With the holiday season almost in full tilt, it’s time to prep for the expected and unexpected houseguests. Instead of being caught off guard and scrambling around at the last minute, let’s do a little prep. For those of you with a extra bedroom, you will want to use the nightstand as house guest central If you are in an apartment or don’t have a extra room to spare grab a few rubbermaid containers or fancy boxes.
Theirs - Label the drawers/rubbermaid containers with guest, so they know that they can help themselves.
Stock Up - Target has a fantastic minis aisle. It’s filled with travel sizes of anything your guest could possibly need. Pick up a few of everything. You might even find a few items to add to your makeup bag.
Organized - Use drawer organizers to keep things from turning into a big messy pile.
Wash Up - Store washcloths and hand towels in the drawer/rubbermaid container. Try to use different colors if you have multiple guests. It will prevent mixups and help you keep track of everything.
Entertainment - Grab your old iPods and load them up with holiday music and movies. This will keep your guests entertained. Don’t forget to disinfect the earbuds for your guest.
Mini Bar - Make your own gift basket/mini bar. Fill a basket with chocolates, mixed nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, chips, napkins and water bottles. This will cut down on your guest wandering your house when they need a late night snack. Don’t forget a carafe and glass so your guests will have something to sip out of.
Space Saver - Over the door towel racks and hooks will make it easy for guests to hang up their clothes and keep their towel from hitting the floor.
Tips & Tricks - Every house has it’s tricks and every household has it’s rules and routines. If the bathroom water comes out piping hot, you have to jiggle the handle on the toilet, Fido can’t be fed after a certain hour, let your guest know with little post it notes or a print out. The last thing you or your guest want is to have to constantly ask for help doing the simplest of things.
Family Pet - If you’ve got a pet that takes a while to warm up to guests. Leave them a few pet treats, so they can travel safely throughout your home. A milkbone can do wonders on Fido’s attitude.
Stay Away - If there are things that you don’t want your guest to eat or use, label them or keep them in your room. People tend not to go for things that are labeled and if it’s in your room they won’t even know you have it.
Product Tester - Make the bed. If you are using an inflatable mattress give it a test inflate just to make sure it doesn’t have any holes in it.
House Keys - If your company is coming late at night or while you are out, leave the lights on and let them know where you keep the spare key. If you are around when they arrive just hand the key over.
Phone Home - If you still have to work and can’t be with your guest during the day, leave them a phone list of where you can be reached in case of emergency.
Power - Check the outlets in the room they will be staying in just to make sure everything is working. this is especially important if they are staying in a room that you rarely use.
Extras - Make sure you have extra pillows and blankets on hand for you guest. They may get cold in the middle of the night and need a little extra to keep them warm.
Pop Some Bubbly - Traveling can really take a lot out of you. From the long lines, the uncomfortable seats, and all that cabin pressure, your guest may be wound pretty tight when they arrive to your house. Before you give them the run down of your house, celebrate their safe arrival, pop some bubbly and have a little snack on hand. Think of it as a mini welcome party. Popcorn is my go to snack, since everyone I know loves popcorn. Instead of going with the basic kernels and butter, I like to sweeten the deal with white chocolate and sprinkles. Nothing says festive like sprinkles. Holiday Popcorn is super simple to make plus, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry. So, you can use this for unexpected guests as well.