Welcoming visitors into your home should be a joyous occasion — not a burden or a stress. Preparing before their arrival is the key to an enjoyable visit — creating a comfortable environment, making sure you have extra supplies on hand, and helping your guests understand the rules of the house.
ask if there are any special items they would like — food, toiletries, etc.
clean and air their room and change the sheets
make some space in drawers and closets for their things
shop for extra food and supplies for your guests
clean out the car if guests will be riding in it
straighten up the rest of the house
tell guests what to pack for your activities and the local weather
put an alarm clock, radio, and phone in their room
place a notepad and pen or pencil by the bed
give guests their own water glass and pitcher
provide a good reading light, a few books, and some magazines
keep a hair dryer and iron nearby
give guests fresh flowers, a mini-coffee pot, mints, and other “treats”
washcloths, bath towels, and hand towels
clean sheets, blankets, and extra pillows
extra soap, shampoo, toothpaste, TP, etc.
a box of tissues
give them the tour of the house and show them the ropes
show them where extra towels, toiletries, etc. are
explain any rules about pets or children and introduce your guests
give them house and car keys — and the code to the security system
offer local maps, brochures, tour books, etc.
show them how to adjust heater or air conditioner
show them exit routes in the event of a fire and demonstrate smoke alarms
outline mealtime plans, the schedule, and any other important infoClick here for reuse options!
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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.
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