How To: Prepare for a house guest

How To: Prepare for a house guest

Aug 12, 2008

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a house guest visiting from overseas, and while we excitedly make lists of fun things to do and places to eat, there are a few niggly house guest/host etiquette questions running through our mind. So we've started a checklist in preparation for 'host' duties.

Our guest will be sharing our one bedroom apartment with us for 2 weeks. We've opted to sleep in the lounge and give the guest our bedroom – we feel better as we won't have to tip toe around anyone in the mornings/evenings, and our guest will have some privacy.

We've been wondering, would you ask a guest to help with the dishes if they don't offer, or just grin and bear it? Ditto for contributing to shared cooked meals? This obviously applies more to a guest staying longer than a few nights.

Checklist so far:

  • Clean: bathroom & the guest's room especially important
  • General de-cluttering
  • Cut a spare key for guest
  • Provide fresh towel & face washer
  • Clear drawers so they can store clothes
  • Give guest a house tour, pointing out where common things are stored: bowls, cups, breakfast cereal.
  • If you're sharing cooked meals, invite your guest food shopping with you – easier to navigate different food requirements.
  • Print out a map of your local area with your place clearly marked. Give guest a note with your address & contact numbers in case they get lost.

Any other suggestions?

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