Do you consider yourself the host/hostess with the most/mostest? Are you the envy of friends and family for the Pinterest-worthy parties you create? …No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been on the receiving end of: “I’m going to be in town this weekend! Mind if I crash at your place?” (*insert wide eyes emoji here*) Of course you want to accommodate but…ohmygosh how on earth will you get ready for company should you make muffins and possibly put on an apron and wow there’s so much to do where to start AHHHH.
We know. Luckily, we’re here to help. Below are some tips to make your apartment feel like a cute, cozy, home away from home for anyone that crashes at your pad.
Make Way for #AlloftheThings
If your guests are human, they’re going to bring things with them: clothing, bags, an electric waffle maker…fingers crossed for that last one, right? Make them feel more at home by cleaning up a place for them to specifically put their stuff. Whether it’s a closet or a small luggage rack, it helps to keep clutter off of the floor.
Make Mirrors Great Again
When it comes to getting ready, the last thing any guest wants to discover is that there is NO MIRROR. Let your guests know where they can find a full length or even bathroom mirror. If you don’t have a full length one, consider making the investment. Most dollar stores carry them for about $10, and they easily hang on the back of a door.
Travel Size Items Galore
We’ve all traveled and forgotten something or another on a trip. Have extra toiletries handy in the bathroom just to cover your guests. They’ll appreciate not having to yell from the bathroom about not having shampoo. Cover the basics with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, a toothbrush, toothpaste, maybe a small deodorant, and some feminine hygiene products.
Teach Them How to Work Your Complicated Electronics
No one likes to get home to their room after a long day and put up their feet, only to discover that the TV has some sort of weird code and five different controllers. Make it easier on yourself, and your guests, by writing down instructions for anything that may not be second nature. (Including your wifi password and network name.) This includes how to turn your shower on (because that is the WORST), how the coffee maker works, how to switch between Netflix and cable, etc.
So Fresh and So Clean
Make sure to provide fresh linens and towels. This should be pretty obvious; no one wants to dry off with a towel that you forgot you used post-color run. Also, everything should smell pretty. Seriously. Use some linen spray or room fragrances for extra kick.
Get Up Close and Personal
Out-of-towners, especially, appreciate a little personal touch. Leave a note in the bedroom letting your guest know that you’re glad they’re here. Put some fresh flowers out or even some light reading materials. Feeling really generous? Go all out with a basket of goodies, including drinks, snacks, and maybe a special trinket. Heads up: people really love this stuff.
At the end of the day, any small thing that you do for a guest will be appreciated. But it does pay to go that extra mile for an extra smile. (Oh yeah, that’s cheesy alright. But true.) Got any tips of your own? Share them with us on Facebook. Did you find any of these super helpful? We sure hope so; anything that gets you one step closer to that Pinterest dream apartment is alright by us. Keep coming back to the Apartment Life blog for more helpful tips and tricks for living in an apartment!