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Visiting Houseguests

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  • ask if there are any special items (e.g., food, toiletries) they would like
  • clean and air their room and change the sheets
  • make some space in drawers and closets for their things
  • shop for extra food and supplies for your guests
  • clean out the car if guests will be riding in it
  • straighten up the rest of the house
  • tell guests what to pack for your activities and the local weather


  • an alarm clock, radio, and phone in their room
  • notepad and pen or pencil by the bed
  • water glass and pitcher by the bed
  • a good reading light, a few books, and some magazines
  • a hair dryer and iron nearby
  • fresh flowers, a mini-coffee pot, mints, and other "treats"


  • washcloths, bath towels, and hand towels
  • clean sheets, blankets, and extra pillows
  • extra soap, shampoo, toothpaste, TP, etc.
  • a box of tissues
  • a wastebasket


  • give them the tour of the house and show them the ropes
  • show them where extra towels, toiletries, etc. are
  • explain any rules about pets or children and introduce your guests
  • give them house and car keys -- and the code to the security system
  • offer local maps, brochures, tour books, etc.
  • show them how to adjust heater or air conditioner
  • show them exit routes in the event of a fire and demonstrate smoke alarms
  • outline mealtime plans, the schedule, and any other important info


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