One of the things that we really enjoy is having guests stay in our home. Over the years, I've learned a few things that have helped our guests have an enjoyable stay. I thought I would share a few things with you.
Keep Supplies Ready
Most of the time guests bring their own needs during their stay, but sometimes things are forgotten. Over time I've gathered a few samples of toiletries and store them in an easy to reach place so that if someone says, "I forgot my toothpaste!" I have something on hand. Also, making sure that all of your towels are washed beforehand helps just in case more are needed.
Have An Open Heart
Everyone has their own way of doing things in their own home. When guests come to visit those differences may show up. Sometimes it can feel like everyone is taking over the house! I am naturally an introvert so sometimes I just need a little space. What I've done to make sure that everyone is having a good time, as well as myself, is to remember why I have everyone in our home. Being together is more important, even the chaos, if it happens. Be open to the experience and see what new perspectives you can discover!
Figure Out Needs Over Time
One thing that you can do is find out from your guests how their stay could have been more comfortable. Sometimes they might not want to share any discomfort, but by asking those you know will give an honest answer you can learn a lot! Everyone has different levels of comfort, so finding out what other people like gives you ideas of what to prepare for in the future. Maybe some people like it warmer when they sleep. Keeping extra blankets around helps. Others might like it pitch black when they sleep, while others like a little night light.
What it all really comes down to is just relaxing! You can work like crazy to make sure that your home is clean and presentable, but at the end of the day, the fact that you welcome others into your home is enough. Even inviting someone over for dinner when all you have is spaghetti and a jar of sauce is enough, when they might be lonely otherwise. The company is what makes things really count in the end. Appearances mean little really.
I learn new things everyday about how to make things easier and better for our guests. I certainly don't have all the answers or supplies. I've also had to eat my own words at times, especially when it comes to making everything perfect. I've had to let that go dozens of times. Ha! If you have other suggestions or questions definitely share in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you!