This post has been sponsored by Google, however all opinions are my own.
It’s the holiday season and you may be expecting guests! While it’s fun to see family (or close friends) it can also be intimidating if you’re concerned about their comfort and convenience. Every guest will be unique with their personal preferences. However, if you follow a few broad guidelines, you can cover most of your bases for the vast majority of the guests you receive. That being said, don’t fret over the details. Enjoy the valuable time you have with your guests! Here are a few things we do in our home to make sure our guests feel at home:
1. Keep a Well-Stocked Bathroom
When you’ve been a guest at someone else’s house, what is one of the worst situations you can find? Yep, an empty toilet paper roll and no replacement in the bathroom closet! It’s embarrassing to have to ask your host for more toilet paper. So, as a host, you can give peace-of-mind to your guest by providing all the essentials (beyond just toilet paper) in an area they can access such as:
- Shaving cream
- Mildly scented body wash (Something that will work for male and female guests alike)
- Cotton balls
- Feminine products
Also, please keep a plunger in an area that can be accessed by your guests without them having to ask! That is the only thing worse than running out of toilet paper, right?!
2. Keep A Variety of Foods Stocked
Are you not an early-riser? Your guests may be! Keep a variety of breakfast foods such as muffins, fruits, and cereals in plain view and make sure they know they can help themselves. A selection of teas and coffees (both caffeinated and decaffeinated) and a selection of sweeteners are also a hallmark of a good host. Milk (cow, soy, or almond by your guest’s preference) and a selection of juices are also fantastic for providing options to your valued guests.
When we have guests, we often find ourselves up late into the night chatting around the table. For this reason, we like to keep a variety of snacks (sweet and salty) and beverages on hand. Water, sodas, wines, and sparkling juices are all great options for most guests and their specific tastes. Be sure to ask your guests if they have any food allergies before you head to the grocery store!
I also like to provide a small assortment of snacks and drinks in a basket in the guest room, that way if our guests find themselves hungry for a midnight snack after everyone else is in bed, they can help themselves.
3. Optimize The Guest Bedroom
If you have a guest bedroom, it doesn’t need to be extravagant. Really, the simpler, the better. Having open areas and uncluttered space is essential to allow your guests to unpack their items as they want. A variety of quality hangers in the closet, a dresser with empty drawers, and an area where they can lay their suitcases out to unpack will help make your guest’s stay much easier. Provide enough electrical receptacles for them to plug their devices into and a simple reading light and a clock on their night stand. If your guests usually have a young child, consider adding a crib to your guest room too, so baby will have a comfortable place to sleep. Doing these things allow them to make the room their own and adds to their comfort!
4. Make Entertainment Easily Visible
In certain situations you may have prior obligations during your guest’s visit that you couldn’t reschedule. Having books, magazines, and movies available to your guests during unoccupied times will be greatly appreciated! I try to make sure I set out a large assortment of DVDs, from Disney movies for the kids, holiday favorites, new releases, and movie classics. This way, they are certain to find at least one movie they’d enjoy watching.
Coffee table books in a variety of topics are another great way to give your guests something interesting to look at. We also keep a detailed instruction sheet for our various remotes on the coffee table. There’s nothing worse or more frustrating than not being able to figure out how to work the television.
5. Provide Easy Access To Reliable Internet Access
Your guest may be on vacation but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have responsibilities that they need to take care of. In our modern connected world, that usually means that they need reliable Wi-Fi access. If your current router doesn’t provide reliable signal to the room your guests will be staying in, now’s the time to invest in the fantastic new Google Wifi system. The Google Wifi system, if you aren’t familiar, is a home Wi-Fi system that helps provide seamless Wi-Fi coverage for homes of any shape or size. Using a single router to spread signal throughout your whole home is like expecting one light bulb to light up every room. Walls and distance make it difficult for a single router to send a strong signal to every room in your home, resulting in slow Wi-Fi and dead zones. With Google Wifi, you can place multiple Wifi “points” (they’re kinda like little pill-shaped mini routers) in different rooms for fast Wi-Fi in every corner of your home. Google refers to this full-home coverage as “mesh Wi-Fi”.
Google Wifi routers can be purchased in singles or three-packs. A three-pack is for larger homes (between 3-4,000 square feet) or homes with multiple levels (like townhouses) to assure you are getting the maximum Wi-Fi speeds no matter where you are in your home. Purchasing one or two single-packs of Google Wifi is a great option for apartments or smaller homes.
Set up was an incredible breeze. Simply plug in your first Google Wifi point into your modem. The accompanying app handles the rest of the setup as you answer a couple questions. After the first point is set up, the app will have you move on to each subsequent point and repeat the same setup steps as guided by the app. When he installed ours, my husband, Orin, had our three points set up and running in less than 15 minutes.
Once you’ve confirmed you have reliable Wi-Fi in the guest room, you can actually text your guests the Wi-Fi password strait from the Google app!
While all these things can help make your guests feel at-home, remember not to overthink it! Keeping things simple is the key to an enjoyable visit with your family or friends. At the end of the day, they are there because they want to see YOU. What other ways do you prepare your home for your guests?