Preparing for holiday houseguests

During the holiday season, visitors often come and go… and sometimes they stay for a spell. Here are some tips to make sure your houseguest feels like part of the family.

Take a cue from nice hotels and place fresh flowers in the guest room and provide a basket of goodies for your guest. That might include a new toothbrush, snacks, a bottle of water and a map of the area if they're going to be sightseeing while they're visiting. A goodie basket lets your guests know that you put some time and thought into their visit.

If you don't have an extra room for guests, there are still ways you can be accommodating. Just because your guest is sleeping on the couch, don't deny them the civility of sheets. Provide them with a complete set of bedding, just as if they were sleeping in a real bed.

Teach your guests how to use the household electronics. These days, most TVs require three or more remotes to operate the entertainment system.

Your guests may need access to your computer. Consider creating a guest login to help keep your information private, as well as theirs.

Provide your guests with towels that are a different color than yours if you're sharing a bathroom and plan to reuse the linens to avoid confusion at the towel bar.

Make your guests aware of your household schedule. Even though you have company, life goes on. A good guest, and good host, should be considerate of each others' schedules. Nothing makes a guest more uncomfortable than the feeling that they're getting in the way.

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