We’ve all dealt with last minute guests at some point in our lives. While it is great to see a friendly face drop in to spend a few days, entertaining them can be tricky. If you frequently experience last minute guests or just want to be prepared when the day comes, here is a quick guide on how to accommodate guests on short notice.
Nobody wants to introduce a last minute guest to a dirty house. If you have the time, do a quick walk-through of the house and tidy things up. Put items where they are supposed to go and avoid cramming things into closets (your guests might use these for storage). Do a deeper clean in areas where your guest will frequent most, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and living room. Dust all pieces of furniture and vacuum the floors to make things look presentable.
If last minute guests become a normal occurrence, you might consider buying a bin where you can quickly put things in on short notice. You can also use a spare bedroom as a quick dump and keep it closed off when guests are around.
Stock up on Supplies
You should always keep certain items stocked for whenever you get an unexpected guest. This includes coffee and tea (creamer and sugar as well). You should also be well stocked on toiletries and have enough food on hand for the first night of hosting. You can always go shopping the next day for more supplies. For food, frozen pizzas and appetizers are great because you can store them and forget about them until a guest arrives. It is also a good idea to have some sort of breakfast food on hand for the following morning. That should hold your guests over until you can make a proper run to the store.
Where to Keep Your Guest
Finding room for an unexpected guest can be challenging, especially if you already have a full house. The first step is finding them somewhere to sleep. This could be on the sofa in your living room, the bed in a spare bedroom, or an old fold-out mattress. Once you get the sleeping arrangements figured out, you need to find a place to store their luggage. If you are short on closet space, you can always stick their belongings behind couches or in a spare room.
The best way to entertain a last minute guest is to get them out of the house. Before they arrive, check online and see what kind of events are happening in your area. Some good options include taking a tour of your city’s historic district, going out to eat, or visiting a local hotspot. Consult with your guest before you decide on doing anything to make sure they are on board with the idea.
Make a Welcome Basket
If you have a little extra time, greeting your last minute guest with a pre-made welcome basket will make their stay all the more enjoyable. You can stuff the package with basic toiletries, like soap and shampoo, slippers, and some sweet snacks. Placing a little welcome card in the package with their name on it is a nice touch.
You should probably stay home at least one night during your guest’s stay. The night in should include a tasty dinner followed by some light entertainment. This could be in the form of board games, video games, or another in-house activity. Avoid defaulting to a movie as your guest will probably want to interact with you instead.
Preparing for a Guest
The best way to accommodate for a last minute guest is to be prepared. Do your best to keep the house clean throughout the week and keep your shelves stocked with the bare essentials. Remember, you do not have to make your guest’s stay perfect, but you want them to feel at ease whenever they drop in.
Perry Carpenter is a freelance writer living in Springfield, Missouri. Her love of everything DIY was instilled from an early age by her mother. Growing up, creativity was encouraged, and Christmas prep involved making lots of homemade presents.
Perry has been a successful freelance writer since graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in journalism. She has worked on dozens of home renovations, completing projects from garage rebuilds and asbestos removal to shower installation. She has covered everything from auto repair to plumbing for DoItYourself.com.
In her spare time, Perry enjoys traveling, especially abroad. Her best friend since kindergarten has lived in many places around the world, giving Perry and her husband lots of vacation destinations. She currently has plans to visit Germany and Italy, followed by Scotland and England. Scotland especially holds a special place in her heart because of her deep Scottish roots. In fact, her profile picture was taken in Fort William, a town in the western Scottish Highlands.
Perry loves to cook for family and friends and can often be found prepping for the next big get together, whether it is a family birthday, or just another NFL Sunday.
She also volunteers by coaching youth volleyball, as well as by raising money for her father&rsquo;s memorial scholarship fund.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
Invention prototypes are another of his many accomplishments. He owned and operated a manufacturing business building Compact Utility Vehicles for homeowner use. H.R. enjoys making jams and jellies during fruit season along with cooking meals. He is committed to outdoor cooking in a Bar-B-Q pit he welded together several years ago. He maintains fruit and nut trees along with helping his wife with a vegetable garden. He farmed commercial garden produce for several years. It helps to have over 50 years of farming and ranching experience.
ASE Certified Master Auto Technician
Cross country truck driver -- over dimensional freight
Design Engineer/Project Manager for injection molded plastic company
Bus Driver/Substitute Teacher
Inventor with two patents (weight training &ndash; anti-rollback for manual wheelchair)
BS in Industrial Technology