Tips for welcoming houseguests

February 10th, 2010 | By Amanda Thomas

It’s that time of year again. Our friends and family who have been dealing for months with the snow and cold of the Midwest are starting to call. And even though Phoenix is known for its amazing resorts and hotels, when they ask, “Can we stay with you?” we always say, “Of course!”

While I was searching for ideas to make our houseguests feel more at home, I stumbled upon this checklist from Martha Stewart. It is simple, to the point, and offers practical ideas that I sometimes forget (ie – clear out closet and drawer space) because I spent too much time on frivolous tasks (ie – finding the right color paper grass to line the bottom of the mega-basket of toiletries).

Here are the tips from the home guru herself:

Help your guests feel at home

□ Allot adequate closet and drawer space and provide hangers.

 □ Fully stock your refrigerator and pantry, and take into account any special food requirements.

 □ Have a full-length mirror in the bedroom.

 □ Have a working alarm clock in the bedroom.

 □ Invest in a few small touches in the room, such as bottled water, chocolates, or fresh flowers.

 □ Provide a sitting area with a pillow and throw, an adjacent table, and a good adjustable-brightness lamp in the room your guests will be staying in.

 □ Provide extra blankets for temperature control in the bedroom.

 □ Provide reading material, including several magazines and a daily newspaper.

 □ Stock enough towels, washcloths and hand towels for all guests.

 □ Stock up on toilet paper and other necessities and make sure they know where to locate extras.

Thank you Martha Stewart for again being the voice of reason. While I will probably still have my jumbo basket of body wash available to my guests, I will first make sure they have blankets, food, and towels.  🙂