The holidays are coming, and for many folks, that means house guests. Hosting people in a small home can be a challenge, but here are three tips for success when it comes to guests and small spaces.
1. Let them know what to expect. Will they have their own room? Share a bathroom? Sleep on an air mattress in the kitchen? Provide as many details as possible so that guests set realistic expectations for their visit.
2. Be hospitable. Small space or not, an enjoyable visit comes down to making a guest feel at home. Provide pastries for breakfast. Have coffee on hand, even if you don’t drink it. Put together a basket of toiletries in case they forgot something. Make children a “welcome kit” with coloring books and crayons. For more ideas, check out this article on ways to make guests feel at home.
3. If necessary, help them find an alternative. Maybe it’s just not feasible to host your brother’s family of four in your 200-square-foot studio. Instead of trying to achieve the impossible, use your local expertise to help your visitors find a good alternative. Perhaps a friend will be away for the holidays and wouldn’t mind a house sitter. Or maybe you can recommend a charming bed and breakfast. Keep your visitors’ tastes and budget in mind when making a suggestion.
What are your top tips for hosting house guests? What issues do you struggle with most?