Prepping for a Last-Minute Houseguest

Do you rent out a room in your home on places like Airbnb or HomeAway? Or are you under any circumstances likely to acquire a last-minute houseguest? If so you’ve come to the right place. Maid Sailors has come up with some of the best tips and tricks for keeping your home clean and organized all while being the hostess with the mostest. 

The Food

No matter how your guest comes, whether they are family, friends, or customers you’ll need to consider their food preferences. Maybe one of them is a vegetarian, or allergic to fish or dairy products. Be sure to include a variety of menu options and keep your pantry and refrigerator appropriately stocked. You should always have a case of water on hand as well.

Pro Tip: Having some dessert options available is always a nice treat. Whether you buy them at the store or make them in your own kitchen, packaging up a box of cookies and leaving them on the bed is a sure-fire way to make sure your houseguest never forget you. I mean, who doesn’t love cookies? 

The Essentials

Adding a few niceties in your spare bedroom will be as inviting to your guest as a five-star hotel room. Consider setting out some essentials such as towels and an alarm clock. If you want to provide a little extra luxury you can set out bottles of water, foil-wrapped chocolates, and a few cut blooms in a vase.

It’s the little things that truly matter. In order to make sure you’re really prepared for your last-minute houseguest to consider adding a few necessities to your guest bedroom that will be there when you need them. Have a julep cup on the nightstand of your guest bedroom ready to fill with ice for when your guest arrives. So then place a few cups in the room along with a few bottles of water. Keep a couple of notepads and pens in the drawer in case they need it. And lastly, bulk up on the bathroom supplies like toilet paper. You want to make sure your guest bathroom is always stocked that way they’ll never have to ask for more.

Pro Tip: Keep several sets of guest towels together, bound together with twill or ribbon in the linen closet. And when your last-minute visitors arrive, just transfer a stack from linen closet to guest bedroom piled neatly on the bed.

The Entertainment

Although you might not have a television in your room,  you might want to consider having one in your guest room. If you do already have a television in your room then you’re probably a technology lover and your home is probably filled with technology. In this case, think about creating a DIY manual for your guest to use. This will serve as a hand guide to help them understand how to use devices like a firestick or an echo-device.

The Cleanup

Taking into account some of the tips and tricks we shared, the more prepared you are for your guest the easier it will be to clean up after them. Keeping a cleaning basket stored somewhere in the room will help the process run more smoothly too. In this basket, you’ll keep supplies such as rubber gloves, disinfectant spray, bathroom cleaner, microfiber cloths, and dusting spray. Throw any towels and linens into the washer immediately after your guest departs and get to cleaning. Make sure you clean your fish tank (if you have one) so you make a good impression!

If you plan on having houseguest often it’s a good idea to schedule a deep cleaning once a month to ensure you have a clean space for your guest. Otherwise, a routine cleaning with your supplies after each guest should do the trick. 

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