortable in your home.