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On Being a Great Houseguest and Having One Too!

On Being a Great Houseguest and Having One Too!

Contributed by Billy Kornfeld, Owner of Camelot Moving and Storage

how-to-be-a-great-houseguest-and-hostNovember and December are months full of time-off from work and school, and you know what that means: it is the season for visiting family and friends! With the comings and goings of this busy season, it is likely that you will be a host and/or a guest at some point during the next few months. So with that in mind, I couldn’t help but share some of my opinions from my personal experiences on how to be the host everyone raves about and the houseguest everyone wants to have back.

 

Be the Host Everyone Raves About

1. Make your guest room inviting.

Skip the chocolate on the pillow and think comfort and space. Remember that comfortable pillows and layered blankets on a bed, giving your guest some control over the temperature, go a long way in making a guest room inviting.

2. Closet and drawer space.

Just because they brought a suitcase doesn’t mean they want to live out of it. A dresser or some closet space can be a nice treat for a guest.
3. Make your home and technology user-friendly.

how-to-be-a-great-houseguest-and-hostThe nuances of your heating or air conditioning, burglar-alarm systems, cable, Wi-Fi, or stereo systems can be overwhelming. Provide them with a handy guide to using your keypads and remote controls by writing down instructions in a handy notepad for your guests.
4. Bulk up on bathroom supplies and toiletries and leave them in clear view.

Don’t make your guests hunt for toilet paper, toothbrushes, soap, or towels. You don’t want a soaking wet guest yelling to you from the hallway, or worse yet, finding themselves stranded on the throne with no toilet paper in sight! Honestly, one of our elder guests, thinking ahead, still wandered out into the hallway to politely ask for toilet paper. However, his attire was…well, more slight than I had ever before encountered him in.

5. Provide a variety of easily accessible snacks.

Everyone is on a special diet these days, and while you don’t have to be a short order cook, it’s nice of you to consider your guests’ food preferences. Show guests where to find snacks, drinking glasses, and utensils, and encourage them to help themselves.

Make it easy on yourself too by providing some fruit, crackers, cheese, and various nuts. That covers almost everyone’s snacking needs.

 

Be the Guest Everyone Wants Back


1. Converse and Share

Having been a host I can say that I really appreciate it when a guest is gracious and conversational, showing interest in their hosts. After all, if the host didn’t want to be bothered with you they would never have opened their home to you. So a measure of conversation and genuine social interaction is appropriate. If you are from a different country or culture than your host, they might love for you to take them on a mini vacation by describing the foods, music, and architecture of your homeland. Something as simple as the corner grocery store, the local tavern, or even the streets (think cobblestones) can be some very interesting differences from one part of the world to another.

2. Say Thank you

how-to-be-a-great-houseguest-and-hostBe appreciative from the start. Say it first and say it last. Let them know you appreciate them opening up their home to you.

3. Clean Up after Yourself

Make it easy on your hosts and be fastidious about cleaning up after yourselves. This is basic and goes a long way. The absence of your clutter in the bathroom or guest bedroom can make it look like you are not even there.

4. Help with the Chores

Offer to help with something around the house. Take out the trash; do the dishes; or pick up some wine, dessert, or flowers. On one occasion, I came

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Guest Of The Year

home from work to find one house guest atop my ladder cleaning the leaves and debris out of our rain gutter.  Certainly that is beyond the call of duty. On another occasion we decided to host a party for our guests to meet our friends and neighbors. We thought they would go out sight-seeing while we would spend the day getting the house ready. They surprised us and stayed home, cleaning and cooking—seriously awesome! Small things go a long way. (You need not clean rain gutters!)

So in conclusion, as a guest or a host this holiday season aim to make it a memorable experience that everyone will want to repeat. As they say in show biz: leave them wanting more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2 Comments

  1. Posted November 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    In short if you are the host, try to make you house like a hotel that has complete amenities so that your guests will be comfortable. When being the guest, try to observe the proper etiquette for th hosts to like you. Remember that first impressions last so try to make it a good one.

  2. Camelot Movers
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi Orlando,
    Thanks for commenting on our blog post and we agree “first impressions are the last.” Take care!

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