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Preparing For Visiting Houseguests

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.

Before They Arrive

Checkmark-Iconask if there are any special items they would like — food, toiletries, etc.

Xmark-Iconclean and air their room and change the sheets

Checkmark-Iconmake some space in drawers and closets for their things

Xmark-Iconshop for extra food and supplies for your guests

Checkmark-Iconclean out the car if guests will be riding in it

Xmark-Iconstraighten up the rest of the house

Checkmark-Icontell guests what to pack for your activities and the local weather

Making Them Feel At Home

Xmark-Iconput an alarm clock, radio, and phone in their room

Checkmark-Iconplace a notepad and pen or pencil by the bed

Xmark-Icongive guests their own water glass and pitcher

Checkmark-Iconprovide a good reading light, a few books, and some magazines

Xmark-Iconkeep a hair dryer and iron nearby

Checkmark-Icongive guests fresh flowers, a mini-coffee pot, mints, and other “treats”

Supplies To Have On Hand

Xmark-Iconwashcloths, bath towels, and hand towels

Checkmark-Iconclean sheets, blankets, and extra pillows

Xmark-Iconextra soap, shampoo, toothpaste, TP, etc.

Checkmark-Icona box of tissues

Xmark-Icona wastebasket

When They Arrive

Checkmark-Icongive them the tour of the house and show them the ropes

Xmark-Iconshow them where extra towels, toiletries, etc. are

Checkmark-Iconexplain any rules about pets or children and introduce your guests

Xmark-Icongive them house and car keys — and the code to the security system

Checkmark-Iconoffer local maps, brochures, tour books, etc.

Xmark-Iconshow them how to adjust heater or air conditioner

Checkmark-Iconshow them exit routes in the event of a fire and demonstrate smoke alarms

Xmark-Iconoutline mealtime plans, the schedule, and any other important info

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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

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