Here are some easy tips you can use this summer to ensure that your house guests' visit leaves them — and you — with wonderful memories.
Make Them Feel Welcome the Moment They Walk in the DoorYour guests may be thirsty, hungry, tired or even a bit cranky when they arrive, especially if they have traveled a long distance. Be prepared and have a pot of tea and an assortment of fresh fruit juices on the kitchen counter when your guests come in, suggests hospitality expert and party planner Colin Cowie. The drinks will be refreshing, while the pleasant surprise and show of hospitality will revitalize their spirits after the stresses of the road.
Add a Little Luxury
The Gift of SleepA well-rested guest is a happy guest. If your guest room contains an old, saggy mattress, consider shopping the high-quality selection of macys.com mattresses that will be much more comfortable. Not only will your guests be in a better mood after getting a good night's sleep, but you'll be happier too waking up with such cheerful people in your kitchen.
Everyone Loves PrivacyYour guests are in your house, but let them feel as if they have some territory to themselves. Refinery29.com says that no matter how big your guest space -- whether it's a huge guest suite or just a couch in the corner of the living room -- let them take care of it themselves. Don't clean up after them, and don't nag them about keeping the area neat.
Let Them Know What You ExpectHere's a great idea from Cowie: Leave a note by your guests' bedside explaining the routines of your household and any rules you'd like them to follow, such as whether they should answer your phone when you're out or if there is any special place they should park their cars. Your guests want to be good guests as much as you want to be a good host, and a friendly list of rules can help them feel more secure in their role, as well as go a long way to prevent unfortunate misunderstandings.
Take Time for YourselfTogetherness is wonderful, except when it gets to be too much. Be sure to take some "me" time away from your guests to recharge your energy and enthusiasm.
Cherish Your GuestsIf you start to feel exasperated with your guests, stop and remember why you invited them in the first place. Your friends and family aren't perfect, but always keep in mind how much they add to your life.
About the Author Tiffany Gonzales: Tiffany and her husband flip houses for a living. She enjoys writing about home improvement tips from the lessons they learn.