Whether they come for a short stay or a long one, having, house guests can be a joy. It can be wonderful to have close friends or family members stay with you in your own home and see them on a day to day basis. But it can also be a time of stress because you have a greater number of people in the same amount of space to take care of. But with the tips below you can make having house guests almost hassle free.
Their own sleeping space
One of the biggest impositions for you as a homeowner is when house guests don’t have a designated sleeping space that is separate to the rest of the home.
It can seem like a great idea to put your guests up on camp beds, or airbed in the lounge or dining room. But if they are staying there for any longer than a night, it’s likely this won’t work.
This is because they won’t sleep well. Also, you will start to notice the inconvenience of having some of your living space used up with their beds and luggage. This can cause extra stress on everyone concerned and doesn’t exactly make for the most pleasant and calm visit.
That’s why it’s a great idea to have a dedicated room or space for guests. Some people chose to use an existing bedroom as a guest room. While others build an extension or space over their garage, that will act as a room for house guests. If this is something that you are considering, check out sites like www.thegarageplanshop.com. There you can buy and modify plans for this sort of thing.
Their own bathroom
Some folks go the extra mile and provide a separate bathroom for their guests. This is always a great idea as it means that your family bathroom is accessible as normal for you.
It also works well as your guest will be a lot more relaxed if they know they have easy access to their own toilet facilities. Then they won’t have to wait until everyone else is finished.
A guest bathroom doesn’t need to be huge and luxurious, though. A small bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet will suffice, as it will not be in constant use. It will also be easier to keep clean and tidy in between visits.
Inform them of the family routine
Another way to avoid any awkwardness, and take the hassle out of having house guests it to make sure they are aware of your family’s regular routine. You can do this by making a routine chart like the one at www.largefamiliesonpurpose.com.
It can really help your house guests to know what time everyone gets up and leaves the house. What time meals are, and the usual time that you go to bed. They can then decide whether they want to keep to these times, or how they can fit what they are doing in around them.
It also means that your family doesn’t end up getting out of that routine you spent ages trying to get them into, just because you have a house guest. Which is particularly useful if you have young kids, or if your guests will be staying with you for a long period of time.